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Across the State

Special to The Dallas Examiner


The North Texas Food Bank will return to Fair Park to distribute free food Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., or until all available food has been distributed. This will be the fourth food distribution event held there since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, in addition to drive-up service, NTFB will add a walk-up option for guests without vehicles.

Guests will be required to fill out a self-declared, no ID required intake form. Once complete, the form should be placed, face-up, on the vehicle dashboard. Intake forms collect information required for the Emergency Food Assistance Program, including name, address, monthly income and household size.

The pick-up area for guests in vehicles will be in Lots 15 and 16. Drivers should enter through Gate 2 only, located at the intersection of Parry Avenue and Haskell Avenue, and follow directional signage to the pick-up area. Guess are asked not to start lining up until 7 a.m. Safety precautions have been established to limit any physical interaction with the NTFB and volunteers on site.

All boxed food will be placed in the trunk of the vehicle. If the trunk does not open, the staff will place the food on hood, roof or trunk of the car and ask the guest to drive forward and transfer the boxes to the inside of their car.

Walk-up guests are required to wear a mask and are asked to practice social distancing while in line. The pick-up area will be located in between the Women’s Building and Gate 3. Guests should enter only at the Fair Park Station Dart Entrance, located at the intersection of Parry Avenue and Exposition Avenue and follow the signage inside the park to the pick-up location.

The Dallas Police Department will be onsite to assist with traffic flow.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit and sign up online. Spectra has partnered with The Prep Kitchen to provide complimentary meals for NTFB staff and the volunteers during the event.

Visit for information.

New COVID-19 testing site to open at Eastfield College

A new COVID-19 testing site opened Monday at Eastfield College in Mesquite after the site at the University of Dallas in Irving closed Friday. Dallas city and county residents are eligible for a free COVID-19 test from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in the La Prada Drive parking lot entrance. Residents will still be required to verify their address with a utility bill or library card. A maximum of 500 tests will be given each day and administered in order of arrival.

For a full list of testing locations, visit or call 214-670-INFO.


Proposals now being accepted for South Dallas Fair Park Opportunity Fund

Organizations have an opportunity to apply for funding to provide human development programs or services directly benefiting residents of the South Dallas Fair Park community.

The SDFPOF provides loans and grants to promote economic development and support human development initiatives in neighborhoods surrounding Fair Park. NOFA provides the form of application and scoring criteria for the human services grants. A maximum of $100,000 will be awarded to fund the projects and services.

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 21 no later than 5 p.m. Proposals may be delivered to the Office of Economic Development located at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St, 6DN Dallas, Texas 75201, in a sealed envelope marked “OPPORTUNITY FUND NOFA” or emailed to

To apply, visit

Mollie Finch Belt is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Examiner. She attended elementary school in Tuskegee, Ala.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Dallas, Texas. In 1961, she graduated from...

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