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East Texas Food Bank’s need greater than ever
The East Texas Food Bank has spent the past two months fighting an uphill battle.

In November alone, the food bank saw the needs they serve in the community jump a staggering 30 percent, which translates to roughly half a million pounds of food.

“If it’s not the highest, it’s really close. I was astounded when I saw it,” Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cullinane said. “December is looking the same way, through partial month we’re still looking at being maybe 20 percent up from last year.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Shine Your Light fundraising kicks off, will benefit eight East Texas charities that serve basic needs
The Tyler Morning Telegraph’s annual Shine Your Light Community Campaign, which raises money for local front-line nonprofit organizations, gets underway Wednesday.
The campaign runs through Dec. 31.

Since its inception in 2008, the Shine Your Light Community Campaign has provided $1,181,117 in financial support to area nonprofit organizations.

Last year, the two-week fundraising campaign raised $167,180 from donors, including 11 Tyler philanthropists who gave $72,500 in matching donations.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Churches host one-day food outreach in Overton
fter a successful first-month food drop in November, the East Texas Food Bank and God’s Helping Hands are preparing another nutrition boost in Overton next week.

Set from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15, it’s the second installment of the Mobile Pantry Program in Overton since the food bank partnered with the joint efforts of Our Lady, Queen of Angels Catholic Church and New Home Missionary Baptist Church.

According to ETFB, the program “reaches out to feed hungry East Texans who live in isolated, rural communities without access to emergency food assistance. The goal is to work together to develop a fully operational food pantry within two years as a resource for those in need within the community.”
(Read more from Kilgore News-Hearld)
#GivingTuesday provides for local and global nonprofits
Now in its fourth year, GivingTuesday.org states that #GivingTuesday is a movement that harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities.
The site states that #GivingTuesday does this by bringing together a unique blend of partners - nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, corporations and families and individuals - to encourage small acts of kindness.

Some local participants this year include: Camp Tyler Outdoor School, East Texas Food Bank, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Goodwill Industries of East Texas and Refuge of Light. GivingTuesday.org also includes a search engine that allows visitors to search for any organization that may join the movement as it nears.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Hunters for the Hungry offers a chance to manage, help
There is an outdoor television show called Jim Shockey’s Uncharted. Through the show Shockey not only shows outdoor adventures, but he also attempts to show the positive impact hunting has on others.
While Shockey’s adventures are worldwide it is not necessary to travel to make an impact. It can be done right here in East Texas through participation in Hunters for the Hungry.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
ETFB launches new Mobile Pantry in Overton
The East Texas Food Bank and God’s Helping Hands are proud to announce a new Mobile Pantry Program partnership in Overton. God’s Helping Hands is a partnership with Our Lady, Queen of Angels Catholic Church and New Home Missionary Baptist Church. The first distribution will be at Our Lady, Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 707 S. Bradford Street, on Tuesday, November 17th from 10:00 am until 12 noon.

“We are proud to partner with God’s Helping Hands to help feed those at-risk of hunger in Overton,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “In Rusk County, we currently provide 276,724 meals a year and need 365,330 more meals to meet our county goal.”
(Read more from Kilgore News Herald)
Annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast set for Friday
The sixth annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast is almost here. The feast provides an opportunity for children to experience their own version of the holiday meal from the classic movie.
The free event is scheduled for 6 to 6:45 p.m. Friday at Fresh by Brookshire’s, 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast benefiting the East Texas Food Bank
On November 4, 2015, New York Life will host the sixth annual “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast” benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.  The event will take place at the north entrance to FRESH by Brookshire’s, on Friday, November 6th at 6:00 pm.  The public is asked to bring jars of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
CBS19 participates in 'Make a Difference Day'
Saturday was “Make a Difference Day,” the nation’s largest single day of community service. In support of this event, the CBS19 crew chose the East Texas Food Bank, packing boxes of food for senior citizens in our community.
According to anchor Mike Landess, it was a great opportunity to work with the people who work every day in this community by giving them a helping hand and a special token of love.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Cooking program helping East Texans eat healthy on budget
A nationwide cooking program is helping East Texans eat healthier and keep to a budget.
Cooking Matters brings-in chefs and nutritionists to give students fresh ideas about fast meals for the whole family for free.
(Read and see this story from KLTV 7)
Benefit concert brings in over 1 ton of food
The second annual Rock Out Hunger benefit concert on behalf of the East Texas Food Bank helped raise over one ton of non-perishable food donations on Saturday at Clicks Live in Tyler. The goal for the event was to raise one ton (2,000 pounds) of food donations, and it was surpassed – there were 10 overflowing barrels the size of oil drums along with two full pallets of food.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Study: Hunger, food insecurity worsening
While food insecurity across the nation has improved slightly since 2011, hunger in Nacogdoches County has increased, according to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from The Daily Sentinel)
New cold truck heats up delivery times
Palestine's First Resource Center, an organization focused on providing food for those in need in Anderson County, now has an easier way to transport their goods. After being awarded a grant worth $15,000 in February by The Action Fund, the First Resource Center was able to purchase a used truck for their services.The new truck, purchased from the East Texas Food Bank, is equipped with refrigeration capability allowing the center to collect foods from retailers throughout Anderson County, including the Wal-Mart Supercenter where they are able to get produce as well as dry goods.
(Read more from Palestine Herald Press)
Andy’s to give out free frozen custard to customers on Sat.
Andy's Frozen Custard in Tyler is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank to help fight hunger.  On Saturday, customers can purchase one menu item at regular price and receive a second item at equal or lesser value for free.  The event will last all day, with proceeds benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.
"We are excited about partnering with the East Texas Food Bank.  They are a great organization and do a tremendous job supporting and assisting families in our community.  One of our main goals as a business is to support and encourage those in our community.  Working with the East Texas Food Bank is one of the ways we are able to give back to the wonderful people of East Texas," said Galen Taylor, owner of Andy's Frozen Custard in Tyler in a statement.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Hunger growing issue in East Texas
Two recent studies highlight the issue of hunger in Texas and especially in our part of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 17% of Texans were at risk of hunger in 2014, which is above the national average of 14%.
“We're hearing that more folks are coming to get help than ever before,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)  (Watch this story now)
John Tyler High School wins annual Pantry Raid
The 26th annual Pantry Raid, sponsored by the East Texas Food Bank, took place last week sparking friendly competition between the students of Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools.  During the Lee versus John Tyler football game this past Friday, John Tyler was declared the 2015 Pantry Raid winner.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Forget rivalry: John Tyler, Robert E. Lee students say competition is about helping others, not winning
John Tyler and Robert E. lee high schools are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the annual Pantry Raid competition by once again competing to see which school can collect the most food for hungry East Texans.  The winner will be announced during half time at Friday's Lee-John Tyler football game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.  The school that collects the most food in the friendly competition will earn bragging rights and a travelling trophy that can be displayed at the school for a year.
(Read more from Tyler Paper) (Watch this story now from CBS19) (Watch this story now from KETK NBC 56)
Brookshire Brothers kicks off Pour it Forward
That gallon of milk you consider a staple in your refrigerator is missing in homes and food banks across East Texas.  Brookshire Brothers and its customers want to change that by "pouring it forward."
In partnership with Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization and the East Texas Food Bank, Brookshire Brothers is giving its customers the oppourtunity to make a difference with milk.
(Read more from KTRE ABC 9)
Capital One donates to East Texas Food Bank program
One in four East Texas children don't know where their next meal is coming from, in an attempt to ease the so-called "weekend hunger gap" the East Texas Food Bank has stepped in with its BackPack Program.  It's the agency's most expensive program, so a $15,000 donation from Capital One Bank will be put to good use.
(Read more from KLTV)
Food bank, church partner for fresh food giveaway in Sabine
It's not fishes and loves, but McCary's Chapel United Methodist Church is seeing a windfall of fresh food arrive regularly to help feed hungry people in Liberty City.
After the first successful produce drop in June and a second round in July, church volunteers are preparing for another giveaway next week - they don't know what's in store, but about 200 grateful locals have already taken advantage of the free surplus provided by the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Kilgore News Herald)
Jacksonville Chamber’s Adopt-A-School gives to Backpack Program
The Jacksonville Chamber's Adopt-A-School committee members presented Allison Hale, HOPE Inc, administrator, a check for $486 to sponsor three children in the HOPE Backpack Program.  This program sponsored by HOPE provides food for the weekends to nutritionally challenged children.
(Read more from Jacksonville Daily Progress)
East Texas Food Bank receives $50,000 for Mobile Pantry Program
A $50,000 donation to the East Texas Food Bank will help provide low-income residents in rural areas with food.
The donation for the food bank’s Mobile Pantry Program comes from the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Texas State Giving Advisory Council.
The food bank operates seven mobile pantries in six East Texas counties. Through the program, participating families receive boxes of nutritious food with items such as peanut butter, soup, rice, beans, fresh produce and baked goods, according to a food bank news release.
“We are grateful to the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Texas State Giving Advisory Council for their continued support of our Mobile Pantry Program,” Dennis Cullinane, East Texas Food Bank CEO, said.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Workers quickly sorted box after box of food donations outside of New Mount Moriah Baptist Church
Workers quickly sorted box after box of food donations outside of New Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Tuesday while the Wal-Mart Foundation and the Texas State Giving Advisory Program presented a $50,000 check to East Texas Food Bank representatives.
The check was a donation to ETFB in support of their Mobile Pantry Program, which provides targeted food assistance to low-income households in isolated, rural communities throughout the region.
"This mobile entry program is critical to what we do because its very strategic," said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of ETFB. "We get in and try to meet immediate needs and help (the) community organize to eventually become self sustaining in providing service on their own. It's really a startup program.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
East Texas Food Bank and Junior League of Tyler Team up to Launch Summer BackPack Program
During the weekdays, 8-year-old Jenia Thomas likes to go to City Park, play on the swing and eat meals provided by the East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program.
Thanks to a partnership between the East Texas Food Bank and Junior League of Tyler, Thomas and other children now receive bags of kid-friendly food to take home for the weekend.
The Summer BackPack Program launched on Friday with plans to operate throughout the summer at 12 Summer Food sites in Tyler. 
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Summer meal programs keep children fed in East Texas
About 160 Longview children of all ages chowed down on cheeseburgers and hot dogs at South Ward Elementary School on Wednesday as part of Longview ISD's summer meals program.
Several East Texas schools, as well as charitable organizations, have summer programs set up to keep children fed during the months they aren't in school receiving breakfast and lunch.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)
Summer BackPack Program fills weekend hunger gap
The East Texas Food Bank and Junior League of Tyler have partnered to launch the Summer BackPack Program at 12 East Texas Food Bank Summer Food sites throughout the City of Tyler.  Each Friday during the summer, children will receive a bag of food for the weekend, filled with nutritious, kid-friendly items such as soup, peanut butter, granola bars, fruit, juice and shelf-stable milk.  The Junior League of Tyler provided $18,500 for the program, enough for more than 500 children to participate each week this summer.
"The Junior League of Tyler is honored to partner with the East Texas Food Bank to assist in feeding those children who could possibly go without food over the weekend during the summer months,” said Chalease Denson, President of the Junior League of Tyler.  “By donating both money and volunteers to the East Texas Food Bank the League is continuing its mission to strengthen our community."
(Read more about the Summer BackPack Program)
Summer Food Program provides kids with free food during summer
As a single mother of four who works during the day, Tyler resident Lashannon Jenkins is appreciative of free meals her children receive through the East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program.
"I think if the summer program wasn't going on a lot of kids would go hungry," Jenkins said.  "A lot of people are on fixed incomes and don't have the money to get the food."
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Library's Food for Fines starts June 21
Tyler Public Library patrons who owe late fees will get a reprieve on those fines through the library's Food for Fines program kicking off later this month.
The library will waive $1 in overdue library fines for each nonperishable food item donated from June 21st to July 2nd.
(Read more from Tyler Paper)
East Texas Food Bank taking food donations for Van
The East Texas Food Bank will be taking food donations for our partner agency, Van Community Ministries, to help those affected by tornadoes. Click here to set up a food drive for your business or organization.
"Eat Smart. Play Hard" this summer with the Summer Food Program
The East Texas Food Bank will be kicking off our Summer Food Service Program on Tuesday, June 9th at over 50 sites throughout East Texas.  Children ages 1-18 can play and have a nutritious meal provided for free.
Click here to see the locations in East Texas where our Summer Food Program will be held.
OH! SNAP: Teen chefs take the SNAP hot food challenge
Julia Child once said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients.” When six teams from East Texas high schools gathered on April 14th to compete at the East Texas Restaurant Association’s 31st annual Taste of Tyler, they embodied her words.
(Read more from BScene Magazine)
Junior League announces award recipients
The Junior League of Tyler will give away more than $218,000 and 20,00 volunteer hours this year.  The League announced the totals at its annual contract signing on Wednesday.
Nineteen Smith County nonprofit agencies, including the East Texas Food Bank, will receive money and volunteers for 2015-16 from the Junior League.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Karnack church offers a hand to people in need with food pantry

Twice a month volunteers flood the Karnack United Methodist Church Food Pantry, some having come as far as Shreveport to lend a hand or tug a wagon full of goods for people in need.
"This is part of who we are as Methodists," said C.W. Huff, pastor of Karnack United Methodist Church since 2005. "We are a mission church. For me this is what we're all about. This is part of the gospel.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)

East Texas Food Bank's Mobile Pantry coming to Joaquin
The East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry is coming to the Joaquin area. The new program is designed to help provide nutritious foods for you and your family. The Mobile Pantry will be distributing food once a month in the Joaquin area. Each month your family will receive a box of nutritious foods such as meat, vegetables, fruit, rice, beans, bread and pasta.
(Read more from Center Broadcasting Company)
WIC event highlights healthy alternatives
Nutrition is the key component to living healthy. Regardless of physical activity, health experts say it still matters what you feed the body.
It only takes small, incremental changes to begin living a better quality of life. Northeast Texas Health District is focusing on those small changes and supplying ideas to the community this month as they observe National Nutrition Month.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Nonprofit BBB Award goes to ET Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank received the Nonprofit BBB Award for Excellence Wednesday during the Better Business Bureau’s annual award luncheon.
Three businesses were also honored during the event, which also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the BBB Serving Central East Texas.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Food or heat? Seniors faced with tough choice receive aid
Seniors having to decide between paying their bills and buying food are receiving help through a new program. 
The East Texas Food Bank estimates one in five seniors in East Texas has trouble in the winter affording food and other expenses like utilities. The food bank said that in response to the growing number of seniors seeking help, they have launched the "Heat or Eat" campaign.
(Read more from KLTV 7)
Dishing up hearty helpings of love, kindness and good eats
Chicken pot pie, loaded with chunks of meat and carrots.Pork chops afloat in a mushroom sauce with green beans almondine.And the ever-popular meatloaf with mashed potatoes.All dished up for about $3 per plate at The H.O.P.E. Kitchen in Jacksonville, which operates Monday through Thursday at The H.O.P.E. Center's 595 S. Ragsdale location.
(Read more from Jacksonville Daily Progress)
TVEC helps feed students in need
Hungry children who are students of Athens ISD will continue to be able to take food home through the Hornet Backpack Program, thanks in part to a generous $3,000 grant from the TVEC Charitable Foundation.
(Read more from The Athens Review)
Cullinane elected president of board
Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank, has been elected president of the Feeding Texas board.
Cullinane, who assumed the role in November, will hold the position for two years.
“I’m pleased that it shows confidence in my ability and recognition for the work that we do up here in East Texas with our food bank,” he said. “I think we’re pretty well respected across the state and nationally. I think that’s a vote of confidence for what the team here does.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Giving Generously
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17My wife, Melvina, and I have been on this life journey together for 65 years. We have traveled around the world and it gives us great pleasure to help people better their lives. Together, we have decided to live our life by this giving philosophy: Instead of seeing how high we can stack the resources we have been blessed with, we want to scatter them as much as possible in all directions to people who need a little help in life. We feel this is God’s plan for our lives.
(Read more from IN Magazine)

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