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.”
(Read more from Kilgore News Herald)

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.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)

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.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)

Food benefits arriving early; East Texas food pantries preparing to supplement recipients

An emotional roller coaster happened for millions of food stamp recipients Monday morning.
They were first told at the end of last week to expect no February benefits due to the government shutdown.
Before noon Monday, an advisory said the benefits will be available by the end of the week.
Recipients are advised to plan carefully when shopping.
The HOPE Food Pantry in Nacogdoches may help. It serves food benefit recipients on a monthly basis. HOPE stands for Helping Other People Eat.
(Read more and watch this story from KTRE)

Local food banks could be impacted by government shutdown

If the government shutdown continues, millions of low-income families who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could have a harder time buying food; that includes, people in East Texas.

“The SNAP program is funded and running it’s funded through January, there’s about $3 billion worth of reserves left,” East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane said.
(Read more from KLTV 7)

The legacy of volunteerism left by George H.W. Bush

“I’ve spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the nation doing good,” said President George H.W. Bush in his 1989 Inaugural Speech.

One point of light in East Texas, Davonte Kemp, a volunteer at The East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KETK)

SFA wraps up fourth annual Cooking Matters program

Stephen F. Austin State University students in the School of Human Sciences wrapped up their fourth annual Cooking Matters program with a graduation ceremony and game night.

During this six-week collaborative course with the East Texas Food Bank, SFA students worked with community members to educate them on healthy eating habits and budgeting.
(Read more from SFASU)

Asian vegetables grown during trial at local Texas A&M AgriLife facility donated to East Texas Food Bank

The future of local farmers markets and produce sections could include a lot more bok choy, red mustard greens and other Asian vegetables.

Last month it was announced that the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have teamed up for a yearlong trial to examine the feasibility and possible benefits of growing Asian vegetables in Texas. The trial is being held at four AgriLife facilities across the state.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving benefits East Texas Food Bank

It’s time for the ninth annual “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.  The event will take place at Bergfeld Park Amphitheatre in Tyler, on Friday, November 9th at 5:30 pm.  The public is asked to bring plastic jars of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank.  A special presentation of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will begin at 6:00pm
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East Texas schools tackle childhood hunger through backpack programs

Sabine ISD volunteer Misty Gee believes area school districts’ backpack programs help build relationships between families and schools.
“(Families) know that someone is looking out for them,” she said.

Districts, which rely on donations of money, food and more to operate the programs, are seeking community support as they begin to fill backpacks with food and other essential items for students to take home.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.” More than 25 percent of children living in Gregg, Harrison, Rusk and Upshur counties live with food insecurity, according to the national nonprofit group Feeding America.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)