RED Bus Program Meets People Where the Need Is

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On Wednesday morning, the Tarrant Area Food Bank's RED Bus pulled into a batch successful Fort Worth's Wesley community. The autobus is agleam red, but RED is for 'Resources and Education Delivered'.

"These radical are really, truly successful need," TAFB Community Resource Specialist Roy Rodriguez explained. "They don't person much, and they don't spot a batch of people.

The RED Bus is simply a one-stop store to assistance radical who unrecorded successful nutrient godforsaken zip codes motion up for societal services similar SNAP and Medicaid, portion besides providing a tiny nutrient pantry.

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"Less than fractional the radical who are eligible for these programs really motion up," TAFB President and CEO Julie Butner said. "They don't person a means to get to the location, oregon they don't person idiosyncratic who tin benignant of locomotion them done what's required successful presumption of paperwork."

"It's a nightmare, and it's precise frustrating," Sheila Strayhorn said astir trying to record for assistance connected her own. "Lots of anxiety. Lots of nights are precise rough."

Strayhorn was referred to the RED Bus for help. Rodriguez spent astir fractional an hr with each idiosyncratic who sat crossed from him looking to get help.

"They consciousness special. They consciousness similar they're loved. They consciousness similar idiosyncratic cares for them," Rodriguez said. "So we're trying to attraction for them, and successful the process, effort to marque them consciousness human."

The areas targeted by the RED Bus person little beingness expectancies, owed successful part, to a deficiency of fresh, steadfast food. The RED Bus volition question to those areas to marque nutrient and services accessible to those who request it.

"So assistance is connected the way," Rodriguez said.

The RED Bus is funded by the City of Fort Worth and the Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation.

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