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Here are resources for North Texas families experiencing food insecurity during latest COVID surge

This story, originally published in The Dallas Morning News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and Texas Metro News. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’ communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

Local food pantries gear up to fill need of residents who are feeling the economic effects of prolonged pandemic

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Marah Suarez pictured with community food pantry she founded, Maria’s Bodeguita, in Dallas, on Thursday..(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

By Sriya Reddy

As cases of COVID-19 rise in North Texas, many are facing continuous financial difficulties and food insecurity. According to a UT Southwestern study, families without access to food are still feeling the economic effects of the pandemic two years into it.

Maria’s Bodeguita is one food resource organization that runs a small pantry in Dallas. The foun

der, Marah Salazar, said that she launched during the pandemic, and noticed that the pantry needed to be restocked quicker after the latest COVID-19 spike.

“The need is definitely there,” Salazar said. “We just need to get the community more informed and more excited about donating.”

If you are looking for food, here are some places in the Dallas area that can help.

Aunty Bette’s Food Pantry: Located Next to St. Phillips School. Those with proof of residence in 75210 or 75215 can come on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The address is 1502 Pennsylvania Ave.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand: Appointment based grocery store located at 3906 N. Westmoreland Rd. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

North Texas Food Bank: Various food assistance programs including mobile food pantries, programs for seniors, and local partnerships.

CitySquare: Food Pantry is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 1610 S Malcolm X Blvd, Bldg. 350.

Maria’s Bodeguita: Neighborhood Pantry located at 8749 Lake June Road. It is currently working on finding a location outside of a local business or property for a second pantry.

Food Not Bombs Dallas: Serves meals every Sunday at 2800 Gould Street and the community pantry location is at 3503 Spring Ave in South Dallas.

“The need is definitely there,” Salazar said. “We just need to get the community more informed and more excited about donating.”

If you are looking for food, here are some places in the Dallas area that can help.

Aunty Bette’s Food Pantry: Located Next to St. Phillips School. Those with proof of residence in 75210 or 75215 can come on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The address is 1502 Pennsylvania Ave.

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand: Appointment based grocery store located at 3906 N. Westmoreland Rd. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

North Texas Food Bank: Various food assistance programs including mobile food pantries, programs for seniors, and local partnerships.

CitySquare: Food Pantry is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 1610 S Malcolm X Blvd, Bldg. 350.

Maria’s Bodeguita: Neighborhood Pantry located at 8749 Lake June Road. It is currently working on finding a location outside of a local business or property for a second pantry.

Food Not Bombs Dallas: Serves meals every Sunday at 2800 Gould Street and the community pantry location is at 3503 Spring Ave in South Dallas.

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