ADVISORY: Food Bank of the RGV to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony

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For Planning Purposes: 07/10/2024
Contact: Wesley Story, 972.999.5225
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ADVISORY: Food Bank of the RGV to Host Groundbreaking Ceremony

***Thursday, July 11 at 10am***

PHARR, TEXAS – On Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m., the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (FBRGV) will host a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction on the food bank’s new Produce Resource Center.

“The new Produce Resource Center will house a cooler, freezer, and operations area and will allow the Food Bank of the RGV to serve more community members with healthy produce options,” said Libby Saenz, CEO of FBRGV. “We are grateful for the generous support from the Adam R. Scripps Foundation, which made construction of this new building possible.”

Produce sourced in the Rio Grande Valley is distributed statewide by the Collaborative for Fresh Produce, which serves 20 food banks in the Feeding Texas network and dozens more across the Feeding America network of food banks. Through this collaboration, 75 million pounds of nutritious fresh produce are distributed annually, reaching over 4 million hungry Texans.

Adam Scripps lived a life of humble generosity. The family-run Adam R. Scripps Foundation, established posthumously in 2023, allocates millions annually to Scripps’ cherished causes like animal welfare and community development, with grants overseen by his relatives to honor his legacy. In 2023, the Foundation donated $900,000 to support FBRGV’s new Produce Rescue Center, which will enable CFP and the Food Bank of the RGV to double the amount of fresh produce distributed to food insecure Texans.

“As a family-run Foundation, we strive to make grants that create meaningful change for people and communities,” said Alex Bakkum, Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Adam R. Scripps Foundation. “It is our privilege to support organizations, like Feeding Texas, that are committed to improving lives and ending food insecurity for children and families.”

The following provides details about the groundbreaking ceremony for any reporters wishing to attend.

  • WHO: Libby Saenz, CEO of FBRGV
    FBRGV staff
    RGV community members
  • WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for Produce Resource Center
  • WHEN: Thursday, July 11
    10 a.m. CST
  • WHERE: Food Bank of the RGV
    724 N. Cage Blvd., Pharr, Texas

Please contact Carla Yruegas at cyruegas@foodbankrgv.com with questions and to RSVP for the event.

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Feeding Texas is a network of 20 food banks and leads a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. Learn more and find your local food bank at www.feedingtexas.org. 

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