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ETFB partners with Food Finders of Smith County for senior food box delivery

The delivery service is for low-income seniors over 60 that are homebound or quarantined and at risk of hunger.

TYLER, Texas — The East Texas Food Bank has partnered with Food Finders of Smith County to deliver food boxes to low-income seniors in Tyler city limits.

According to a press release, the delivery service is for low-income seniors over 60 that are home-bound or quarantined and at risk of hunger.

"We have a new partnership with the Food Finders of Smith County that have helped identify at risk of hunger seniors over the age of 60 that are home-bound or self quarantined," Tim Butler of the East Teas Food Bank. 

The senior delivery box is about 16 to 18 meals so it can last a single senior a few days.

"What we’re trying to do is create a recurring weekly distribution to the seniors that sign up. We tried to focus on pantry staples, so things are gonna last a long time and not write on your shelves," Butler said. "So rice, beans, canned meats, vegetables and fruits.

Boxes will contain shelf-stable groceries such as dried beans, rice, pasta and canned meat, fruits and vegetables and will provide items for up to 16 meals.

Seniors must fall within the following guidelines:

Credit: East Texas Food Bank

On Tuesday, March 31, seniors can start calling the East Texas Food Bank at 903-617-2046 between 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to sign up for delivery and voicemails will not be accepted.

Seniors will need to provide the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Delivery Address
  • Number of People Living in the Household
  • Verbal Declaration of Income

Food Finders of Smith County will call seniors prior to delivery and verbal confirmation of senior’s name is needed.