One of the world’s biggest poverty-alleviating organizations has started distributing food to families impacted by COVID-19 on its own doorstep in Texas.
Gospel for Asia (GFA World, www.gfa.org) — known for clean water projects and disaster relief in Asia’s poorest nations — is helping distribute food to hundreds of families living near its international headquarters in Texas, one of America’s coronavirus hotspots.
GFA World is teaming up with nonprofit group Body of Life to carry out food giveaways at its campus in Wills Point, 50 miles east of Dallas.
At the most recent drive-thru event, volunteers — including the city’s mayor — handed out more than 1,200 USDA “Farmer to Families” food boxes containing fresh produce and other food items to local families, many left jobless by business closures.
“When families come in, their heads are down,” said Louie Alexander, a spokesperson for Body of Life. “But by the time they leave, there are smiles on their faces.”
The organizations plan to stage local food distributions every month for the foreseeable future. They’ve also handed out food packages at local apartment complexes.
Many Texans are teetering on the edge of hunger, struggling with job layoffs and reduced work hours as the coronavirus continues to cripple the economy.
According to Feeding Texas, the state’s biggest hunger relief network, one in every seven Texans is “food insecure” — or doesn’t have enough to eat. That number could increase rapidly due to COVID-19. Nationwide, nearly half of America’s families are at risk of going hungry because of the coronavirus, says hunger relief organization No Kid Hungry.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service