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Feed our future
Children are going hungry and we're not talking about in other countries.  It's happening right here in Lufkin.  When it comes to child hunger, Texas ranks 10th in the nation. Julie McManus, a counselor at Lufkin High School said not every child is getting the food they need.
(Read more from KTRE 9)
Restaurant company donates $9K to East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank received a $9,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants.  Darden's Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House brands participated in the program.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
God's Closet has grown with time
God's Closet is an organization that helps over a thousand needy citizens per month in Camp County by providing free clothes, food and fresh produce.  The free produce is given by the East Texas Food Bank and is available for everyone.  God's Closet also distributes several tons of food monthly to residents who can come one time a month to get food if they are in need.
(Read more from The Pittsburg Gazette)
What fresh produce means to children

Had someone told me two years ago that kids would clap and cheer over a banana and bunch of grapes, I probably would not have believed them.  However, the kids at our afterschool programs are thrilled to receive fresh produce.
The first time I noticed it was when I brought a box of bananas and some grapes to a site visit.  The kids said things like "we get a banana AND some grapes?!".  "This is the best day ever!" and "Can I please take one home to my mom?  She really loves bananas."
(Read more from the Feeding America blog)

Mobile food pantry comes to Marshall
After a weather cancellation two weeks ago, residents were finally able to receive food boxes courtesy of the East Texas Food Bank's mobile food pantry on Tuesday.
Working with the Texas and Louisiana Baptist Association, the food bank provided hundreds of boxes to residents who filled out applications to receive them.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Food pantries see increase in needs
Though East Texas food pantries have yet to see much change as a result of President Obama's signing of the nearly $1 trillion Agricultural Act of 2014 last week, increases in the amount of food pantry frequenters have been attributed to food cuts made in the fall of 2013.
(Read more from The Daily Sentinel)
Mobile food distribution canceled due to weather
Bad weather Tuesday caused organizers to cancel the first distribution from the mobile food pantry for Marshall.
The threat of inclement weather was enough for officials at the East Texas Food Bank to call recipients of food boxes and tell them not to come out to the Texas Louisiana Baptist District Association to receive them.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Wiley College students dine on knowledge of world hunger
For numerous Wiley College students, the weekend was an enlightening chance to learn about world hunger.
On Saturday, around 100 students and visitors gathered for the college's annual Ethical Student Leadership Conference's Hunger Banquet.  During the banquet, Wiley's Student Government Association Panel and the Wiley College Hunger Initiative donated $1,400 to East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Young girls in East Texas feeling empowered
Green Acres Baptist Church held a 'Girl Power 2013-2014' event on Saturday from 8:30am-11:30am, sponsored by The Junior League of Tyler.  The event is designed to inspire and influence Smith County sixth grade girls to be making good decisions.
(Read more from KETK NBC)
East Texas Food Bank receives new car from Toyota's '100 Cars for Good' program
The East Texas Food Bank now has a new way to travel across the 26 counties they serve every day.  A 2014 Toyota Prius was given to the East Texas Food Bank as part of Toyota's annual 100 Cars For Good philanthrophy program.
(Read more from KLTV 7)
9th annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament to take place in mid January

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is inviting players of all levels to fling a disc for the East Texas Food Bank during the 2014 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament.  The event will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Lindsey Park located at 1255 Spur 364 West.                        More information
Read more from KETK NBC56)

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