Food insecurity in Smith County the focus of new hunger council

Tyler nurse Celeste Fisher grew up eating one meal a day because her family could not afford to buy food.
Her dad usually got the most to eat because he worked a manual labor job and needed the energy.
“It wasn’t until the fifth-grade year that I realized breakfast and lunch were normal parts of the day,” she said. “I got those at school, but in the summer we had supper only.”
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Whataburger partners with East Texas Food Bank for Christmas in July Food Drive

On July 17th, you can receive a free Whataburger if you donate two non-perishable items at any Whataburger location in Bullard, Chandler, Henderson, Kilgore, Lindale, Mineola and Tyler.
This is the first year Whataburger is hosting their Christmas in July Food Drive. They usually host a Fall food drive but saw the need for helping the East Texas Food Bank.
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Summer Backpack Program feeds East Texas children over the weekend

Allison Medrano, 6, sorted through the contents of a zip-close bag with one hand and held her kitten, Jingle Bell, in the other.
The bag contained canned soup, canned vegetables, drinks and snack foods. Allison was most excited about the box of cereal, but said she was saving part of her milk for Jingle Bell.
“We basically spend our summer here now,” said Allison’s grandmother, Felicita Arroyo.
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Summer Food Program kicks off in Tyler offering free meals, activities for children

Seemingly unfazed by the light rain, thunder and dark clouds Tuesday afternoon, over a dozen children participated in the first day of East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program at Emmett J. Scott Park.
Most children had their faces painted and were clenching balloon accessories as they ran between the playground and basketball court. Some even had balloon umbrellas, almost like a subtle peg toward the gloomy weather.
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East Texas Food Bank Announces Partners in Health Program

Despite increasing the medication and insulin of a patient with diabetes, Dr. Michele Bosworth found the man’s condition was only getting worse.
The patient suffered multiple heart attacks. Soon, both doctor and patient were growing weary of what could be done to improve his condition.
“One day he said to me, ‘Well, Dr. Bosworth, I can only eat what I get from the food bank,” said Bosworth, a family physician and patient safety officer at UT Health North Campus Tyler. “And I thought, wow, it didn’t really matter what I was prescribing to him. He only had the resources available to him that he could get from the food bank.”
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