Farmers Bank & Trust continues construction work on its permanent location on Lamar Avenue in Paris but has also made a significant donation to help Downtown Food Pantry upgrade their parking lot.
“Right in the middle of them building their big, new Paris headquarters here they are giving to help us pour concrete,” said pantry director Allan Hubbard. “That’s very generous and shows their commitment to helping the community.”
The pantry’s board of directors is humbled by Farmers Bank and Trust demonstrating what it means to give to people in need while establishing business and personal banking relationships in the Paris area.
Farmers joins Liberty National, First Federal and Peoples Bank in financially contributing so the food pantry’s almost one-acre parking lot finally matches the quality of the rest of their facilities.
North Texas Food Bank, based in Plano and serving 13 counties in the region, also awarded a sustainability grant to see their partner agency’s parking upgraded.
“NTFB is always there for us in so many ways,” Hubbard said. “We get the majority of our food from them and they always look for innovative solutions to see food insecurity lessened in Lamar County.”
Downtown Food Pantry hired Dylan Stephens’ DCS Concrete who began the project in May.
“We continue to give out pre-made food boxes at the Lamar County fairgrounds on our normal Tuesday and Thursday schedule while construction goes on,” Hubbard said.
Much of the project is complete with some of the thicker sections enabling semi-truck deliveries still to be poured. Hubbard said the target is for normal pantry operations to resume at the end of July.
For more information, call 903-737-8870, find the pantry on Facebook, or visit downtownfoodpantry.org.