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Last day to give to nonprofits in campaign

Today is the last day to give to the Shine Your Light campaign, which will benefit six local nonprofits and thousands of East Texans.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Shine Your Light: Light still shining on nonprofits
Nonprofits are looking forward with hope as the Shine Your Light deadlines approaches.  One representative called the fundraiser "an answer to prayer."
Shine Your Light: Still time to donate towards campaign
With only five days left until the deadline, there's still time to donate to the Shine Your Light community campaign and invest in the worthwhile agencies that benefit.
"As we head into the end of the year, we always get to watch with great anticipation as the generosity of our community is revealed in the giving totals," said Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.  "We look forward to watching our community shine."
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Operation Food Drive delivers
The staff at Brownsboro ISD's operations department are, as the employees would say, a closeknit group.
Each year during the holiday season, the employees exchange gifts.  This year was different as they looked outside the department and focuses on the community.
(Read more from Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman)
Shine Your Light - Donation flow in over Christmas
With $7,633.75 brought in over the Christmas holiday, the Shine Your Light campaign is well on its way to making an impact toward helping essential nonprofits continue their critical work in the community.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Hungry children take home food for the holidays
Thousands of students are taking home a present from school for Christmas: Backpacks full of food to help prvent them from going hungry during the holidays.
With the economy still lagging and governemnt assistance programs facing spending cuts, public schools nationwide are serving as distribution points for free food that is loaded into backpacks and handed out directly to kids.
(Read more from The Gasden Times)
ETFB BackPack Program help ease parents' load
Ranada Balletta's home was filled with smiling faces and excitement earlier this week as children delved into backpacks from the East Texas Food Bank.
One by one, the children picked out various food items, seemingly eager to see what was inside.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Food Bank's volunteers keep hungry mouths fed
Maj. Deal Folmar gets to do what he enjoys - spending time outside and working on a tractor - all while impacting the lives of inmates and helping those who are hungry.
The 60-year-old, who is with the Smith County Sheriff's Office, has been involved with the East Texas Food Bank's garden project for four years.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Director: Purpose, service the greatest blessings

The holiday season is such a special time of year for families!
Each year the fall leaves bring a time of thanks and counting the blessings that we've received throughout the years.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Shine Your Light campaign kicks off

With a bright history of giving more than $820,000 throughout its short lifespan, the annual Shine Your Light holiday fundraising campaign begins today.
The Salvation Army of Tyler, the East Texas Food Bank, People Attempting to Help (PATH), First Tee of Greater Tyler, the Literacy Council of Tyler, and Boys & Girls Club of East Texas are this year’s nonprofits selected by a committee to receive gifts raised from the community.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

KSLA Holiday Food Drive brings in thousands of pounds in donations

Thousands of pounds of food were donated Wednesday at 5 collections sites around the ArkLaTex for the KSLA Holiday Food Drive.

From Shreveport and Bossier to Natchitoches, Marshall and Texarkana, donations came throughout the day, filling up barrels and barrels with non-perishable foods in an inspiring demonstration of giving spirit and generosity.
(Read more from KSLA TV 12)

Library offers fine forgiveness in exchange for donated food
In an attempt to diminish the $6,739.21 in library fines University of Texas at Tyler students have accrued, officials at Robert R. Muntz Library are accepting non-perishable food items in place of fines.
The fine forgiveness will be going on through Friday, Professional Librarian Alma Ravenell said.
(Read more from UT Tyler Patriot Talon)
Kids Count reports 25.9 percent of Gregg County children impoverished

Nearly 26 percent of Gregg County children were considered impoverished in 2011, according to a report released Tuesday.

The 7,987 — 25.9 percent — Gregg County children who comprised the 2011 statistic represented a 23 percent increase in the rate of Gregg County children living in poverty in 2000, according to the latest data from the Kids Count report done by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, an independent research organization which advocates for low-income Texans. In 2000, 6,481 children — 22 percent of all Gregg County children — lived in poverty.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)

Finding the food 5,000 meals donated at Wiley’s Fill the Bus Food Drive

Under the direction of Wiley College criminal justice student Roshunda Wilson, the school’s Fill the Bus Food Drive returned for its second year Friday and raised more than 5,000 meals for the East Texas Food Bank.
Wilson is a native of Karnack who transferred to Wiley two years ago. She was inspired to give to charity and help others at a young age.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)

Food bank wins car from Toyota
The East Texas Food Bank has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. “We were surprised and delighted,” said East Texas Food Bank’s executive director Dennis Cullinane.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving': Feast of Thanks - 'Charlie Brown'-inspired event raises food stores for East Texas Food Bank

Eleven-year-old Curt Pearson was excited about volunteering at the fourth annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event on Friday. “I like helping kids,” he said. His job was to hand out popcorn, jellybeans, pretzels and other treats for the more than 200 children and parents who came out to event.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Scouts to conduct annual Scouting for Food drive

Continuing an important service, theEast Texas Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is preparing for its annual Scouting for Food drive the week of Nov. 9 - Nov. 16. The food drive will span the 17 East Texas counties that make up the East Texas Area Council.

Scouting for Food, conducted each fall, not only addresses a community need but also teaches Scouts about the importance of compassion toward others and about service learning.
(Read more from Gilmer Mirror)

ETMC Olympic Center canned food drive benefits East Texas Food Bank
To help fight hunger in East Teas this holiday season, the East Texas Medical Center Olympic Center is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank for a canned food drive during the month of November.
(Read more from Cherokeean Herald)
How to grow a garden: Get 5-acre plot from church -- ETexas Food Bank's growing space to double in size with land donation

Ceremonial shovels broke ground on five acres along Farm-to-Market Road 2868 in Flint Friday morning where local community leaders hope to plant, grow and harvest food for the hungry.
The second East Texas Food Bank Garden, a five-acre unused plot owned by Flint Baptist Church, will add to a 3-year-old cooperative program that has delivered more than 200,000 pounds of produce or more than 150,000 meals for those in need.
Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph

Texas College donates 2,135 pounds to food bank

A Texas College food drive yielded more than 2,100 pounds of goods and served as a reminder that “it’s more blessed to give than to receive.”
The school’s community came together to collect nonperishable food items for the East Texas Food Bank.
Their donations, which amounted to 2,135 pounds of food, will provide for about 1,780 meals, according to the food bank.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

NASCAR driver Ryan Lynch to attend “Fuel the Truck with Food” drive

East Texas native Ryan Lynch will bring his show truck and be available for pictures and autographs at the “Fuel the Truck with Food” food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart at 5050 Troup Highway in Tyler.

East Texans are asked to donate five or more canned goods for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the WinStar World Casino 350K at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 1. Lynch will drive the No. 39 BlankHood. com/East Texas Food Bank Chevy in his first start on the 1.5-mile at Texas Motor Speedway.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast to benefit food bank

The popcorn, pretzels, jelly beans and, of course, toast will be back for the fourth-annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.  The Market at the Crossing and LT24, a service organization from Leadership Tyler Class 24, will host the feast at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. The event will be held at The Market at the Crossing, just past FRESH by Brookshire’s on Old Jacksonville Highway.  The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Bank of America provides grant to East Texas Food Bank
The 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 is 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.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph
KTRE-Pineywoods Fair Food Drive gathers 75 boxes of canned goods for 3 worthy causes
The KTRE-Pineywoods Fair food drive was a complete success, and the donations came at a good time.
Many fair goers brought can goods in exchange for a ride discount. KTRE staff gladly accepted the hundreds of can goods which were dropped off in record time.
(Read more from KTRE 9
Samsung donates $8,000 to East Texas Food Bank's Mobile Pantry
To celebrate Hunger Action Month, Samsung donated $8,000 to the East Texas Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program as part of its ongoing philanthropic commitment to communities in Texas and promoting the food bank’s services across their 26-county region.
“The East Texas Food Bank is honored to receive Samsung’s generous donation during Hunger Action Month,” Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, said in the news release. “Samsung is one of today’s largest corporations, yet is committed to social responsibility and cares deeply about the well-being of the members in our community who are faced with challenging circumstances every day.”
(Read more from Tyler Paper
East Texas Food Bank garden planting underway
With the help of inmates from the Smith County Jail, fall planting for the East Texas Food Bank garden began Friday morning.  The crop will include collard, mustard and turnip greens.  All food grown at the garden is distributed to needy families through the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
Fighting hunger: How the East Texas Food Bank feeds kids
A food drive benefiting the East Texas Food Bank and thousands of East Texans who need help fighting hunger.  These donations, like canned good and even money, go right back into stocking the shelves at the food bank.
And where this looks like a lot of food, there are hundreds of thousands of east Texans who could go without a meal.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
Fighting hunger: Senior Servings Program
We're highlighting an East Texas Food Bank program that deals with the young at heart. CBS19's Jaime Gerik has more on "Senior Servings."
Miss Lorene Steele just celebrated another birthday-- she's 92 years young.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
Putting away pride: faces getting food assistance
The number of families getting help from the food pantry in Troup has doubled from when it first opened. One husband and father tells us it wasn't easy for him to reach for help, but the thought of his family prevailed over pride.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
Volunteers at the heart of East Texas Food Bank
Fighting hunger takes an army of people working together, that's why volunteers are the heart of the East Texas Food Bank. Ahead of our one-day food drive Thursday, we're talking to a dedicated volunteer and letting you know how to get involved.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
Tyler-born Brookshire's tends to roots and gives back
Fourth-generation, family owned-and-operated businesses are a rarity in the entrepreneurial world. Interest in the family business can wane. Heirs can decide to follow other pursuits, and complacency can lead to decline.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph
Hunger Action Month: Program makes sure weekends don't mean hunger for ETX kids
When kids get to school every morning, breakfast is there and ready for them. The same is true for lunch five days a week throughout the entire school year.
For some East Texas kids, the days they are not in school are more of a problem. Food is a real challenge for thousands of local families on the weekends, but one East Texas Food Bank program is trying to change that.
(Read more from KLTV)
Hunger Action Month: Helping families in need
It's Hunger Action Week, a time to remember those who are less fortunate in our communities and collect food to restock the East Texas Food Bank's shelves.  And one Tyler woman who has used several food pantries over the last few years says you never know when you may be the one who needs the help.
(Read more from KLTV)
Hunger Action Month: Lufkin woman who grew up in poverty now helping to feed thousands
A Lufkin woman who grew up in poverty and hunger is thankful to help East Texans with the same needs. For the past 11 years, Linda Smelley has made it her job to help others through their hardships. Each day she helps hundreds of children, families and senior citizens in Angelina County with help from the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KTRE)
Hunger Action Month: Following the food bank's food home
t takes dozens of people to get food that is donated to the East Texas Food Bank to a family that needs it.  From the warehouse to partner agencies, just one food item makes quite the trip.  As part of Hunger Action Month, KLTV 7's Melanie Torre shows you the journey to the dinner table.
(Read more from KLTV 7
JT, Lee hope odds are in their favor to win Pantry Raid
The 23rd Annual Pantry Raid provides an opportunity for John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools to collect nonperishable food items for the East Texas Food Bank. But this year, some of the high school students are getting creative in their efforts.
(Read more from Tyler Paper
After 25 years, a closer look at the reach of East Texas Food Bank
After celebrating its 25th anniversary, the East Texas Food Bank is doling out more meals than ever before.
We're taking a closer look at that help, talking to someone who visits a food pantry every couple of months.
"Without the assistance of food stamps and this place, we wouldn't be able to make it," Lisa Morgan, a recipient at St. Paul Children's Foundation, said.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19
East Texas Food Bank celebrates its 25th anniversary milestone
The East Texas Food Bank celebrated its 25th anniversary with an awards divver on Thursday night.  "It
s a really important milestone," Dennis Cullinane, executive director said.  "We're blessed to have strong leadership.  The board's always been very passionate."
(Read more from Tyler Paper
More food distributed means volunteers needed
The United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry is asking the community to help them with food deliveries as they are “stretched thin.”
Every first and third Friday of the month, the organization receives food from the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler and food pantry officials say with the increased amount of food they’re receiving, they need more volunteers.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger
Tyler Pipe Donates $10,000 to the East Texas Food Bank BackPack Program
Just 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.
(Read more about the donation)
Church celebrates end of second summer food program at park
Kilgore children on Thursday got their final summer lunch as part of the Pentecost Park Summer Child Enrichment Program Thursday.
The program is a partnership between Faith Tabernacle Church and the East Texas Food Bank and is one that gives the children a hot meal and keeps their minds engaged during the summer. Thursday’s award celebration featured Mayor Ronnie Spradlin, the Kilgore Fire Department and the Kilgore Police Department.
(Read more from Kilgore News Herald
East Texas Food Bank get $10K grant from longtime supporters
The East Texas Food Bank has received a $10,000 grant from MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, MAZON has been a supporter of the East Texas Food Bank for 14 years.
“This amazing organization is unique in how it has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with food banks in the fight against hunger on so many levels,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, in the written release. “We are truly grateful for the loyal support that MAZON has given the East Texas Food Bank over the years.”
(Read more from Tyler Paper
Escape those un-BEAR-able kitchens
Several local restaurants are teaming up with the Bear Necessities BackPack Program, which provides nutritious and easy to prepare food for students at the Brownsboro ISD Elementary and Intermediate campuses.
Organizers hope that ‘Un-bear-able Kitchens in August’ will spur community involvement as well as raise awareness concerning the East Texas Food Bank’s supplemental food initiative for students in our area who would benefit from the Bear Necessities program.
From 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 the restaurants in Chandler and Brownsboro will inform customers of the Bear Necessities program.
(Read more from The Chandler & Brownsboro Statesman
Organizing to feed BISD children
Dozens of area leaders from all walks of life met last week for an informational meeting on the Bear Necessities BackPack Program.
The BackPack Program is facilitated through the East Texas Food Bank and is designed to nutritionally supplement high risk Brownsboro ISD students away from school.
Representatives from the East Texas Food Bank presented the back-pack pro- gram while local organizer Sherry Parker shared her vision of how the process will work to help BISD students.
(Read more from Chandler-Brownsboro Statesman
Garden-fresh produce for the poor, thanks to inmates
One steamy morning earlier this month, four men in black and white jail uniforms bent over rows of scorched plants, plucking handfuls of tomatoes and gently placing them in five-gallon buckets.
“It’s been a blessing for me,” said Frank Meadows, a 36-year-old linebacker-size man serving time in the Smith County Jail for offenses that include failing to pay child support.

“I’d rather be out here and get to eat some of these tomatoes,” he said, his face glistening with sweat.
(Read more from The New York Times

Editorial: Jail inmate gardens could be positive for inmates, others
A couple of our neighboring counties have come up with a program for their jails that not only serves taxpayers but might make life a little better for inmates.

And maybe it helps teach them something, too.

Prisoners in the Smith County Jail can take part in tending a four-acre garden that grows fresh vegetables of all sorts used to help feed inmates. Vegetables left over — and there are a great many left over — are sent to the East Texas Food Bank as well as other charitable enterprises.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal
A corker of an idea from two counties west
Our neighbor two counties to the west, Smith County, has formulated a program for its jail inmates that not only serves taxpayers, but makes life a little better for inmates, too. And maybe, just maybe, it helps teach them something, too.

Prisoners in county jail can take part in tending a four-acre garden that grows fresh vegetables of all sorts, which are then used to help feed inmates with the vegetables left over — and there are a great many left over — being sent to the East Texas Food Bank as well as other charitable enterprises.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger
Food bank given 4-star rating
The East Texas Food Bank earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive year.
(Read more from Tyler Paper/KYTX CBS 19
East Texas Food Bank makes headlines in New York Times
The East Texas Food Bank Garden is getting national recognition after another successful harvest.
Sunday's New York Times featured an article commending the Smith County Sheriff's Department for providing a way to help inmates do something positive with their time in jail. They grow fresh fruits and vegetables for needy families in exchange for leniency based on good behavior.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19
After death of son, father begins food ministry

New Birth of Hope Baptist Church, formed by a father after the death of his son, is finding a way to sustain the lives of others.  The church has taken on a mission to become a center for providing food. It is  now called New Birth of Hope Ministeries, Inc.
(Read more from Texarkana Gazette

Good EXPO-sure: Chamber's annual Business Expo a hit with community, vendors
One does not need to travel far in their search for wireless service, tax prep, ways to fight crime, end hunger or help a loved one receive top care in their golden years.
Those services, and more, are available right here in Palestine, and the Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce’s proves just that though its annual Business Expo event.
(Read more from Palestine Herald
Area programs fill summer food gap for children
When the white van pulls into the Belair Manor Apartments parking lot each weekday afternoon, 7-year-old Tamara L’Shey knows something good is happening.
“I be ready to eat!” she said Friday, between bites of pasta and green beans.
(Read more from the Longview News-Journal)
Backpack program feeds needy children on weekends
The East Texas Food Bank and ConAgra Food Foundation have teamed up to feed needy children on the weekends as part of their backpack program.  According to the East Texas Food Bank, one in four East Texas children are at risk of hunger.
(Read more from KLTV ABC 7
ETX Food Bank kicks off summer backpack program
In a total of twelve locations around the area, the East Texas Food Bank launched its eight annual summer backpack food program Friday.
The program provides children from low-income families a supply of food that will last the weekend, and usually comes inside a backpack that's returned later.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19
"Food for Thought" food bank to open in Timpson June 21
Food for Thought in Timpson, a partner of the East Texas Food Bank of Tyler will host its first Mobile Food Pantry pickup and Senior Grocery pickup Friday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The pickup location will be at the Woodland Christian Church located at 272 Highway 59 South in Timpson.
These two events will be held simultaneously, each month on the third Friday of the month, so go ahead and mark July 19 for the next delivery.
(Read more from The Light and Champion
Food bank brings free meals to Harrison County children
Children at Marshall’s West End Park received free meals as part of the East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program.
The program, which runs Monday through Friday, began on Tuesday at the 208 Hendrix St. location and run through Aug. 16.
(Read more from Longview News Journal
Feeding the hungry: Food bank brings free breakfast, lunch to Harrison County kids
In the heat of summer, children at West End Park received some relief as they received free meals to curb their appetites as part of the East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program.
The program, which runs Monday through Friday, began on Tuesday at the 208 Hendrix St. location and will end Friday, August 16th. City commissioners, Charlie Oliver, Gloria Moon and mayor pro tem Zephaniah Timmins were on hand to serve children up to the age of 18.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger
Smith Co. inmates help feed hungry East Texans

Just in time for summer--when more families need help with food--it is harvest time for the East Texas Food Bank.
Smith County jail inmates have a garden south of Tyler that they grow fruits and vegetables in. Since 2010 that garden has produced 120,000 pounds of food for East Texans.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19

Smith County inmates farming benefits East Texans in need
Smith County Jail inmates are out this week, doing some farm work to help the hungry in the community.
A joint effort between the Smith County Sheriff's office and the East Texas Food Bank allows inmates to pick vegetables, with 100% of the going to needy families.
The garden, which was opened in 2010, provides fresh, nutritious vegetables to over 100,000 East Texans.
(Read more from KLTV 7
East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program kicks off
Tyler resident Jasmine Villegas has three children and looks after her sister’s five children this summer as well. All eight are younger than 12.
(Read more from Tyler Paper)
East Texas Food Bank Summer Program underway
The East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program is underway and will serve hundreds of children at nearly 60 locations throughout the summer.
The free meals are available to children ages one to 18. To participate all you have to do is show up.
(Read more from 99.9 KMOO)
ETX Food Bank providing children's meals all summer
The kids may be out of school, but hunger doesn't take a summer break. That's why those with the East Texas Food Bank are making sure children continue getting free meals.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19
Free nutritious meals for ETX kids
Hundreds of East Texas children will eat free nutritious meals this summer thanks to the East Texas Food Bank.
The East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Program kicked off on Tuesday and will serve children at nearly 60 locations throughout the summer.
(Read more from KLTV 7
Brookshire’s, Smithfield Packing team to donate 40K pounds to food bank
The Smithfield Packing Co. Inc. and Brookshire Grocery Co. partnered to donate 40,000 pounds of meat to the East Texas Food Bank on Wednesday.
“Economically-induced hunger has dramatically risen in the last few years,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “We’re still trying to catch up.”
According to the latest numbers from the Feeding America network, which the food bank is part of, one in four children, one in five adults and one in seven seniors are categorized as “food insecure,” Cullinane said.
(Read more from Tyler Paper
Companies donate 40,000 pounds of hot dogs to East Texas Food Bank
Smithfield and Brookshire's together donated 40,000 pounds of protein today to the East Texas Food Bank.
The companies say food banks are currently struggling to meet an increasing demand in the number of people seeking help. They point to the continuing recession and unemployment numbers for the growing need.
(Read more from KLTV 7
Jarvis College to offer free meals for kids
Jarvis Christian College and the East Texas Food Bank have partnered to offer a healthy and fun summer to children through the Summer Food Program.
The program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to children ages 1 through 18, starts on June 10 and ends Aug. 23.
(Read more from Tyler Paper
Letter carriers deliver in food drive rivalry
More than 22,000 pounds of food was collected in Longview for the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive last week, with workers at the Northwest post office on McCann Road out-collecting workers at the post office on Mobberly Avenue by almost 4,000 pounds.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal
Food pantry leading effort to provide 'Bear Necessities'
More than 800 students in Brownsboro ISD are on the free lunch program at the intermediate and elementary school level. Some of those students leave school on Friday not knowing what they will eat over the weekend.
A new program in the works will help students know they will be provided for – Bear Necessities.
“The Bear Necessities backpack program is reflective of the commitment our churches and schools have for our students. The Rock Hill Church Food Pantry is leading the way with Brownsboro ISD to provide nutritious food each weekend throughout the year,” Superintendent Dr. Chris Moran said. “Our children and their well-being are the most important thing.”
(Read more from The Chandler-Brownsboro Statesman
Lighten Up & Play event to promote physical activity
The Fit City Coalition is proud to announce their new event titled, “Lighten Up & Play,” taking place Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Family-friendly activities will be held on the field beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by the announcement of Lighten Up East Texas awards at 11:00 a.m.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19
Sequester may impact local food programs

Several programs for the elderly, including the Meals on Wheels program administered by the Area Agency on Aging, could be hard-hit by the Congressional sequester.
Bettye Mitchell, director of the agency, which is an arm of the East Texas Council of Governments, said the federal budget cuts could impact counseling programs for seniors; the ombudsman program; caregiver and case management; transportation and nutrition programs which includes both home-delivered Meals on Wheels and congregate meals for seniors who can drive.
(Read more from Longview News Journal

Postal service employees collect food donations
Letter carriers across the area are working a little longer today, motivated by compassion for the less fortunate and a friendly cross-town rivalry.
For the 20th year, Longview members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are picking up sacks of non-perishable food donated for local nonprofit groups alongside outgoing mail.
The nationwide event harvested 70.7 million pounds of food this past year; with Sheri Blackmon’s Mobberly Street post office collecting 10,250 pounds to beat the city’s Northwest post office by 1,106 pounds.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal
Stamp Out Hunger happening Saturday

This Saturday, May 11, the United States Postal Service will be holding its 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Drive.  Local donations of non-perishable food should be bagged and set by your mailbox that day.  The food will go to the East Texas Food Bank to benefit its full 26-county service area.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19

Letter carriers gear up for annual food drive
“Stamp Out Hunger,” the nation’s largest single-day food drive will be Saturday.
When representatives of the National Association of Letter Carriers deliver mail, they will collect food for the East Texas Food Bank.
“Stamp Out Hunger is an easy and convenient way to help those in your community,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, in a news release. “As one of the biggest food drives of the year, we encourage you to leave a sack of non-perishable food by your mailbox to help feed our hungry neighbors.”
(Read more from Tyler Paper
East Texas Food Bank receives $40K
The East Texas Food Bank was one of several food banks across the country awarded $40,000 as part of a $500,000 from the Feeding America network through the AARP Foundation.
“It’s a great opportunity to expand our Senior Box Program which meets the needs of our most vulnerable population,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, in an email. “These funds will enable the East Texas Food Bank to provide 3,360 additional boxes of food. Some of these food boxes will be directly distributed by the East Texas Food Bank in underserved, rural areas.”
(Read more from Tyler Paper
East Texas Food Bank wins $45K grant
The East Texas Food Bank was selected as one of 40 winning Feeding America food banks to receive a $45,000 grant from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together initiative, where people visited a website to vote for the grant winners.
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for the East Texas Food Bank,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, in a news release. “We truly appreciate East Texans support and the ongoing generosity of Walmart. These grant funds will be used to expand the East Texas Food Bank’s BackPack Program.”
(Read more from Tyler Paper
Steak cookoff competition benefits food bank
Driving into the parking lot the sign said, “Welcome to Fresh, Texas.” And when you saw the crowd and all of the activity you definitely felt like you were walking down a small town Texas main street with vintage cars on one side and neighbors cooking together in the park on the other side. There were dogs showing off their well-trained tricks, a horse grazing on the green grass and the sweet smell of grilling filled the air.
(Read more from Tyler Paper)
AARP Foundation joins forces with Feeding America to provide low-Income older adults nutritious food
Feeding America announced today that it received a $500,000 grant from AARP Foundation in support of its Senior Grocery Program. The program provides low-income older adults who are at risk of hunger access to nutritious food, including fresh produce, which they can easily prepare and consume at home.
The food provided through the Senior Grocery Program complements the shelf stable food eligible older Americans receive through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federal program that includes people older than 60. Also, the Senior Grocery Program helps address the growing food needs of older Americans not served through the U.S. government feeding program.
The East Texas Food Bank is a recipient of this grant, and is using it to expand the current Senior Box Program.
(Read more Feeding America)
Advocates of hunger relief cast more than 443,000 votes and direct $3 million in grants for food banks and partner agencies nationwide
From April 1 to April 30, more than 443,000 votes were cast for the more than 300 eligible Feeding America food banks and partner agencies as part of a campaign to fight hunger in local communities. Customers were invited to cast votes at www.walmart.com/hunger for the eligible organization of their choosing and as a result, 100 food banks and partner feeding agencies were selected as grant winners.  The East Texas Food Bank was selected as one of 40 Feeding America member food banks that will receive $45,000.
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Mail carriers collecting donations for food drive
On Saturday, letter carriers will look for more than mail on their postal routes.
They will collect nonperishable food donations for local pantries as part of the 21st National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
To participate, place non-perishable food items in a bag by your mailbox. The letter carrier will pick it up, and it will be taken to the East Texas Food Bank, according to the news release.
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Ace of Steaks competition draws record attendance
The aroma of grilling steaks wafted through the air as a record number of local teams battled for the Ace of Steaks championship belt and other prizes in the third annual steak cookoff staged at FRESH by Brookshires on Saturday.
Visitors tasted the steaks, listened to live music, viewed a car show, watched an off-leash dog show, had their pictures taken on a horse and practiced roping. They also saw greyhounds up for adoption and entered their pets in contests.
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Taste of Texas draws big crowd to help food bank
Perfect weather sure brought out the crowds to FRESH Saturday for the Taste of Texas.
And it didn't sell you short on all things Texas, including Big Tex, horses and steak.
The third annual event was held to help raise money for the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)
ETFB volunteers work with inmates in community garden
For the past four years, two men have been working alongside Smith County Jail inmates in the East Texas Food Bank Community Garden, driving tractors and planting crops. They aren't prisoners, and they're not getting paid. They do it as an expression of their Christian faith, they said.
"I enjoy doing it," Donnial Trimble, 62, said. "It gives back to the community and helps people in need ... God gave something to us so that we would give to others."
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ETX Food Bank gunning for grant, needs your vote
The East Texas Food Bank is trying to expand its backpack food program for children in need.
Currently several thousand children take backpacks home from school on Fridays filled with food. The food bank is in the running for a $45,000 grant from Wal-Mart that would help them do even more.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19
More than 500 fed at free produce event
Cars were wrapped around Immanuel Baptist Church and stretched out a quarter mile onto State Highway 43 waiting to receive food as part of the church’s produce food drive Friday morning.
The church recently started hosting a food drive on the first and third Friday of every month beginning in January, but this particular drive exceeded church officials’ expectations.
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Steak cookoff set May 3 at FRESH
The annual FRESH Steak Cookoff is set for 3 to 6 p.m. May 3.  Teams are being sought for the competition to be named Ace of Steaks.  The event will benefit the East Texas Food Bank.
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Lighten Up East Texas weigh-out begins today
The official weigh-out for participants of Lighten Up East Texas, a regional weight loss challenge, will begin today and run through April 27. The challenge, sponsored in part by Brookshire Grocery Co., Lighthouse Graphics and Allen Samuels Tyler, is a grassroots movement to help make East Texas a healthier community.
“When we established the Fit City Challenge in 2010, our mission statement was to make Tyler a Fit City one step, one bite and one health-conscious decision at a time,” said Dave Berry, editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph and the Fit City Coalition co-chair.
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Free fruit and produce distribution to continue in Centerville
On the first Thursday of each month the River of Life Church in conjunction with the East Texas Food bank is giving away fresh fruit and produce in Centerville at 113 W. Main Street on the northeast back corner of Annex 1.
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East Texas Food Bank asking for help winning contest
A local nonprofit is asking residents to vote for it in an online national contest that would bring in $45,000 if it was selected.
“The East Texas Food Bank is thankful for being selected as a finalist in Walmart’s ‘Fighting Hunger Together’ campaign, which will award 40 food banks with $45,000 for their child hunger programs,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank.
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East Texas Food Bank participating in 'Fighting Hunger Together' campaign
The East Texas Food Bank has been selected by "Feeding America" to participate in the Walmart Foundation's "Fighting Hunger Together" Facebook campaign. This campaign will award grants of $45,000 to 40 "Feeding America" food banks.(Read more from KTRE 9)
East Texas Food Bank hopes to win thousands for students
The East Texas Food Bank is a finalist in Walmart's "Fighting Hunger Together" campaign, which will award 40 food banks with $45,000 for their child hunger programs.
The East Texas Food Bank said if they are awarded, they will dedicate the money to their BackPack Program.
(Read more from KLTV 7)
Feather Crest Farms Egg Donation Media Coverage
Click here to see coverage from KLTV, KETK, KYTX about the Feather Crest Farms Egg Donation to the East Texas Food Bank.
Feather Crest Farms donates 43,000 eggs to food bank
Feather Crest Farms and United Egg Producers donated more than 43,000 eggs to the East Texas Food Bank on Tuesday.
""Our company has been blessed with more than 60 years in this community, and we are proud to be a part of this effort to give back with a much needed donation to our local food bank," Brian Barrett, president of Feather Crest Farms, said in the news release.
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'Easter eggs' for East Texas Food Bank
Just in time for Easter, the East Texas Food Bank has received a donation of a whole lot of eggs.
Feather Crest Farms of Center, Texas, is aiding in the food bank's fight against hunger with 43,000 eggs, and they say they can always use donations of protein-based food products.
(Read more from KLTV 7
East Texas Food Bank Garden Planting Media Coverage
Click here to see coverage from KYTX, KLTV and KETK about the East Texas Food Bank Garden planting.
Inmates sowing seeds of good in community produce garden
After three years, the community garden partnership between the East Texas Food Bank and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office is still going strong.
“This garden gives a connection to the community, and the inmates gain from giving to it,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the food bank. “It’s good for everybody.”
Sheriff Larry Smith, who took on the ongoing project when he was elected, said he has high hopes for the effects of the garden on the prisoners.
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Inmates start spring planting in East Texas Food Bank garden
Spring is just around the corner, and Friday, inmates from the Smith County Jail planted the first seeds of the year in the East Texas Food Bank's garden.
The garden is a partnership that's now four years in the making.
Smith County inmates planted the first crops of the year - potatoes - in this four-acre garden.
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Planting seeds for the needy
The Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the East Texas Food Bank, and the Smith County Agricultural Extension Office are teaming up once again to help feed the hungry in East Texas.
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Lufkin non-profit adds a new building
A long time Lufkin non-profit has a new warehouse to help them in their mission to feed the community.
The Christian Information and Service Center officially opened up their new warehouse today.
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Free produce distribution set March 7
Starting in March, the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler will provide a truckload of fresh fruits and vegetables monthly to Anderson County residents in need.
The First Resource Center and the Salvation Army Unit of Anderson County will distribute the groceries starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7 at First Resource Center, located at 801 N. Sycamore St. in the old First Baptist Church children’s education building.
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Home show kicks off Friday
The Tyler Area Builders Association is hosting its 33rd Annual Home Products Show Friday through Feb. 24.
Homeowners will be able to learn a variety of home improvement ideas and tips.
“The economy is improving, which means many homeowners are finally ready to do those upgrades or updates they may have postponed for the last few years,” Libby Simmons, executive vice-president of the Tyler Area Builders Association, said in a prepared statement. “The convention center will be filled with Tyler Area Builders Association members who will be showcasing the latest and greatest to help homeowners make those decisions.”
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Engineers gear up for week of events
Local engineers will be gathering for several events this week to celebrate national Engineers Week.
Engineers Week is held to celebrate the accomplishments within the engineering community and to reach out to bring more people into the profession, Brooke Droptini said.
Ms. Droptini, 31, is a civil engineer for Freese and Nichols Inc. and has been in the field for about 10 years. She has been involved in the local Engineers Week activities for the past couple of years and became chairwoman of this year's event. Engineers Week kicks off today and runs through Saturday.
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Mission Marshall and its good works in our city
Comparatively, Mission Marshall is a fairly new organization in our city, though it brings together some services that have been around for a while. However, it seems to have energized those services, as well as expanded into others.
Supported by the city’s churches, Mission Marshall is one of the reasons we have to feel good about the place where we live. People helping people who are in need.
It isn’t any surprise that this is taking place here. Most, if not all, those involved feel they have been called to do it as a basis of their religion. For them, it is living out the commandment to serve their fellow man.
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Mission Marshall produce distribution event kicked off Friday
Cars full of people waiting for a sack full of fresh produce circled around the parking lot of Immanuel Baptist Church on Friday as volunteers with Mission Marshall kicked off what organizers hope will be a bi-weekly event.
According to Cumberland Presbyterian Church Pastor Rusty Rustenhaven, who was on hand helping to direct traffic, said cars showed up as early as 9 a.m. for the event scheduled to start at 11 a.m.
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Food pantry serving the needs of the lake area
ission West Lake was formed in 2000 by Neta and John Emmons to serve the growing needs of the people who live within seven miles of West Lake Baptist Church near Lake Palestine.
In the 13 years since the food pantry has opened, its has continued to serve more and more families in the area. When it opened in June 2000, six families – 11 adults and six children – were served. Last month, 125 families benefited from the once-a-month service provided by the pantry.
Food service industry led Cullinane to Tyler job
At one point, Dennis Cullinane oversaw the food-service needs of a bevy of National Football League stadiums, professional baseball stadiums and dozens of convention centers throughout the land.
Today, the Chicago-born culinary pundit oversees a more noble cause as executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, which annually distributes a megaton of food to East Texans in need, spread across 26 counties.
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Tyler students take on-campus work seriously
Each day at Douglas Elementary School, students can be found working, not just in classrooms, but on jobs around campus.
This year, the Tyler ISD campus implemented a program to allow fifth-graders the opportunity to learn leadership through action.
Campus job openings were posted in the hallway, and students applied for the positions. In coordination with school counselor, Kandi Tamez, they were interviewed by their peers and selected for a job.
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Eighth annual Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament
Mark your calendars! The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is inviting players of all levels to fling a disc for the East Texas Food Bank during the 2013 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The event will be held at Lindsey Park, 1255 Spur 364 W. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and tee time is at 10 a.m.
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Giving campaign brings in $219,509 for East Texas groups
Excitement abounds as participants celebrate the final total of the Shine Your Light campaign — $219,509.
“This is the second-best year we’ve ever achieved with the campaign; it is exciting and joyful, and we celebrate, with our generous donors, the work of these worthy agencies,” Tyler Morning Telegraph publisher Nelson Clyde said.
Shine Your Light is an annual end-of-year giving campaign where East Texas residents can donate to selected nonprofits through the East Texas Communities Foundation.
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Fundraiser results called outstanding
With a $196,214 total on New Year's Eve, organizers are calling the Shine Your Light campaign a success.
"We're excited to keep counting the gifts that come in," said Tyler Morning Telegraph publisher, Nelson Clyde. "We're waiting to see what comes in during the subsequent days and see how big this number gets. The capacity of this community to give has made this campaign achieve outstanding results."
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