Tyler Pipe Donates $10,000 to
the East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program
(Tyler, Texas) August 21, 2013 – Just in time for back to school, Tyler Pipe donates $10,000 to support the
East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program at Tyler Independent School District. The BackPack Program
provides weekend meals to children who participate in school meal programs during the week, but face
hunger on weekends.
“We are extremely grateful to Tyler Pipe for their very generous support,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive
director of the East Texas Food Bank. “Feeding our children and ensuring them of a sound nutritional
foundation is critical to their education, their future and the development of our community.”
The East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program is designed to close this weekend “hunger gap” for children
from low income families who might not have food otherwise throughout East Texas. Every Friday, for 36
weeks during the school year, participating children will receive a backpack filled with nutritious, kid‐
friendly foods such as soup, peanut butter, granola bars, fruit, juice and shelf‐stable milk. It’s enough food
to last them until Monday morning, when school meal programs resume.
“Tyler Pipe is proud to have the opportunity to partner with the East Texas Food Bank in support of the
BackPack Program. This program is vital to the under privileged children in our community,” says Faye
Pettigrew, human resources manager of Tyler Pipe. “As always, Tyler Pipe welcomes the chance to stand
behind community endeavors that positively affect the residents of Smith County. In fact, when we
received the request for support, we were more than willing to offer our assistance. Some of our own
Team Members have three generations of children going to school in our community. Tyler Pipe is
committed to being a leader by pledging our support to organizations like the East Texas Food Bank and
making our community a better place to live.”
ETFB raises the funds to support the program, provides the food, buys the backpacks, and covers all other
administrative costs. Volunteers package the backpack “kits” at the East Texas Food Bank’s distribution
warehouse and deliver the kits directly to participating campuses. Staff and faculty members at each
participating campus choose children that qualify for the program, based on an assessment of need, and
store and distribute the backpacks.
During the 2012‐2013 school year, the East Texas Food Bank operated the BackPack Program at all 18
elementary campuses in Tyler and distributed nearly 30,000 backpacks, serving more than 1,100 children.
At a projected cost of $4.50 per backpack, a gift of $10,000 would provide food for 2,222 backpacks –
enough for about 62 children to receive nutritious weekend meals throughout the school year.
About Tyler Pipe
Tyler Pipe is a division of McWane, Inc. and produces cast iron soil pipe and fittings for the commercial building
market. McWane, Inc. is a family business based in Birmingham, Alabama with iron foundries across the United
States, Canada, and China. McWane’s divisions focus on the safe, environmentally friendly manufacturing of ductile
iron pipe, cast iron soil pipe, fittings, hydrants and valves. These and other products provide the backbone of vital
water distribution and wastewater treatment systems for communities across North America. The company employs
more than 5,500 team members and has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where our
employees live and work. For more information, please visit www.tylerpipe.com.
About East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank provided more than 14 million meals in 2012, which is more than 16 million pounds of
food, to more than 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger‐free East Texas and our
mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America
and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us on Facebook at
facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank .