Faces of Hunger

These stories put a "face to hunger", to show how anyone can be affected.  The East Texas Food Bank is committed to addressing these hunger issues and needs of East Texans. 

Carmen RR Newsletter Summer 2013"I have to tell you how thankful I am for the East Texas Food Bank and our community food pantry - they provide food for my husband, my three children and me.  My name is Carmen and I've only been coming here for a few months, but each time it puts a smile on my face.  I appreciate coming here.  We might come in sad, but we always leave smiling.  I'm not working right now, so life has been hard.  My husband works, but it's difficult to keep getting enough work to help us survive as a family."

Read more about Carmen in our latest Servings Newsletter 
Melissa RR Newsletter Summer 2012"My name is Melissa.  I am grateful to the East Texas Food Bank and the Dorcas House, where I'm able to come for food I'd never be able to afford.  I have a wonderful family, but it pains me not to be able to take better care of them.  My husband works and he gets paid tomorrow - but we need food today.  Without the help of someone like you, I don't know what I would do.  And it's not just food: it's good, nutritious food that allows me to make balanced meals - something I'd never be able to do if I had to buy these ingredients at the market.  My entire family thanks you for your kindness."

Read more about Melissa in our Servings Newsletter 
Dominic Capetillo"My name is Dominic. I’m smiling for two reasons today: because I love my children, and I love the food we receive from the East Texas Food Bank. My two daughters are always hungry, and I need all the help I can get to keep food on the table.  My children are so happy when we get in the car to come get the nutritious food you help provide. I’m doing everything I can to raise my kids with good values, and want them to do well in school. That's my main objective."

Read more about Domininc in our Servings Newsletter 
"My name is Ryan, and I like coming to the park during the summer with my brother Michael.  We always get a good meal when we come, because sometimes we don't have enough food at home. "
"My name is Barbara, and I'm a 57 year-old widowed retiree.  I've worked in the admissions office at a college, a substitute teacher, and as a cleark in a law firm.  However, now I suffer from severe osteoarthritis and my only income is the disability I get each month.  I knew about the Salvation Army in Tyler, because I have donated and volunteered before.  I am not ashamed.  These services are not for uneducated, drug users, or abusive alcoholics; this is for people that have been dealth a hand of cards that they cannot trade.  We have to keep living." 

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