East Texas Food Bank offering kids free meals this summer

The East Texas Food Bank released its list of locations where children under 18 can get free breakfast or lunch in the city of Tyler.

The ETFB says the meals will be nutritional and well-rounded. Kids will also be able to hang out at their sites to play games and get into some physical activity.

Children do not have to register or pick up a meal ticket to get their food. Meals will not be available on the weekends or on July 4.
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The Rotary Club of Tyler presents $50,000 gift for ETFB Repackaging Room

More meals will be provided from the East Texas Food Bank thanks to a $50,000 donation from The Rotary Club of Tyler.  All of the funds benefit the new “Tyler Rotary Repackaging Room”.  The room will give volunteers and rotary members the opportunity to work on different projects such as repacking rice, beans, pastas and grains.

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East Texas Food Bank continuing efforts to help tornado victims in East Texas

The East Texas Food Bank continues its efforts to help tornado victims in Alto and San Augustine.  Here’s a look how they help during story recovery.
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East Texas Food Bank unveils Volunteer and Nutrition Education Center

Volunteers of the East Texas Food Bank can officially spend less time avoiding forklift traffic and more time helping the organization serve those in need throughout the region.

On Thursday evening, the nonprofit held a grand opening celebration where it unveiled its new Volunteer and Nutrition Education Center to donors and special guests.

The $3 million project — titled “More Space. More Meals” — provides facilities for volunteers, space for nutrition education, and is an expansion of the cold dock area and an improvement of existing warehouse storage capacity.
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East Texas Giving Day to be held April 30

Save the date. East Texas Giving Day (ETGD), an 18-hour online event that provides critical funding for area non-profits, is set for Tuesday, April 30.

East Texas Communities Foundation partners with area non-profits annually and provides citizens across a 32-county service area an easy platform to support the mission of local non-profits that serve the communities.
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East Texas Food Bank donated food and supplies to residents in Alto

The Alto Food Bank received a donation of food from the East Texas Food Bank.

Alberta Pope has little to no food in her home, due to the storms that impacted Alto.

“We lost a little food because our lights and electricity was off, and we couldn’t cook, and my deep freezer … it was kind of cold but still I lost some of my food in there. I just thank God for the food pantry and everything and we can come down here and get some food,” said Pope.

Her sister Bertha Pope was also impacted, but says she is thankful for all of the support they have received.
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East Texas Food Bank strives for Hunger Free East Texas

Imagine how you would react if you were volunteering at a food pantry when a family walked in with their little girl in tow, and as they entered, another volunteer gave the little girl an apple.  Now, imagine your feelings watching that little girl take the apple and turn to her mother asking, “Is it my day to eat?”
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Food pantry delivers healthy options

Helping Hands of Kilgore is helping locals make healthy food choices with the public pantry’s monthly Produce Drops.

The food pantry teams up with the East Texas Food Bank to distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to the community once a month and the event draws dozens to the charity at 201 S. Martin St. The Produce Drops have been a regular occurrence at Helping Hands for nearly four years, said Executive Director Ursula Plaisance, and Monday’s drop was well-attended.

“Yesterday there were about 90 (people),” Plaisance said. “The cold kind of deters some but that’s still a good turnout.”
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ETX Food Bank ‘Backpack Program’ helps food insecure children on spring break

The East Texas Food Bank works with schools to distribute food to children with food insecurities through various programs, and one of those is their “backpack program.”

East Texas Food Bank and their partners fill backpacks with various nutritious foods, and they are distributed to children with food insecurities at convenient locations throughout the area.
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Editorial: Amid shutdown, we should be prepared for rising need for food

The world’s best psychic (if, indeed, there is such a thing) would be hard-pressed to accurately predict when the government shutdown will end.

Already the longest ever, we can’t see any particular breaking points that might lead to some agreement. Compromise is apparently not even a consideration as neither side is willing to settle unless all their demands are met. Period.

Who you believe is most responsible for this mess is probably dependent on your presidential vote, but we suggest that now is not the time to focus on blame. Rather, let us consider how we can help the innocent victims of governmental inaction.
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