Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank is returning to Lafayette County with its Mobile Pantry.

On Thursday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to noon Harvest Texarkana will distribute pantry boxes and USDA commodities directly from their truck which will be parked at 827 Central Avenue in Stamps, Arkansas.

Seniors (65 and older) will be served first from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; the remainder will be served from 11 a.m. to noon. Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices, and other items. Residents in need must bring photo identification (or a utility bill) showing that they reside in Lafayette County as well as documentation indicating their age.

“We have several communities in our rural service area that are not fully served by local partner agencies. To be sure that the residents in these areas are served, we are providing direct service where needed.” said Camille Parker, Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank.

Volunteers are needed to help load boxes into cars and help recipients with the short application. If you can volunteer, please call Harvest Texarkana at 870-774-1398.

One distribution will be made per household and residents cannot pick up food for others. Food will be available for those that declare they have a need, and additional federal commodities will be available for those that meet income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location. Full income guidelines can be found on our website at www.harvesttexarkana.org under Programs/TEFAP. In the chance of bad weather, the mobile pantry distribution will be rescheduled.

Harvest Texarkana has been serving rural communities for over a year with this program. The first community served by this program was Lafayette County in 2011. During that distribution over 7,500 lbs of food were distributed to 100 families in less than 2 hours. Since then, over 10 other distributions have occurred.