Temple: Record number get assistance from local VA mobile food pantry

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Thursday was a record-breaking day for a local VA’s monthly mobile food pantry event.

More than 300 people received assistance Thursday from the Central Texas Food Pantry mobile pantry.

Unlike past events, this one was opened to furloughed federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown as well as veterans.

The event was held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Temple Olin E. Teague Veterans' Medical Center.

"The Central Texas Food Bank is a great partner," said Christopher R. Sandles, director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.
"When we asked them to extend food safety assistance to furloughed federal employees, they did not hesitate to offer their help and we extend our sincere appreciation to them."

Communications Director Deborah Meyer said the previous record was 276 people.

There are two other events held across Central Texas.

There is one at the Austin VA Outpatient Clinic on the fourth Tuesday of every month and at the Waco Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center on the first Wednesday of each month.