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Food Drive at Stampede feeds thousands

Drone photo shows about 1000 cars lined up, from the Stampede and Escapade event centers on the right, to Eastex Freeway on the left.

Boxes available every Thursday

EAST ALDINE – The owners of the event centers Stampede and Escapade have teamed up with local organizations, to provide boxes of food and milk to residents of the area.

The distribution has been happening every Thursday morning, from 7am to 11am, or when the food runs out.

According to club owner Rob Ferdows, an average of 1600 to 2500 persons have been served every Thursday. Cars line up in the large 20 acre parking lot and patiently wait while the food distribution gets under way.

Ferdows says, “The central location and the large parking lot is ideal for events, but also allows us to uniquely help our community during times of need.”

This is not the first time that Ferdows has reached out to help the community. After Hurricane Harvey, they provided food and water for over 8 weeks to the community.

The boxes include fresh fruit and milk, and will be available every Thursday from July 9th through August 27, Ferdows said.

Helping with the distribution and food supply are Borden Dairy, DiMare Fresh Produce, East Aldine District and Harris County Deputies, and Danny and Donna Garcia, who are coordinating the drives. State Representative Armando Walle has also championed the Food Drive.

The Stampede and Escapade Event Centers are part of ImagenVenues, and are located at 11903 Eastex Freeway. The larges clubs have buildings of 50,000 and 35,000, and hold many popular community events and concerts.

The food drive is open to everyone, with no pre-registration or appointment necessary. Just bring your car Thursday mornings, and benefit from the drive. Recipients are welcome to come every week during the Food Drive.