The East Texas Food Bank cares about children, families and seniors who do not have enough food to eat. Everyday, we work to feed people through a variety of programs and services.
The BackPack Program helps to alleviate child hunger by providing hungry children with nutritious and easy to prepare food at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.
The Kids Cafe and Afterschool Snack Program helps alleviate child hunger by providing hungry children with nutritious meals at times when other resources are not available, such as afterschool.
The Summer Food Program serves children in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced feeding programs during the school year.
The Senior Box Program is designed to improve the health and nutrition of senior citizens. The goal of the Senior Box Program is to provide a free box of nutritious food to 1,900 people each month in identified communities within the East Texas Food Bank's service area where seniors may have little or no access to food assistance.
Senior Servings is a program targeting seniors who receive meal assistance through a partner agency such as Meals on Wheels during the week, but face hunger on the weekends when these programs do not operate.
Reaches out to feed hungry East Texans who live in isolated, rural communities without access to emergency food assistance.
Distributes fresh fruits and vegetables to clients through partner agencies. In the past five years, fresh produce distribution has grown from 700,000 pounds a year to nearly 5 million pounds a year.
Two community gardens are maintained through partnerships with the Smith County Sheriff's Office and Smith County Agricultural Extension Office, providing over 200,000 pounds of fresh produce each year.
The Nutrition Education program offers nutrition education classes and information to low-income community members by partnering with community organizations and social service agencies serving limited- resource clients.
Working to ensure that all eligible East Texans have the knowledge and benefits of the SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.