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Whitehouse food pantry in need of donations for hungry kids

A shortage of food donations happens around this time of year across many towns, and food pantries are struggling to keep up.
Jeanie Martin with Whitehouse Food Pantry says that kids being home in the summer means some clients have a hard time keeping them fed. Growing kids need lots of food. 
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KETK and Fox 51 celebrates Nexstar Media Group Founder's Day

Nexstar Media Group is celebrating 21 years, the KETK and Fox 51 team volunteered at the East Texas Food Bank.
Currently, the food bank is running their annual summer food program and serves meals to children at more than 78 food sites in East Texas.
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Area school districts, food bank offer free summer meals

Summer means no classes for students — and in some cases, no breakfast or lunch, either.
That's why area school districts and the East Texas Food Bank offer free summer meals to students across the region.
"It gives the children that don't have an opportunity to eat the opportunity," said Phyllis Dozier, Longview ISD's director for child nutrition.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)

Summer Food Program event features food, fun and activities

Trevor Green, 9, enjoyed his lunch alongside Mark Jaylan, 12, Kortland Jaylan, 9, and Bubba Jaylan, 7.
The boys all sat down and ate together before heading to the basketball court in City Park to play some ball.
“I’m just here for the free cheeseburgers,” Green said, with his face painted as a tiger by one of the face painters at the event.

Children from all ages came with their parents and friends to enjoy a day of activities, fun games and meals provided by the East Texas Food Bank and the city of Tyler’s parks department.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

ETX Food Bank Summer Food Program set to battle youth hunger

The number Smith County youth who don't know where their next meal will come from is on the rise.
One in four youth in Smith County are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
The East Texas Food Bank is kicking off their annual Summer Food Assistance program today to provide meals to those who depend on nourishment regularly provided at school.
According to Tim Butler, the East Texas Food Banks Coordinator for Child Hunger Programs, “Texas statewide, is the sixth most food insecure state for children".
(Read and see this story from KLTV 7)

Food program aiming to fill hunger gap begins June 6

The East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program begins Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. on June 6 at City Park in Tyler.
The program provides meals to children in low-income areas who participate in free or reduced feeding programs during the school year.
Since the programs end when the school year is over, the Summer Food Service Program helps fill that hunger gap ensuring that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer, according to the food bank.
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Mission Marshall joins effort to keep students fed during summer

Mission Marshall has teamed up with Meals on Wheels and East Texas Food Bank to provide Marshall students hot meals throughout the summer months.
"With over 75 percent of our Marshall ISD students eligible for free or reduced lunches during the school year, it just made sense to partner with East Texas Food Bank to help fill the summertime meal gap," Mission Marshall Director Misty Scott said in a statement.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)

With school canceled, students distribute food with extra time

The storms that came through East Texas on Saturday interrupted many gatherings, but one event went ahead as scheduled in Canton on Tuesday. 
"We have this monthly food distribution here at Crossroads Church," Youth Pastor Frank Trimble said.
In conjunction with the East Texas Food Bank, it continued without interruption as a truckload of carrots, watermelons, and cabbage were offloaded into the parking lot Tuesday morning. One ton of onions were also sitting temporarily on pallets as volunteers loaded them into grocery bags for distribution.
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Editorial: East Texans want to help, so let's help in the most effective ways

East Texans just want to help. We’ve said it before - people in this region are some of the most compassionate and caring in the nation. That’s seen in agencies such as PATH, the East Texas Food Bank, Bethesda Clinic and countless others, all private sector endeavors of East Texans wanting to help their neighbors.
And now we’re seeing it in the response to Saturday’s tornadoes in and around Canton. People want to assist in any way they can.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Mission Marshall Food Pantry nudges residents toward healthier living

Mission Marshall Food Pantry Director Heather Miller said she believes that all many people need to start down the path to a healthy lifestyle is a nudge - not a push. Earlier this year the pantry began to institute a healthy food "nudge" program started by the East Texas Food Bank.
"It's called a nudge because you're not forcing someone to (choose) a healthier option," Miller said, adding the Nudges program increases the exposure of the pantry's clientele to produce and healthier items. "Food Nudges have been a program with the East Texas Food Bank for about two years."
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)

Shine Your Light Community Campaign presents more than $170K to 10 East Texas nonprofits

The ninth annual Shine Your Light Community Campaign raised more than $ 170,000 for 10 local nonprofit organizations.
This week, representatives from each of those organizations, received their nonprofit's portion of the funds, which amounted to a little more than $16,800 each.
The 2016 campaign, which ran from Dec. 14 to 31, produced the fourth highest total in the nine years since the campaign started.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank sees 'busy' and record crowd

Despite normally being closed to volunteers on Sunday, the East Texas Food Bank makes a few exceptions. Especially if the joining crew of volunteers, is the largest they've ever hosted in one setting.
"It's a bigger crowd than we normally have," ETFB CEO Dennis Cullinane said. "We do Sundays upon request and this is definitely a special request."
Across the food bank's warehouse is an army of nearly 200 volunteers. Packing boxes, packing bags, and getting meals ready for the food bank. And despite Sunday afternoon being usually reserved for slower hours, this group is working fast.
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East Texas Food Bank needs volunteers for Summer Food Program

The East Texas Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help administer its Summer Food Program because the city of Tyler will be unable to provide staff as it has in past years.
Previously, the food bank provided the food and the city provided the staff to supervise the program and provide recreational activities for low-income families. However, the city cannot do that this year because of budget and staffing cuts.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

ETX Food Bank Summer Food Program at risk after city budget cuts

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program, staffed with the help of the City of Tyler, may be at risk after budget and staffing cuts. The program provides nutritious meals for kids ages 1-18 with more than 70 sites throughout East Texas. The summer food program has been up and running for twelve years now - and those at the bank say the quality is at risk.
(Read and watch this story from CBS19)

Brookshire's breaks world record at East Texas Food Bank

“Eye of the Tiger” played over the sounds of a cheering crowd and the beeping boom lift that elevated executives to the top of a record-breaking canned food pyramid.
Clad in safety harnesses, Brad Brookshire, chairman and chief executive officer of Brookshire Grocery Co., and Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, reached the top of the pyramid and gently placed last few cans atop the towering structure.
It was three days in the making and they believe it will be record breaking.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank, Brookshire's to break world record

Brookshire’s is aiming to land its name in the Guinness Book of World Records by building the world’s largest canned food pyramid. Community volunteers will use 36,000 cans to assemble the 12-foot-tall pyramid, with a 17-by-17 foot base.
The project is aimed to help raise awareness about hunger in East Texas. 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults in East Texas do not know where their next meal is coming from. Afterward, the cans will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank, providing more than 30,000 meals to those in need throughout 26 counties the ETFB serves.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

1 in 5 children going hungry in East Texas

The East Texas Food Bank says hunger is a problem a lot closer to home than most think.
"If we're going to take a step closer to solving the problems of hunger and poverty in America and East Texas, then our children and people need to have a foundation they need for good health and that's a nutritious diet," Dennis Cullinane, CEO, said.
The food bank is responsible for filling more than 200 food pantries around East Texas. They say the demand seems to grow more and more with every new year, now having close to 75,000 children in East Texas food insecure.
(Read and watch this story from KETK)

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to fling a disc
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is inviting players of all levels to fling a disc for the East Texas Food Bank during the 2015 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event will be held at Lindsey Park located at 12557 Spur 364 W.  Registration forms are available at the Parks Department office at 2000 W. Front St. or online at www.TylerParksandRec.com under the blue “Events and Programs” tab.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 per player for participants 18 years of age and older. For participants ages 17 and younger, the fee is $15 per player. A player package is provided for each participant. Tee time is 10 a.m.
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Brown baggers filling needs
While most everyone else was at home in front of a warm fire on Saturday, 40 family and friends from Brown Elementary spent their day working for others.
Brown Elementary PTO planned a “Family and Friends Work Day” at the East Texas Food Bank and the turnout was great.
Keeping things fun and friendly warmed up the cold building.
“We are all working together and there is competition and camaraderie and we are laughing and talking and all the ages groups are working together, on whatever task them give us to do that day,” Principal Valencia Ray said.  
The group was extremely productive. They filled 3,432 bags of rice which prepares 2,860 meals and packed 143 boxes of their bagged rice. This raised the maximum allowed for the month of $150 toward the school’s BackPack program.
(Read more from Tri County Leader)
Shine Your Light total tops $170K; will benefit 10 local nonprofits
The ninth annual Shine Your Light Community Campaign raised more than $170,000 for 10 local nonprofits.
This year’s campaign, which ran from Dec. 14-31, produced the fourth highest total in the nine years since the campaign started.
The contributions will support People Attempting To Help (PATH); The Mentoring Alliance – Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas; Samaritan Counseling Center; Meals On Wheels Ministry; Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); East Texas Food Bank; Bethesda Health Clinic; The Salvation Army; and Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)