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Campaign raises more than $165K by its final day
The Shine Your Light community campaign is over and more than $165,000 was raised, according to the preliminary total.  On Wednesday, the last day of this year’s campaign, 16 donors contributed $6,060. However, more donations could come in by mail.
“We’re (going to) keep counting,” Tyler Morning Telegraph Publisher Nelson Clyde said. “We are grateful for everything we’ve received and to be almost $21,000 above our matching goal is just another confirmation that we live in the last great place.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Last day to donate
Today is the last day to give to the Shine Your Light community campaign and support eight nonprofit organizations.  Sixteen donors contributed $8,125 on Tuesday, bringing the community and matching donor total to $159,810.  This year’s matching total is $72,500 with donations from the Harold and Rosemary Beaird Fund, the Niblack Charitable Fund, Herb and Melvina Buie, the Clements Family Foundation, the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Barbara and Billy Bass, Citizens 1st Bank, Southside Bank, Michelle and Martin Heines, Your Philanthropy in honor of the YP Collaborative and a donor who wished to remain anonymous.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
More donations bring campaign past $150,000
Two days remain in the Shine Your Light fundraising campaign benefitting area nonprofit organizations.
Twelve donors contributed $3,500 to the campaign Monday, bringing the community and matching donor total to $151,685.
This year’s matching donors pledged a total of $72,500 to launch the campaign and challenge community members to give. Matching donors include Barbara and Billy Bass, Harold and Rosemary Beaird Fund, Niblack Charitable Fund, Herb and Melvina Buie, Clements Family Foundation, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Michelle and Martin Heines, Citizens 1st Bank, Southside Bank, Your Philanthropy in honor of YP Collaborative and an anonymous donor.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Santa helps Stock the Shelf at LUC
On December 19 members of the Longview chapter of the UT Tyler Student Nursing Association hosted Santa Clause at the UT Tyler Longview University Center. Children had the opportunity to meet with Kris Kringle, participate in arts and crafts in Santa’s workshop, and mix reindeer food in anticipation of Santa’s upcoming arrival on Christmas Eve.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)
The backpack club at East Texas Food Bank helps out families
Scotty and Zackary Barber take home two backpacks each Friday — one is for their brains, and the other fills their bellies.
The Douglas Elementary School brothers participate in the East Texas Food Bank’s backpack program. The program sends individually wrapped, easy-to-open, single serving food items home to help supplement the students’ diet on the weekends in place of meals they would typically receive at school.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry provides for hundreds
Charlie Price said he didn’t realize how many people in his small community of Oakwood were hungry until they started showing up for assistance.
The community of 510 residents on the border of Leon and Freestone counties didn’t have a food bank until residents came together to start one in 2012, said Price, the director for the Oakwood Community Food Pantry, run by the Oakwood Dunbar Alumni Association. This year it officially received its nonprofit tax status.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Community fund drive for nonprofits begins
Starting today, East Texans have the opportunity to join together and give back to nonprofit organizations that faithfully contribute to the area through the seventh annual Shine Your Light campaign coordinated by The Tyler Morning Telegraph and local community partners.
In the past six years of the campaign, the community has contributed more than $1 million, which has supported 19 social service agencies.
This year, contributions will go to eight nonprofit organizations, including The East Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army, People Attempting To Help (PATH), Meals On Wheels, the Samaritan Counseling Center, Gateway to Hope, Gospel Village, a program administered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas, and The Hospice of East Texas’ WINGS Program for Bereaved Children.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Brookshire's Teams with Kellogg for $10K Milk Donation
Brookshire Grocery Co. recently teamed with Kellogg to donate $10,000 worth of milk to Feeding America member food banks in the grocer's service area.
For every three Kellogg-brand items purchased from Sept. 17-23, Brookshire’s donated 1 gallon of milk. In total, more than 2,200 gallons were donated to East Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Harvest Texarkana Food Pantry, Northwest Louisiana Food Bank and Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.
“With 1 in 6 Americans impacted by hunger, we understand the importance of providing food for families in need, especially perishable goods like milk that aren’t often donated,” said Rick Rayford, Brookshire's president/CEO. “We were happy to partner with Kellogg to offer support to several food banks in our communities.”
(Read more from Progressive Grocer)
East Texas Food Bank fights hunger in 26 counties with help from volunteers
This Thanksgiving as you are celebrating the abundance of food, 18 percent of East Texans  are unable to afford enough food for a healthy lifestyle, according to Feeding America.A few months ago, junior mechanical engineering major Elijah Meek was a part of this statistic.
(Read more from UT Patriot Talon)
Special Report: Hunting to help
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together, be thankful, and enjoy a good meal. However, for some it's just not that simple, which is why many hunters are lending a helping hand, year round.
After all, in Texas hunting is a way of life, but across the country that's not always the case. The argument whether hunting is good or bad will most likely remain unresolved, but there is something most people can agree on.
(Read more from KFXK Fox 51)
Whataburger restaurants to hold benefit for East Texas Food Bank
On Monday, Nov. 17 Whataburger customers can show their support for the East Texas FoodBank by enjoying their favorite menu items, and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will be donated to the food bank. To localize the fundraising effort, East Texas Food Bank will donate a portion of theproceeds to several local food pantries.
Wiley to hold annual food drive
The Lee P. Brown Criminal Justice Institute will hold its annual "Fill the Bus Food Drive" to benefit the East Texas Food Bank from 12 to 4pm Friday, November 14th in the parking lot of the Wiley Pemberton Complex.
Community members can make a donation of non-perishable food items or by sponsoring a seat on the bus for $25, or a row on the bus for $50.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Hunters for the Hungry feeding East Texans in need
Deer hunters, listen up.  Here's another incentive to hit the blinds this Fall.  The East Texas Food Bank wants your deer meat to be able to feed the thousands of people at risk of hunger in our area through a program called Hunters for the Hungry.
"It's something that we just do here to give back to the community," says Joe Lynch, owner of Lynch's Bait and Tackle on Fifth Street in Tyler.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Wiley holding court, filling the bus, and hitting the road
On Friday, November 14th, the Lee P. Brown Criminal Justice Institute will hold its Third Annual Fill The Bus Food Drive from 12-4pm in the parking lot of the Wiley Pemberton COmplex.  All proceeds will benefit the East Texas Food Bank.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast free and open to public on Friday
Local children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in this year's Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast and support the East Texas Food Bank in the process.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
East Texas Food Bank growing for the holidays
Imagine your Thanksgiving dinner without all the vegetable casseroles and side dishes you eat every year.  For some families, that's their reality.
Thanksgiving and Christmas usually mean lots of food and family, but for some, filling up the dinner table can be difficult.
(Read more from KETK NBC56)
Charitable donations sought to continue weekend food program in Athens ISD
Four years ago, elementary teachers at Thens ISD began to report something heartbreaking to the administrative teams; some of their students were digging through the trash looking for food.
"We noticed a lot of kids trying to hoard food from the cafeteria or dig through the trash looking for snacks," said school counselor Chen Mahan.  "They were just so hungry because they weren't getting the food they needed at home."
(Read more from Athens Daily Review)
ETMC partners with East Texas Food Bank in canned food drive
To help fight hunger in East Texas this holiday season, the East Texas Medical Center Olympic Center is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank for a canned food drive Nov. 1-29.
(Read more from KETK 56)
State levels on poverty stationary
New US Census numbers showing the Texas poverty rate unchanged from a previous measurement lead the head of a statewide coalition of food banks to envision a grocery list of entities fighting together.
"We do not have the kind of capacity to solve those problems alone," said Celia Cole, executive director of Feeding Texas, formerly known as the Texas Food Bank Network.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast opportunity in the works in Tyler

Local children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in this year's Charlie Brown Thanks-giving Feast and support the East Texas Food Bank in the process.
The feast is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Market at The Crossing, 2210 Three Lakes Parkway, in Tyler.
As in past years, the event will include the staples from the TV special such as popcorn, jelly beans, toast and pretzels, along with a showing of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Food bank gets $60K grant from Wal-Mart
A $60,000 grant is bound for the East Texas Food Bank after the organization won a Wal-Mart competition.  From Sept. 15 to Oct. 5, people cast more than 362,000 votes for 129 participating Feeding America food banks as part of Wal-Mart's "Fight Hunger. Spark Change" campaign.
(Read more from Tyler Paper)
Goodwill Palestine store opens third GoodAssist location

Goodwill Industries of East Texas and the East Texas Food Bank have again joined forces to help East Texans.  The East Texas Food Bank has been expanding its SNAP program with Goodwill through a unique, strategic collaboration called "GoodAssist".
(Read more from GoodwillEastTexas.com)

East Texas schools’ backpack program keeps students fed on weekends
Some Spring Hill ISD students will be going home with a little heavier backpacks this weekend.  The district on Friday rolled out the Backpack Meal Program with the help of the Longview Rotary Club.  The program puts meal packs, called "Panther Packs", from the East Texas Food Bank into the backpacks of students who need a little extra food at home.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)
Soccer Star Clint Dempsey On His Hip-Hop Album And Texas Rap
Clint Dempsey fortified himself as an immortal in the world of soccer, after he scored the opening goal for the United States in this year's World Cup after just 29 seconds.  His athletic prowess is loved by soccer enthusiasts and hated by his adversaries.
(Read more from XXLMAG.com)
Optimist Club feeds children through program
Marshall's Noon Optimist Club has started its yearly Triple M Backpack Program, which gives elementary school children in the Marshall Independent School District a chance to have a nutritious meal.  The triple M stands for "Marshall Maverick Meals," according to Charles Dixon, member of the Marshall Noon Optimist Club.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Help Rockett Queen 'Rock Out Hunger'
Two members of Rockeet Queen, Walter Lee and Jay Scars, stopped by to chat about "Rock Out Hunger", their last 2014 headline show in East Texas.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)
Food bank needs votes for grant
Thousands of children, families and elderly individuals in Harrison and Marion counties have East Texas Food Bank and its 200 partner agencies to thank for their meals.  The money has to come from somewhere, though.  Nearly $7 million is needed each year to sustain the food bank's efforts in 26 East Texas counties, said Karolyn Davis, Communications Director.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Rockett Queen headlines concert
The Tyler rock bank Rockett Queen will headline Rock Out Hunger, a concert to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.  The concert is set from 6 to 11pm Sept. 27 at Clicks Live in Tyler and also will reature Stevie Jo Rosenbalm, Blacktop Mojo and Struck by Hammerz, said information from promoters.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Study: 252,000 rely on pantries for food
Tammy Frazier's body is crippled by the effects of a stroke she had two years ago.  The 47-year-old has difficulty moving anything on her left side and is plagued by other health-related issues.  Because of her condition, she is disabled and does not work.  Her monthly income amounts to less than $450 in the form of government disability and food benefits.  It's not enough for her to live on, she said, so once a month she visits the Tyler Family Assistance Center for food and other benefits.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
John Tyler, Robert E. Lee fight for food donations
Students at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools together collected over a million pounds of food during the past 23 years in a friendly competition to see which school can raise the most food for the needy.  The 24th annual pantry raid is on, with the winner to be announced at halftime during the football game between the two schools on Friday.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Cross town rivals compete in 24th annual Pantry Raid
The Robert E. Lee and John Tyler football teams will face off at Rose Stadium on Friday night, but they won't be the only ones coming out a win.  The East Texas Food Bank will be naming the winner of Pantry Raid, a competition between the high schools for who can collect the most canned goods and the schools are ready to face off.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
UT Tyler program allows students to track volunteer hours
The UT Tyler GiveBack program teaches students about service learning.  Service learning combines learning objectives and community service in a way that promotes student growth and community well-being.  So far, The East Texas Food Bank has received the most assistance from GiveBack members.  Students distributed 8,212 meals to East Texas families in need in August, and broke the record, 110, for the largest group volunteering for the East Texas Food Bank.
High School Students Compete to Feed Hungry
The 24th annual Pantry Raid competition between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler High School students has kicked off.  The students at both high schools have a friendly competition to help feed hungry East Texans.  The food and funds the students collect will benefit hungry East Texans through the East Texas Food Bank's partner agencies.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Hunger Action Month reveals many in ETX living with hunger
September is National Hunger Action Month, and recent figures show many East Texans are dealing with hunger.  According to figures released by Feeding America, approximately one in every five adults is East Texas face food insecurity, unsure when they'll have their next meal.  Statistics worsen when looking at children, with approximately one in four East Texans kids living with the possibility of hunger.
(Read more from KLTV 7)
Food bank shares stats, asks residents to dress in orange
As September represents National Hunger Action Month, the East Texas Food Bank asks all East Texans to wear orange today to raise awareness of the 456,000 residents who struggle with hunger.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Face of Hunger in East Texas Revealed by Feeding America Report
A new study by the East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America shows that 252,900 people in East Texas turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year, this includes 64,700 children and 68,800 older adults.  Hunger in America 2014 study results
Another food pantry opens in Shelby Co. to help bridge hunger gap
Another food pantry has opened their doors in Shelby County to try and provide food to the growing number of people in the community that need it.  Tri County Community Action and the East Texas Food Bank have partnered to try and bridge the hunger gap.
(Read more from KTRE 9)
Too Hungry To Learn
As children leave school on Friday afternoon, with backpacks in tow, the contents of those backpacks are rarely in question.  They may be filled with folders, pencils, textbooks and weekend homework assignments.  But some of those backpacks are actually filled with food - enough for a child to have two meals during the weekend.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Beaumont Foundation leads fight against hunger in East Texas

Hunger is a silent epidemic that affects the lives of more than 50 million Americans every day and can cause mental and physical problems, impact academic achievement and even hamper economic productivity. But through the efforts of the East Texas Food Bank, supported by both large donors like the Beaumont Foundation of America and the contributions of individuals, no one needs to starve.
(Read more from The Examiner)

Great food and flavors are conversation topics worth having
It’s a privilege to be surrounded by so much great food and have the opportunity to try new things and experience new flavors. I experienced a dose of reality yesterday when I spent time at the East Texas Food Bank and learned how serious the hunger problem is in East Texas.
I was impressed with the amount of support they receive through volunteers giving their time or donations of money or food. They have many different programs to meet the needs of children, seniors, families and rural communities in need of assistance. Even with all the support and programs in place it is still not enough to change all of the counties serviced from critical status to at-risk.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
East Texas Food Bank serves its millionth meal
The East Texas Food Bank has reached a milestone. It recently served its millionth meal in the Summer Food Program this week! The food bank helps bridge the gap in the summer, so kids can still get free, nutritious meals during the day while school is out. This is the 10th year for the program. Those with the food bank say they're happy to continue feeding children year after year.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Food bank: 24 percent of E. Texas kids may go hungry tonight

During the summer months, children are home longer and the grocery bill is a little higher, which is why mother Anna Parga brought her three children to City Park.  "It means food for the kids which helps," Parga said.
The East Texas Food Bank serves breakfast and lunch at no charge for children 18 and younger.
(Read more from KLTV 7)

Enduring hard times with grace, strength
A recent headline in the Tyler Paper said much more, we believe, than it might seem at first glance: “Homes sales break records, up 26 percent.” The significance in the news that the Tyler area real estate market is booming is that for East Texas, the Great Recession has ended. All indicators say we’re in a recovery period.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
This is no cure for summertime blues
The article in the influential Politico Magazine this week should chill the blood of every schoolchild in America, as policy analyst Bridget Ansel makes “The case against summer vacation.”
But it’s taxpayers and parents who should really be wary. That’s because her proposal would penalize families who enjoy — and take full advantage of — their summers, on the principle that if everyone doesn’t benefit equally, then no one should benefit.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
$20,000 grant to be used for Senior Servings Program

The East Texas Food Bank received a $20,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, to sustain the Senior Servings Program and additional funding in support of other food distribution.
The Senior Servings Program is designed to close the weekend hunger gap by providing additional weekend food assistance to lowincome senior citizens.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Big donation for East Texas Food Bank

A milestone in the fight to feed hungry senior citizens in East Texas came Wednesday morning as the East Texas Food Bank received a $20,000 donation from Bank of America.
Half of the donated funds will go to the Senior Servings program in East Texas, which feeds 250 seniors every week. The remainder of the funds will go to the food bank's other assistance programs.
(Read more from KLTV 7)

Smith County trustys giving back to community
Trustys at the Smith County Jail work as gardeners.  When the trustys are not spending time in Smith County Jail, they are working in the East Texas Food Bank Garden.   It's a job that helps feed the hungry.
"We don't keep lazy trustees outside. You're going to be there to work. If you don't work you may be sitting there watching tv or whatever you wanna do,"  said Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith.
(Read more from KETK)
Efforts bolster students' summer nutrition
Children throughout the area are guaranteed lunch, and sometimes even breakfast, during the school year.  That guarantee ends, through, with the final day of school.  Across the community, organizations try to renew that guarantee to children through summer feeding programs.
(Read more from Kilgore News Herald)
Rapper, soccer player donates to food bank
If being a star on the U.S. World Cup soccer team is not reason enough to cheer for Nacogdoches native Clint Dempsey, how about the fact that he has a generous spirit.  Dempsey, who received worldwide recognition when he scored an early goal in Team USA's first World Cup tournament victory earlier this month, said he will donate a portion of sales from his debut rap LP "The Redux" to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Programs keep students fed while schools are out
The East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, area churches and school districts have teamed up this summer to keep children eating nutritious meals.  The summer food program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The East Texas Food Bank provides the meals to area school districts, where school district employees and volunteers serve the meals.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)
East Texas soccer star playing in World Cup releasing rap album benefiting food bank
Soccer player Clint Dempsey, who is leading Team USA at the World Cup, announced Thursday that he is releasing a new rap album under his musician psedonym of "Deuce".  Dempsey also announced that a portion of the proceeds from album sales would go to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
U.S. Soccer's Clint Dempsey Has Another Goal

This is a big summer for U.S. soccer team captain Clint Dempsey. Not only is he leading the team in his third World Cup: he is releasing his debut album.

Unbeknown to his fans and teammates, the 31-year-old Mr. Dempsey spent two weeks in Los Angeles during the off-season recording a 13-track album, "The Redux," which he and his friend, the rapper XO, plan to release in the months ahead. Using his artist name "Deuce," Major League Soccer's highest-paid player raps about going from rags to riches, "banging Gs" (scoring goals) and being "Captain America."      

"We just were having fun with it and it ended up being an album," said Mr. Dempsey, who collaborated with rappers and producers from his hometown of Nacogdoches, Texas. One of them, Mike Chehadé, said that if nothing else, the record could help make the U.S. team seem a little more intimidating.

"We're not known as a soccer powerhouse—we're almost known for being soft. But Clint has this edge," he said.

Mr. Dempsey—who scored the U.S.'s fastest-ever World Cup goal Monday in the team's 2-1 victory against Ghana—joins a small yet esteemed club of footballers who have tried their hands at singing and rapping. But most have only put out one or two songs, tops. Brazil's Ronaldinho earlier this year released a single called "Vai Na Fé" with his friend Edcity, belting out his part from a float at Brazil's raucous Carnival in March.             

France's Youri Djorkaeff released his rap single, "Vivre Dans ta Lumière," two years after helping France win the World Cup in 1998, while British club Liverpool F.C. put out their comedic "Anfield Rap" in 1988. That song reached No. 3 on the U.K.'s singles chart.

But Mr. Dempsey's ambitions are more serious than most soccer stars'. Even as a child, friends said, Mr. Dempsey had a knack for rapping, and practiced constantly.

"He'll just call you sometimes and start free-styling—he doesn't even say hello," said Mr. Chehadé, who played on the same soccer team growing up as Mr. Dempsey's older brother, and went on to open a recording studio near their hometown.               

Music became a refuge for Mr. Dempsey, friends say, when he had to stop playing soccer temporarily while growing up due to his family's financial struggles. Mr. Dempsey returned to the field, playing for Furman University in Greenville, S.C., before being drafted by Major League Soccer's New England Revolution in 2004. He rapped everywhere he went.

When his sponsor, Nike Inc., got wind of his rhyming skills, the company recorded him rapping at practice one day and posted the clip online to rave reviews. Nike then asked him to write his own song, so he called his friend Mr. Chehadé for assistance. Mr. Dempsey's "Don't Tread," featuring Texas rappers Big Hawk and XO, became an anthem for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where Mr. Dempsey scored the U.S.'s only goal.

Then, after successful stints at British clubs Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, where he was paid what were record sums at the time for an American league player, Mr. Dempsey returned home last year, signing with the Seattle Sounders in August.

But in December, before the 2014 season began, Mr. Chehadé coaxed Mr. Dempsey into a two-week recording session at the Skee Lodge in Los Angeles, where he now works as the brand manager, secretly hoping to create a new World Cup soundtrack.

To take the pressure off, Mr. Chehadé said, "I don't want to say I tricked him, but I said, 'We'll just make some songs and we'll put it out or we won't, who cares.' "

As Mr. Dempsey improvised in the studio, though, he turned out to be exceptionally clever, surprising the studio owner, radio personality and TV host DJ Skee, and other music industry veterans "because he's a soccer player, and people automatically expect it to not be good," said Mr. Chehadé, the album's executive producer. "I'm not saying he's Eminem, but he's definitely qualified."

              Clint Dempsey recording his album, 'The Redux,' at the Skee Lodge in Los Angeles.                Bassel Naaman                   

In one song from the album, "All Night," for example, he suggested rhyming the line "My game face won't never flinch," with "I'm beast mode, Marshawn Lynch."

"I had no idea [that NFL running back Marshawn Lynch's nickname was Beast Mode] and it ended up being perfect," said rapper-producer XO, whose real name is Steven Molanders. "The Redux" is dedicated to their rapper friend Big Hawk, who died in 2006, as well as to Mr. Dempsey's sister Jennifer, who died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 16, he said. A portion of the proceeds from the music will go to the East Texas Food Bank, he added.

Mr. Dempsey didn't tell anyone about the album, in part to avoid creating the impression that he has been distracted from soccer, which is his No. 1 priority, his friends said. He didn't even mention it in an interview with music magazine Rolling Stone last week. He doesn't plan to think about the project until the World Cup is through.

But the lyrics he wrote are proving oddly prescient. Tweeted Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after Mr. Dempsey's lightning fast goal Monday: "BEAST MODE."

Story from the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-soccers-clint-dempsey-has-another-goal-release-a-rap-album-1403053013 

By: Hannah Karp

Food Bank, churches join forces
The East Texas Food Bank and some local Cedar Creek Lake churches have joined forces to make sure children don't go hungry this summer.
During the school year, many school children receive nutritious meals as part of the schools' breakfast and lunch programs.
(Read more from Athens Daily Review)
Summer food program looks to fill plates
About 1 in 4 children in Tyler are at-rsik of hunger, said East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane, making the organization's summer food program all the more important.
"Every year we try to fill in the gaps when school is out of session," he said. "The kids need those meals."
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Free nutritious meals for East Texas kids

The East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program begins Tuesday, June 10th across East Texas.  The program provides free nutritious meals to children at over 60 sites throughout East Texas.
(Read more from KLTV.com)

Food Bank won't let kids go hungry
During the school year, many children receive nutritious food as part of school breakfast and lunch programs.  When classes let out, these same children are often home all day and face the prospect of relying on junk food - or worse yet, doing without.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Summer food program aims to fill students' need gap
Beginning next week, East Texas children can have free nutritious meals all summer as part of the annual East Texas Food Bank Summer Food Program.  The program provides free meals to children at more than 60 sites throughout East Texas during the summer.  Meals will feature healthy items including milk, fruits, vegetables, bread and more.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
East Texas Food Bank gets $831 donation
The East Texas Food Bank received an $831 donation from the Altra Federal Credit Union as part of a nation campaign.  The bank raised more that $5,000 with its one-day Swipe Away Hunger Campaign.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Buckner and the East Texas Food Bank fight hunger and feed hope with Summer Food Program
Buckner Children and Family Services and the East Texas Food Bank are joining forces to put an end to hunger by ensuring that no child goes without food this summer.  Between June 10 and Aug. 8, more than 100 volunteers from 9 local churches will give of their summers to ensure that any child 18 years old and younger will have the opportunity to receive free lunches from noon until 1pm at two Summer Food Program sites found at the Belaire Manor Apartments located at 1501 E Young Street and at the intersection of Tammy Lynn and Clyde streets.
(Read more from Gilmer Mirror)
Ace of steaks: 9 teams battle in cooking championship

As nine teams battled in the Ace of Steaks cooking championship, crowds sampled the steak, listened to live music, inspected cars in a car show and watched dog races.  The occasion was the fourth annual steak cook-off staged by FRESH by Brookshire’s and benefitting East Texas Food Bank, a nonprofit agency that feeds the hungry in 26 East Texas counties.  As music blared, local cook-off teams competed, their steaks sizzling as the aroma filled the air.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Grilling To Perfection: The steaks are high
Ask someone what makes the perfect steak and you'll get as many answers as there are cows in Texas.  That's why this Saturday's Steak Cookoff competition at FRESH by Brookshire's has become a very competitive annual event.
Benefitting the East Texas Food Bank, the competition takes place from 3pm to 6pm.  The teams represent an eclectic mix of local businesses, media outlets and foodies who have strong opinions on how to cook the winning steak.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Tyler students say Ambassadors of Compassion program changed their lives
The national leadership program that came to Tyler for the very first time this year, is about to come to finish up, and local students say they're forever changed.  Eleven weeks ago, five John Tyler High School students signed up for an after-school program called Ambassadors of Compassion, because they thought it would look good on a job or college resume.  Then just a week or two into the program, the students realized this was much more than a resume booster.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)
Students and organizations in East Texas receive awards, donations for Samsung
In its ongoing commitment to the greater East Texas community, Samsung today will award more than $50,000 in college scholarships to seven academically gifted Tyler and Marshall high school students through the East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF).  Samsung will also make donation to other local organizations including the East Texas Food Bank.
KSLA News 12 Editorial: Summer Hunger
School is about to let out for summer vacation. When that happens hundreds of children in the ArkLaTex are in danger of going hungry.
(Read more from KSLA News 12)
East Texas Goodwill Works to Expand SNAP Program with GoodAssist
Goodwill Industries of East Texas and the East Texas Food Bank are joining forces to help East Texans.  GoodAssist, a strategic collaboration between the two organizations, is a project to provide a complete one-stop shop for low-income Goodwill clients, retail staff and the general public who are in need of assistance.
(Read more from The Goodwill Blog)
Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is set for Saturday, May 10th.  Postal customers wanting to participate can leave a bag of non-perishable food items beside their mailbox.  Letter carriers will pick up the bags and give them to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)
Business Sense: New Goodwill director pushing forward with GoodAssist program
When Kim Lewis took over last year as executive director of Goodwill Industries of East Texas, her goal was to expand the nonprofit organization outside of its walls by taking services to the community.
One of her first steps to do that is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank to offer the GoodAssist Benefit Program.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Food bank and Goodwill collaborate to help assist low-income families
The East Texas Food Bank and Goodwill Industries of East Texas have collaborated to create a unique personal and confidiential benefit application program to provide assistance to low-income families.
The "Good Assist" Program is located at the South Tyler Goodwill Superstore, where three computers kiosks are set up with access to the internet to help East Texans apply for SNAP benefits, CHIP, TANF, MEDICAID, and other non-profit benefit programs.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)
Goodwill joins forces with East Texas Food Bank
Goodwill Industries of East Texas and the East Texas Food Bank have joined forces to help East Texans.  The East Texas Food Bank is expanding its SNAP program through a strategic collaboration called GoodAssist.
"The goal of the project is to provide a complete 'one-stop shop' for low-income Goodwill clients, retail staff and the general public, who are in need of benefit assistance," according to a news release.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Students form organization to battle hunger
It began as a class project to alleviate hunger in Nacogdoches by holding a canned food drive and fundraiser.  But the students in Dr. Miranda Terry's Introduction to Community Health class took it one step further - they started a student organization called Hunger Jacks.
(Read more from The Daily Sentinel)
Upshur County Shares helps 646 families in March
The Upshur County Shares Food Pantry helped 646 families and 1,646 people with food in March.  Of these families, nearly five percent came in for the first time.
(Read more from The Gilmer Mirror)
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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