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Food bank to distribute emergency boxes Wednesday, July 8

A previous Tarrant Area Food Bank distribution assisted 2,500 families.

A previous Tarrant Area Food Bank distribution assisted 2,500 families.

In response to COVID-19, Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) is holding an emergency food box distribution at Globe Life Field in Arlington, 8 a.m. to noon July 8 in the Prius Lot F off of AT&T Way.

The 136th Air National Guard will staff the event and distribute food to families via drive-thru. This event is TAFB's second massive distribution at this site, previously feeding 2,500 families.

This event is designed to serve any residents of the greater Fort Worth area who are in need of food assistance and anyone whose access to nutritious food has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency SNAP benefits extended

Posted July 6, 2020

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $182 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for July as the state continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. HHSC received federal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend the maximum, allowable amount of SNAP benefits to recipients based on family size.

"The extension of these emergency SNAP benefits helps ensure that Texans can provide nutritious food for their families as the state continues to combat COVID-19," Gov. Greg Abbott said. "Securing access to healthy food in our communities is an important part of our response to this pandemic."

More than 950,000 SNAP households will see the additional amount on their Lone Star Card by July 11. The emergency July allotments are in addition to the $628 million in benefits previously provided to Texans in April, May and June.

Administered by the Health and Human Services Commission, SNAP is a federal program that provides food assistance to approximately 1.4 million eligible low-income families and individuals in Texas.

Texans in need can apply online for benefits, including SNAP and Medicaid.

League of Neighborhoods

General Membership Meeting
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Dear Members and Friends,

In response to the sadness across the nation and in our city over the mistreatment of minorities by some law enforcement officers, the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations (FWLNA) postposed its second quarter meeting originally scheduled for June 4th, 2020. We knew that it was not time to talk about anything that would be considered less important than helping to find ways to ensure all people received the respect and protection they deserve from all law enforcement officers.

In a special meeting of the Board of Directors, we agreed that one of our gifted Board members, Rev. Michael Moore should address our members and the public at large. He will present a perspective on recent events that is meant to unite and create a movement to develop a unified culture in Fort Worth. We all have so many things in common including a strong desire to be safe and live a good life. Rev. Moore will have information from many areas of the city because the more we know about each other, the more we can appreciate each other and protect each other.

Also, if you have not yet had a chance to pay your 2020 dues, they can be paid online using the following link: http://fwlna.org/contact/join/

With regards,
Tony Perez
President, Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations

Library curbside service begins May 19

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While Fort Worth Public Library facilities remain closed to the public, staff are preparing to offer curbside service at five locations starting Tuesday, May 19.

Curbside service will be available 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon- 5 p.m. Saturday at these locations:

"We are pleased to begin offering the curbside service as we evaluate the best ways to reopen our facilities in the future," said Library Director Manya Shorr. "Our staff will be following the recommended safety protocols, wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding direct contact with the public."

Library buildings will remain closed to the public. The City of Fort Worth is working on a reopening plan for libraries, community centers and other buildings that are closed.

Library materials that have been on hold since the Library closed their doors to the public on March 13 will be available for customers to pick up starting on Tuesday, May 19. Existing holds will be transferred to the open location closest to the customer's original home location. When items are available for pickup, customers will be notified via email and given instructions on next steps.

Return of materials will be accepted only at the five curbside-service locations. Items will be held for at least 72 hours before they are sorted, checked back in and available for others to check out.

Updates on curbside-service procedures will be shared online. Digital materials and resources are available at the Library's website, social media channels and through the Libby app.

Neighborhood Events

Eastern Hills Homeowners annual July 4 Parade

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Eastside neighbors, businesses donate more than $3,300 in gift cards to first responders

West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association City Affairs chair Mike Phipps presented the first in a series of gift cards from Eastside residents, neighborhood associations, and businesses to Eastside Division Police and Handley and John T White station firefighters.

Phipps spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $3000 for gift cards from area restaurants and a coffee shop to support first responders.

This started as a simple idea: provide a catered lunch from a local business to 30 Fort Worth Police and Code Compliance officers. But the idea expanded to be much more due to COVID-19.

"We wanted our Eastside-area first responders to know that we truly appreciate all they do for us and at the same time support our area's small businesses. Many of them are struggling, and it only seemed fitting to help in more ways than one during this tough time," said project organizer and West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association board member Mike Phipps.

Several Eastside neighborhood associations – West Meadowbrook, Central Meadowbrook, Eastern Hills, Handley and Woodhaven – partnered to purchase 154 restaurant gift cards in $10 to $20 increments as appreciation gifts for first responders and frontline workers. In all, they collected $3,345.

Donations came from the neighborhood associations and local businesses – Medford Remodeling, Pet's Best Friend, Mindset Fitness & Yoga, Darwin & Associates, Lone Star Motors and Gallant Marble & Granite. Funds were also collected from 36 generous Eastside residents.

To continue to support the Eastside community, the associations decided to purchase gift cards from local small businesses. Cards came from a variety of Eastside mom-and-pop restaurants so the recipients could stay in the area and enjoy a meal provided by community members.

In all, 75 firefighters from four stations, 52 police officers from the East Division, 12 Code Compliance officers and 15 MedStar paramedics were given a gift card.

Residents in the Eastside have not only been able to provide a tasty meal to the city's first responders, they also found a way to support local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Station 7 John T White - 12 gift cards

East Division police - 52 gift cards

Station 24 Handley - 27 gift cards

Double Up Food Bucks program at Cowtown Farmers Market enables SNAP recipients to stretch their food dollars

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Looking for healthy, fresh-from-the-farm produce for the family table this summer? Cowtown Farmers Market is the place to shop, and now local families that are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can stretch their food dollars even further with the new Double Up Food Bucks initiative.

Area residents with a Lone Star Card can double their spending at the Cowtown Farmers Market. Participants can swipe their Lone Star Cards at the market information tent (Shine's Farmstand) to buy SNAP tokens and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens. Tokens can then be used for SNAP-eligible items at the market; tokens don't expire and can be used at the market any time.

Double Up Food Bucks is part of a national network that is working to increase healthy food access in partnership with farmers markets, farm stands, grocery stores and other retail locations. North Texas Healthy Communities and Blue Zones Project are funding the Double Up Food Bucks program in Tarrant County. While the program normally matches $1 for $1 up to $10 a day, matching will be offered on an unlimited basis at least through the summer in response to an increased need for food access related to COVID-19. North Texas Healthy Communities is the community outreach arm of Texas Health Resources that focuses on the delivery of community benefit through well-being improvement.

Access to fresh produce can drastically improve the overall health of a community. According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, 22% of Tarrant County households have no vehicle and live more than a mile from a grocery store or supermarket. What's more, Tarrant County Public Health reports that 66% of Tarrant County residents are overweight or obese, and 63% of Fort Worth adults suffer from a diet-related chronic disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Cowtown Farmers Market is at 3821 Southwest Blvd., on the Benbrook Traffic Circle. The market, which features fruits, vegetables and products all locally-grown and produced, is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday.

Cowtown Farmers Market is designated an outdoor grocery and is allowed to be open during COVID restrictions. Shoppers are asked to observe social distancing and remain home if they feel sick.