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Local nonprofit, food bank team up to feed those in need

Some families in Brownsville struggle to put food on the table, and for others, it's tough to figure out the best food options when conquering a healthy lifestyle.

Some families in Brownsville struggle to put food on the table, and for others, it's tough to figure out the best food options when conquering a healthy lifestyle.

The Mesa Llena Project, a collaborative effort between Good Neighbor Settlement House and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, works to improve client lifestyles and provide meals to those with a lack of consistent access to food.

"We feel like this is a strategic service to bring resources to this neighborhood that's vitally needing them," said Good Neighbor Settlement House Director Jack White.

The program will offer educational classes on healthy life choices to financial stability courses.

"The shopping experience is free, but it will give them some good habits," said RGV Food Bank Manager Communications & Advocacy Omar I. Rodriguez. "So, when they go to a retail shop, it will be familiar for them on making choices. It won't be so different."

Good Neighbor Settlement House turned its former thrift shop into a client-choice pantry to provide healthy food options and a demo kitchen.

People shopping for food there will be able to learn how to cook healthy meals with their items at the on-site demo kitchen.

For information on classes, or to find out if you qualify, contact the RGV Food Bank at 956-682-8101.

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