REMARKABLE WOMEN: Donna Spann, a survivor with a servant’s heart


Remarkable women is a month-long series honoring women in East Texas than inspire, lead, and forge the way for others day in and day out.

To start the new series, KETK introduces you to Donna Spann who has spent the last 37 years showering others with smiles, hugs and serving those who need it most.
(Read and watch this story from KETK)

East Texas Food Bank hosts first ‘produce drop and roadshow’ of the year to benefit community


The Smith County Food Security Council hosted its ‘produce drop and roadshow’ event of the year.

The event kicked off Tuesday morning at the New Days Community Church in Tyler where members of the community were able to come out and receive assistance in many different ways.

Along with healthy produce, health screenings, benefits assistance, job programs, and WIC enrollment were offered.
(Read more from KETK/KFXK)

Free produce, community resource event underway in Tyler

The East Texas Food Bank distributed free, fresh produce Tuesday during the Smith County Food Security Council’s Produce Drop and Community Resource Roadshow.

The event runs until 6 p.m. at the on Tuesday at the New Days Community Church in Tyler.

In addition to free produce, families have the opportunity to connect with community resources, including health screenings, job and education programs, and benefits assistance such as SNAP, Medicaid and WIC.
(Read more from KLTV 7)

Brookshire Grocery Co. donates 325 bags of food to East Texas Food Bank


Brookshire Grocery Co. has donated 325 bags of nonperishable food items to the East Texas Food Bank, according to a news release.

The donations were made possible through the collection event, which as held from Dec. 19 through Saturday at the Brookshire’s store on Rice Road.

“The holidays are such a joyous time for so many of us, and our mission is to ensure that feeling for our East Texas neighbors that are experiencing the despair of food insecurity,” said East Texas Food Bank Chief Executive Officer Dennis Cullinane.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank leadership says SNAP changes won’t impact ETX, calls for empathy

As the holiday season approaches, leaders at the East Texas Food Bank are asking others for a little empathy when it comes to new changes to the SNAP program.

Program Services Director Tim Butler said that while changes to SNAP, which eliminate a state’s ability to issue high unemployment waivers, will not directly impact East Texans, it is important to keep in mind that the people who will be impacted are already facing hardships.

“I think we can all agree that SNAP isn’t meant to be long term, I think the people on it don’t want to be on it the rest of their lives,” he said. “It’s a hand up.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)