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Altra Federal Credit Union's "Swipe Away Hunger" gives to East Texas Food Bank
Altra CUAltra Federal Credit Union presented a donation of $831 to the East Texas Food Bank as a part of their one day “Swipe Away Hunger” national campaign.  For every member that swiped their debit card on May 28th, 2014, $1 was donated.  Over $5,000 was raised and divided among community organizations in cities where Altra Federal Credit Union branches are located.  Pictured are Dennis Cullinane, CEO of ETFB and Brad Farr, Office Manager, of Altra Federal Credit Union.
Student fighting hunger with self-created bracelets
Kiymiya LameaKiymiya Lamea is a fourth grade student. She heard about the work the East Texas Food Bank does and wanted to help.  She created bracelets to sell to her friends, with the proceeds going to help feed children in East Texas.  Kiymiya sold enough bracelets to provide 320 meals to those who children who are in danger of not having a meal today.  Kiymiya and her mom stopped by the East Texas Food Bank to present her gift and meet the staff.  Thanks for your hard work and dedication Kiymiya!
Van Zandt County Farm Bureau and members donate to the East Texas Food Bank
Van Zandt Farm BureauThe Van Zandt County Farm Bureau and its members recently donated $1,200 to the East Texas Food Bank.
Beaumont Foundation donates to the East Texas Food Bank
Beaumont Foundation
The Beaumont Foundation of America generously donated
$50,000
 to the East Texas Food Bank. Robert W. Craft (left), General Counsel of the Beaumont Foundation of America, presented the $50,000 check to Dennis Cullinane (right), executive director of the East Texas Food Bank.
East Texas Food Bank receives $5,000 from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Bank of America Charitable FoundationThe East Texas Food Bank received a $5,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to sustain the Senior Servings™ Program.  The collaborative program, designed to close the weekend hunger gap by providing additional weekend food assistance to low‐income senior citizens.  Participants receive a bag of nutritious, easy‐to‐prepare foods like soup, stews, crackers, fruit, cereal and juice each Friday.  The East Texas Food Bank currently serves approximately 225 seniors through the Senior Servings™ Program.
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Tyler Pipe donates $10,000 to East Texas Food Bank BackPack Program
Tyler PipeJust 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.
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Madelynn's "summer goal" to help kids in need

Madelynn CrowEleven-year-old Madelynn had a  summer goal.
“I researched how kids don’t get food in the summer and wanted to help,” she said.
Madelynn asked her friends and family to help her raise money to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.  In two months, Madelynn was able to raise $100 she wanted to go to those in need.
“I made posters.  I put my allowance towards it and any extra money I made doing chores,” she said.
It’s not the first time Madelynn has given to the East Texas Food Bank.  She has volunteered here before to help pack backpacks for the BackPack Program.  Her donation will give 23 children a backpack for the weekend this school year.
“I really like it (donating and volunteering).  It’s fun to do and it makes me feel good,” she said.
Madelynn hopes her donation to the food bank today will help inspire others.
“I hope it encourages other kids to help and donate to those that don’t have what they do.”

Pictured from left to right: Faye Browning & Esther Brown, Child Hunger Programs/ETFB;  Samuel Crow, Madelynn Crow and Dennis Cullinane, Executive Director/ETFB

Woodforest Charitable Foundation and Woodforest National Bank make donation to ETFB
 
WoodforestWoodforest Charitable Foundation and Woodforest National Bank East Texas Managers donate $13,130 to the East Texas Food Bank.
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FRESH by Brookshires Steak Off donates to ETFB for third year
FRESH Steak CookoffThe 3rd Annual FRESH Steak Cookoff was held on Saturday, May 3rd in Tyler.  The event raised $5,555.76 for the East Texas Food Bank from steak dinners that were prepared and served to customers and additional food donations.  Pictured are FRESH General Manager Steve Delello and ETFB Executive Director Dennis Cullinane.
"Souper Bowl of Caring" raises over $4,000 for East Texas Food Bank
SouperBowlofCaringKrogerThe "Souper Bowl of Caring" is a nationwide campaign that raises money around the Super Bowl each year.  In East Texas, Kroger stores participate in raising money for the East Texas Food Bank by selling bags of pre-packaged food and scanning coupons at check-out.  Stores in East Texas raised $4,016 which will provide over 32,000 meals for children, families and seniors.
 
Rudy's BBQ donates to East Texas Food Bank from brisket tacos sales
Rudy's BBQ in Tyler donated $399.31 to the East Texas Food Bank from sales of 32-cent egg & brisket tacos during Texas Independence Day on March 2nd.  Additionally, $1 was donated to food banks in Texas for every new Facebook like, Twitter follower and Instagram follower during March 2nd-March 9th.  We thank Rudy's BBQ and their customers for allowing us to provide nearly 3,200 meals for our clients in need.
Mineola Metric Century event raises money for East Texas Food Bank
Mineola Bike RideThe Mineola Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $1,233.06 to the East Texas Food Bank on January 7, 2013.  The money was raised from the Mineola Metric Century Bicycle Rally that was held in November where bike riders could register and ride in a 14-mile Family Fun Ride, 24-mile Intermediate, 36-mile Advanced or 63-mile Metric Century.
Rent-A-Center hunger campaign raises over $3,000
Rent-A-CenterRent-A-Center locations in East Texas asked customers to donate $1 to the East Texas Food Bank during the month of October for their "Rent-A-Center Hunger Awareness Campaign".  Customers donated a grand total of $3,116.22.  Pictured are: Steve Sharp - Regional Manager, Rod Gaines - Store Manager (Tyler), David Newman - District Manager (Longview), Darrell Duncan - Sales Manager (Tyler), Melinda L. Glasen - Store Manager (Tyler), Frank Clem - District Manager (Tyler) and Jennifer Yoder - Development Director, East Texas Food Bank.
Star College of Cosmetology donates $1,200 to East Texas Food Bank
Star College of CosmotologyStar College of Cosmetology presented the East Texas Food Bank with a $1,200 donation. For the third year in a row, Star College of Cosmetology raised money for the East Texas Food Bank by allowing the students of the college to wear blue jeans, if they made a $1 donation each day they wore jeans. The college matched the students contribution of $600 for a total donation of $1,800 to the East Texas Food Bank. Since 2010, Star College of Cosmetology has raised $6,800 for the East Texas Food Bank.
Altra Federal Credit Union makes $3,300 donation
Altra DonationAs part of their "Drive Away Hunger" campaign, Tyler's Altra Federal Credit Union donated $3.300 to the East Texas Food Bank to support the TISD BackPack Program.  Altra also collected and donated 113 pounds of food that was collected from customers.
Bank of America Foundation supports Senior Servings
BOA FoundationThe Bank of America Foundation donated $5,000 to the East Texas Food Bank in support of the Senior Servings program. 
FRESH Steak Cook Off raises $3,000
FRESH Steak CookoffThe 2nd Annual FRESH Steak Cookoff was held on Saturday, June 2nd in Tyler.  The event raised $3,000 for the East Texas Food Bank from steak dinners that were prepared and served to customers.
2012 Ice Bowl raises funds for East Texas Food Bank
2012 Ice BowlThe East Texas Food Bank received $1,000 donation thanks to the Tyler Parks & Recreation 7th Annual "Ice Bowl" held in January.  Debbie Isham from Tyler Parks & Recreation presented the check to Executive Director Dennis Cullinane.
Tyler TGI Fridays bartender competition benefits East Texas Food Bank
TGI FridaysTGI Friday's in Tyler competed in the "TGI Fridays World Bartender Championship" to raise money for the East Texas Food Bank.  The competition welcomes more than 8,000 bartenders around the world in a premier competition widely acknowledged among bartenders as the toughest international bartending compeition.  Brad Murphy, Tyler TGI Friday's General Manager, presented a check for $700 to the East Texas Food Bank.

 
Woodforest Charitable Foundation Donates to East Texas Food Bank
WoodforestThe Woodforest Charitable Foundation presented a check to the East Texas
Food Bank for $12,860 to support the BackPack Program, Senior Servings and emergency food assistance.
The funds will be equally distributed to support efforts in Bowie, Cass, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus and Van Zandt counties to provide nutritious meals to children and seniors who are at risk of hunger.
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Beaumont Foundation of America donates generously to East Texas Food Bank
Beaumont FoundationThe Beaumont Foundation of America awarded a generous grant of $50,000 to the East Texas Food Bank. This gift will support the East Texas Food Bank’s core work of collecting donated and purchased food, and distributing it to the hungry through a network of more than 200 partner agencies, located throughout 26 counties in East Texas. Since the East Texas Food Bank can provide 8 meals for every donated dollar, the grant will be enough to provide up to 400,000 meals to hungry children, seniors and families in the coming year.
Kroger "Souper Bowl of Caring" benefits East Texas Food Bank
Longview Kroger "Souper Bowl of Caring"Kroger in Longview recently made a donation to the East Texas Food Bank, in support of the "Souper Bowl of Caring".  Kroger participates nationally in the campaign that supports food banks across the United States.
Quarter Drive Collects $1,500 for the East Texas Food Bank

QuarterDrivePewitt Junior High School students  presented a donation of $1,500 to the East Texas Food Bank on Monday, November 14th to Ann Howell, East Texas Food Bank Board Member.  The students hosted a Quarter Drive to help those affected by the wildfires.

“Our students saw a need to help the hungry in Northeast Texas, and we thought the best way to help the most was to collect donations for the East Texas Food Bank,” said Martha Rice, sponsor of the Pewitt Junior High School Student Council. “Once we researched charities, we discovered that the East Texas Food Bank can provide eight meals for just a dollar.”

This was the third year for the school to host a hunger-related drive and this year was the most successful. Students challenged homerooms to collect the most food and then the winning homeroom received prizes. Pam Shumake’s sixth-grade homeroom class raised over $1,000.

Star College of Cosmetology Donates to the East Texas Food Bank
Star CollegeStar College of Cosmetology presented the East Texas Food Bank with a $1,600 donation. For the third year in a row, Star College of Cosmetology raised money for the East Texas Food Bank by allowing the students of the college to wear blue jeans, if they made a $1 donation each day they wore jeans. The college matched the students contribution of $800 for a total donation of $1,600 to the East Texas Food Bank.
First Choice Power Provides Grant to East Texas Food Bank

FCPFreezersThe East Texas Food Bank is a proud receipent of a First Choice Power Reduce Your Use Grant of $2,000. The grant will be used to purchase freezers for the East Texas Food Bank partner agencies throughout the service area. Blake Staring, First Choice Power Business Development Manager, presents the grant to Dennis Cullinane, Executive Director of the East Texas Food Bank.

Brookshire's FRESH donates proceeds from Steak Cook-off

FRESHSteakPhotoBrookshire's Fresh donates more than $3,000 to the East Texas Food Bank to help feed those in need this holiday season.

The donation came from Fresh's first ever Steak Cook-Off in October.

Catholic Charities East Texas Helps Feed East Texans

Catholic Charities East Texas chose their long-term partner the East Texas Food Bank as recipient of the $20,000 grant made available from Catholic Charities USA who also shares in their mission to feed the hungry in East Texas.

“In these tough economic times, we find more and more people turning to food pantries to feed their families,” said Nell Lawrence, executive director of Catholic Charities East Texas. “We are blessed to be able to assist our low-income neighbors to meet their dietary needs for active and healthy lives.”

These monies will be used to provide food to people in need through 20 food pantries in East Texas. For Catholic Charities East Texas, this grant helps provide more food this year for an additional 160,000 meals for children, adults and seniors in need. Catholic Charities has partnered with the East Texas Food Bank since its’ first year of service in 1988.

“We are truly grateful to Catholic Charities for their ongoing commitment in supporting the East Texas Food Bank and are agencies in our fight against hunger,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “Their latest gift will enable us to provide immediate relief to those who need it the most.”

Beaumont Foundation of America Donates to the East Texas Food Bank

The Beaumont Foundation of America generously donated $50,000 to the East Texas Food Bank. Robert W. Craft (right), General Counsel of the Beaumont Foundation of America, presented the $50,000 check to Dennis Cullinane (left), executive director of the East Texas Food Bank.

“We are proud of the work that the East Texas Food Bank is doing to improve the quality of life for less fortunate children, families and seniors,” said Mr. W. Frank Newton, CEO of the Beaumont Foundation of America. “It gives us great pleasure knowing our gift makes a difference in the lives of East Texans who are in need.”

The gift will help the East Texas Food Bank continue their work, such as delivering food to agencies that distribute groceries to the poor, running special feeding programs for kids and seniors, and teaching low-income individuals how to better stretch their food dollars.

“We are so honored to receive the Beaumont Foundation of America’s support once again,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “This $50,000 gift will have a very real impact on our community, helping us at the East Texas Food Bank provide food to some of the more than 100,000 East Texans who need our help.”

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