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2010 Events

Smashburger Donating to Help Hungry

Visit the new Smashburger at 7484 S. Broadway in Tyler throughChristmas Eve and purchase a Spicy Baja Burger. For each one sold, Smashburger will donate $1 to the. East Texas Food Bank. You may also bring canned foods to donate as well.

Lindale "Drive-thru Living Nativity" Open

Christ Central Church in Lindale will hold its annual "Drive-thru Living Nativity" from December 8 through December 10 at 6:30PM each night. The event benefits the East Texas Food Bank and Carter BloodCare, and serves as a kick off to the "Fill The Banks" campaign.

Over 5,000 cars passed through the nativity last year.

Don's TV & Appliances Help Feed the Hungry During the Holidays

Purchase any TV or appliance from Don's TV & Appliances in Tyler this holiday season, and Don's will make a donation to the East Texas Food Bank to feed a child for a week.


Rudy's Country Store & BBQ Donating to Feed Hungry

Rudy's Country Store & BBQ will donate $1 per pound of meat sold between November 30th to December 2nd to the East Texas Food Bank. Rudy's will also make an additional 50 cent donation for every new Facebook and Twitter follower that is added during these days.

Celebrate Peanut Butter in Grand Saline

Grand Saline Main Street and Nutty's Peanut Butter will attempt to break the world record for the "largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich" during the Great American Peanut Butter Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, November 13 beginning at 7AM with a peanut butter breakfast. A parade, carnival, live music, pet contest and celebrity cook-off will fill the day. Admission is free, but a donation of peanut butter is encouraged. Donations will benefit the East Texas Food Bank. For more information about the festival, click here.

Dine Out and Support the East Texas Food Bank

Make plans to dine out at On The Border in Tyler Monday, November 8th from 4pm until close.


Free Shred Day with Kilgore National Bank

Kilgore National Bank in Tyler and the East Texas Food Bank will hold a free shred day on Saturday, November 6 from 8AM until Noon. There is no charge, but a donation of non-perishable canned good items is appreciated. Kilgore National Bank is located at 16637 Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. Free shredding is for households only.


Fit City Challenge Kickoff and Health Fair

Help Tyler become a "fit city" by attending the Fit City Challenge Kickoff event Saturday, October 23rd from 9AM until 1PM at Bergfeld Park. Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and special guest Jimmy Pena will speak. Presentations and demonstrations will highlight nutrition, healthy cooking and combating childhood obesity. Also, several free health screenings will be offered during the event.


Lighthouse Educational Fair & White Cane Walk

Learn about the East Texas Food Bank and donate non-perishable food items during the Lighthouse for the Blind Educational Fair and White Cane Walk. The event will be held on Friday, October 15 at Bergfeld Park from 10AM until 2PM.


Fit City Challenge 5K Marathon

The Tyler Morning Telegraph will present the Tyler Fit City 5K on Sunday, October 10th. This event will be held in conjection with the Tyler Rose Marathon in Downtown Tyler.


Switchfoot Concert & Food Drive

The band Switchfoot will be holding a food drive during their concert Saturday, October 9th at The Venue Down Under. Doors open at 7PM and volunteers will be on hand to take donations for the East Texas Food Bank.


Interstate Battery Grand Opening in Tyler

Interstate All Battery Center will be holding a food drive during their Grand Opening Saturday, October 2nd from 10AM to 4:30PM. Visitors can bring in two cans of non-perishable foods, and receive a free gift during the opening. Interstate All Battery Center is located at 1847 Troup Highway in Tyler.


Gresham Barn Sale







September is Hunger Action Month

ETMC Begins Peanut Butter Drive August 18th

ETMC in Tyler will partner with the East Texas Food Bank for a peanut butter drive, August 18th through September 15. For more information about where you can donate, click the banner above.

AT&T Foundation Gives To East Texas Food Bank

AT&T Foundation donated $25,000 to the East Texas Food Bank to support our Comprehensive Technology Infrastructure Enhancement project to create an updated, integrated technology system, enabling the food bank to more efficiently manage its food, funds, partner agencies, volunteers, and daily operations. 

Candice Gast, AT&T director of external affairs, presented a $25,000 check to Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, Ann Howell, board president of the East Texas Food Bank, Herbert Buie, board member of the East Texas Food Bank and Senator Kevin Eltife, advisory board member of the East Texas Food Bank.


Fuel Up for Summer Fun with the East Texas Food Bank's Summer Food Service Program

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Service Program will kick-off Tuesday, June 8th across East Texas.  The program provides free nutritious meals to children at 36 sites throughout East Texas.  Since school is out, thousands of East Texas children will be looking for places they can meet their friends, have fun and eat healthy meals.

Laughing on a Budget

On Saturday, June 19th join Comedian Don "D.C." Curry for the "Laughing on a Budget" performance at T.G. Field and Auditorium in Longview. The event begins at 8:00 pm. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food for the East Texas Food Bank.


Lose Weight while helping those in need: Join in the Pound for Pound Challenge

Do you want to shed some pounds and help feed the hungry? This year, you can help feed those who are struggling with hunger while doing something good for yourself. KETK and the East Texas Food Bank are teaming up for the Pound for Pound Challenge.

Once again, General Mills, The Biggest Loser and Feeding America have joined forces to support the Pound for Pound Challenge, which will help Americans lose weight while providing hunger relief.

For every pound lost, General Mills and other partners will donate 14 cents to Feeding America. The sponsors will contribute a total of up to $1.5 million. Feeding America will then distribute the money to local food banks, based on the zip codes of those who participate.

So the more pounds East Texans lose the more money that will go to the East Texas Food Bank. 

Help Smash Hunger

Smashburger is smashing out hunger to celebrate national burger month. This May, bring in a nonperishable food item and Coca-Cola will match your contribution with monetary support to help the East Texas Food Bank to smash out hunger.


The Amazing Race to End Hunger in East Texas

East Texas Fitness is holding "The Amazing Race to End Hunger in East Texas" event on Saturday, May 22nd at Rose Rudmond Park.



Stamp Out Hunger

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in East Texas will collect food donations to benefit those who are hungry in East Texas.  This is the 18th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive which is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  Food collected in the East Texas area will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank.

How the food drive works!  Simply leave a bag of non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9th.  Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.  The letter carriers will then collect donations from generous East Texans.


East Texas Cycling Event Benefits the
East Texas Food Bank

The 22nd Annual Beauty and Beasty Bicycle Tour will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at the KE Bushman Winery and Celebration Center, located just south of Tyler on the corner of US 69 and FM 2493.

This year’s title Sponsor, Kiepersol Estates, provides a new home for the 22nd annual Beauty and Beast Bicycle Tour. Tyler Bicycle Club is excited about the new venue being held at the KE Bushman Winery which is part of the Kiepersol Estates family. The event is expecting over 700 cyclists and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the East Texas Food Bank. 

For more information please contact Michael Lewis, Tyler Bicycle Club at 903.541.4534.

Grand Opening Benefits
East Texas Food Bank

Smashburger in both Longview and Tyler will donate $1 for every spicy baja burger sold, during two different grand opening celebration promotions, to the East Texas Food Bank.

In Longview February 27 - March 5
3080 North Eastman Road

In Tyler March 13 – 19
On Troup Highway, north of Loop 323

For more information go to www.smashburger.com


Give Food. Give Blood.

East Texas Food Bank has seen a 90% increase in East Texans asking for emergency food assistance over the last four years.  You can help feed East Texans by donating food.  Drop off any food donation at your local Brookshire’s or Super 1 Foods locations starting Sat, February 27th thru
Sat, March 6th. 

If you are volunteering or coming out to watch the build you are asked to bring a food donation which will be your pass to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build site!

Carter BloodCare has to see at least 1,100 donors every day to meet the needs of East Texas hospitals and patients.  We need your help.  Be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity by donating at the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build site on Sat, February 27th thru March 1st and receive a free commemorative t-shirt.  You can also donate at the Tyler or Longview Donor Center from February 27th thru March 4th with a food donation and you too will receive a commemorative t-shirt.  This opportunity is available while supplies last.

The Real Women's Expo

The Real Women's Expo will be held February 9th at Harvey Hall from
11 am to 8 pm with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the East Texas Food Bank. The event is presented in part by: Elite Concierge & Events, Sunny 106.5, KYKX 105.7, The Ranch, La Invasora and CBS 19.

Fill the Banks

We need your help to Fill the Banks, the East Texas Food Bank and Carter BloodCare, by giving blood and food.

The needs are greater than ever before. Across our nation and in our own community, the East Texas Food Bank and Carter BloodCare are providing mroe than ever before. So to help those in need, we are asking for your help.

During the week of January 8 through January 15, join the City of Tyler and Smith County to help Fill the Banks.


Ice Bowl 2010

Tyler Parks and Recreation presents the 5th Annual Ice Bowl benefiting the East Texas Food Bank. The event will be held January 23rd at Lindsey Park Disc Golf Course, 1255 Spur 364 West, in Tyler.



Test Drive A Hyundai at Allen Samuels

Allen Samuels Hyundai in Tyler is bringing a new kind of food drive to East Texas. Come and test drive a Hyundai at Allen Samuels and they will donate enough food to feed a hungry child for a week.

"Together with your help, we can provide thosuands of meals to feed hungry children through the East Texas Food Bank," says Jim Yates with Allen Samuels Hyundai.


2nd Annual Spin Bike Marathon

Get your riders together! To kick off the Holiday Health and Wellness Expo 2010 and raise as much money as possible for the East Texas Food Bank. 360 Fitness is holding an 8-hour Spin Bike Marathon. After enjoying a feast with family and friends on New Year's Day, this will be a great opportunity to burn some calories and help fellow East Texans in need.

The 2nd Annual Spin Bike Marathon will take place at 360 Fitness, 535 WSW Loop 323 in Tyler on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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