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Faith and community leaders team up with City of Fort Worth to provide necessities, COVID-19 information

Posted April 21, 2020

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Volunteers prepare sacks of fresh produce and nonperishable food for distribution.

Faith and Community Leaders United has teamed up with the City of Fort Worth to provide neighborhoods with food and up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation.

The next distribution event is from noon to 2 p.m. April 25 at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2851 Evans Ave. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8 a.m. to unload the truck.

“This is the kind of collaborative that makes sense and meets needs during a pandemic. The people are coming by the hundreds, and we can provide them with useful information and helpful items,” said K.P. Tatum, pastor of New Mount Rose Missionary Baptist Church and coordinator for the food distribution events.

To help meet needs in southeast Fort Worth, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks, State Rep. Nicole Collier, City Councilmember Gyna Bivens and Precinct 8 Constable Michael Campbell are working with Faith and Community Leaders United to get food, information and supplies to vulnerable people throughout Tarrant County.

Bivens attended a recent food distribution event and made these observations: “There were people in line who were recently laid off. There were people whose discretionary income budgets were wiped out because of COVID-19. They all started lining up around 10:30, creating an incredible line of vehicles. I was moved by the actions of both givers and receivers. The Tarrant Area Food Bank made it happen with its generous donations of food. This was the second week in a row that Bishop (Robert L.) Sample made his parking lot (at Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ) available. This allowed volunteers and recipients to practice safe distancing. I’m very concerned that there are still some people who may be without food because of this pandemic.”

More than 25 churches and organizations from North Texas cities are working together in this faith-based response to the crisis.

Faith and Community Leaders United plans to continue serving through the recovery phase of the pandemic. “Rain, shine, snow or sleet, God’s children have to eat,” Tatum said.

To learn more about the distribution events, contact Tatum via email at 817-966-7625.

To view a comprehensive list of resources available locally during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Community Resources page on the city’s website.

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