The Dallas Cowboys provided the location for the Tarrant Area Food Bank to hold their “Meals for Moms Mega Mobile Market” on Tuesday.
DALLAS — The Tarrant Area Food Bank had just one simple request: a huge, vacant parking lot.
It was a task the Cotton Bowl and the Dallas Cowboys could easily provide.
The Tarrant Area Food Bank held their “Meals for Moms Mega Mobile Market” on Tuesday, distributing food to almost 4,000 families that drove through Silver Lot 4 outside AT&T Stadium.
“This is a huge parking lot,” Tarrant Area Food Bank President Julie Butner said.
“There aren’t very many parking lots of this size that can accommodate a Mega Mobile Market. So, having their support at this location, which is an icon in our community, centrally located in our service area. This is where our community members need our support. It’s huge and a wonderful, wonderful thing that they are doing for the food bank,” said Butner.
The Meals for Moms Mega Mobile Market isn’t just for moms; it is for anyone who needs food assistance, as food insecurities have been on the rise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
One Tarrant County woman said the event was “right on time” as her husband, a dialysis patient, had been laid off from his retail job in January.
Though the scores of clients who lined the parking lot were on a financial rollercoaster, Butner says the event is designed to give the financially struggling a smoother ride.
“People are always in crisis whether they lose a job, they lose a spouse, they lose some source of income,” Butner said. “They’re stretched. Their dollar is stretched. That’s what we’re here for is to help support so people don’t have to make decisions about eating. They can make decisions about paying other bills. There’s food on the table for them and their families.”