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.
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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.”
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ETX Food Bank launches food distribution to fight hunger during the holidays

Here in East Texas, 1 in every 4 kids and 1 in 5 adults don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

That’s why the East Texas Food Bank is providing a way for families to get some help before the holidays.

East Texans struggling with hunger do not go away during the holidays.
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East Texas Food Bank to distribute extra food for the holidays

The East Texas Food Bank will be holding a special holiday produce and food distribution on December 20 at the East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler.  Distribution will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is limited to one distribution per household. The event expects to serve 500 households.

ETFB holds a free produce distribution event at the fairgrounds on the first and third Friday of every month. In addition to the regular produce items, frozen chicken, canned goods and peanut butter will also be distributed.
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New SNAP rule won’t affect East Texans

The Trump administration has officially finalized a new rule for those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The rule applies to able-bodied adults with no dependents.

“Currently under the SNAP program there are certain job requirements that people have to abide by in order to receive SNAP,” said Tim Butler, the program services director for the East Texas Food Bank. “Specifically, people aged 18-49 without dependents and not care takers; they have to show 20 hours of work within a week in order to receive SNAP.”
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East Texas Food Bank offers tips for safe food handling when preparing holiday meals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you’re not careful in the kitchen, loved ones could end up sick.

As part of its mission to fight hunger and feed hope, the East Texas Food Bank offers free nutrition education, including a six-week course focusing on food preparation, budgeting and shopping for healthy meals.

ETFB Nutrition Education Manager Kinsey Jeffers shared some tips for safe food preparation for big holiday meals, so that no one in the family gets food poisoning for Christmas.
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Giving Tuesday: Ozarka donates $5K, truckload of water to East Texas Food Bank

Giving Tuesday is here, and it marks a 24-hour global day of giving to charities and nonprofit organizations.

Ozarka Natural Spring Water made a $5,000 donation to the East Texas Food Bank. Ozarka is also donating a truckload of bottled water, and employees from the Ozarka production facility in Hawkins will volunteer at the food bank.
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Ozarka donation to East Texas Food Bank, volunteering to kick off Giving Tuesday

Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water is helping the East Texas Food Bank kick off Giving Tuesday by donating $5,000 and a truckload of bottled water.

Giving Tuesday is a 24-hour global day of giving to charities and nonprofits.

The donation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the East Texas Food Bank, 3201 Robertson Road. After the presentation, Ozarka employees will volunteer at the food bank.
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No holiday for hunger

The holiday season, or “season of giving,” moves many people to look beyond themselves and consider the needs of the nearly quarter of a million people in this region who are hungry.

Charitable organizations, here and around the country, are typically awash with donations of food, clothes, and money when the weather cools, leaves turn, and everyone feels the holiday spirit.

That’s great, Anderson County advocates said, but fighting hunger is a year-round battle that calls for our assistance every month of the year. Those who package, prepare, and deliver aid to the needy would like people to hold onto the spirit of giving in spring, when donations all but cease.
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Thanksgiving box and produce distribution set for Wednesday in Tyler

The East Texas Food Bank will hold a special Thanksgiving box and produce distribution on Wednesday at the East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler.

Distribution will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and is limited to one per household.

“We have a lot of volunteers that want to help for Thanksgiving, but we also have such a large meal gap,” said East Texas Food Bank Programs Director Tim Butler. “Being able to offer food to help feed families at this time of the year is a great opportunity for the East Texas Food Bank and our volunteers.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)