East Texas Food Bank holds kicksoff celebration for Summer Food Program

As lunchtime began Tuesday for participants of the Summer Playground Program at the Glass Recreation Center, tiny hands gladly scooped up oranges, milk, sandwiches and other healthy items.

“It tastes pretty good,” said Khelci Lacy, 10, of Tyler.

The center is one of about 50 sites throughout the region where the East Texas Food Bank is offering its Summer Food Program, which allows children to receive nutritious meals at no cost.
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East Texas Food Bank kicks off Summer Food Program for families

The East Texas Food Bank kicks off its Summer Food Program, providing free nutritious meals to children.

Across East Texas, 75,000 children in 26 surrounding counties will lose access to free and reduced meals they depend on during the school year.
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ETX Food Bank’s ‘Summer Food Program’ kicks off

About 100 kids will attend the glass recreation summer camp in Tyler. Roughly 80% of them will take part in the summer food program.

“We try and find those areas that we can reach the most children and we’re hoping to distribute almost one-hundred thousand meals and every meal we distribute is going to be a meal that’s needed,” East Texas Food Bank CEO, Dennis Cullinane, said.
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East Texas Food Bank kicks off summer food program

The East Texas Food Bank is kicking off its Summer Food Program.

According to the food bank, more than 75,000 children in East Texas depend on schools for free or reduced-priced lunch. So while school is out, kids under 18 can get a free meal through the food bank’s summer food service program.
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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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