TLL Temple Foundation, East Texas Food bank distribute food in Lufkin

The TLL Temple Foundation and the East Texas Food Bank partnered up again for the second week to help people in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the two non-profits distributed 670 boxes which fed around 1,100 meals. On Tuesday the group handed out between 1,800 and 2,000 boxes. Pilgrim’s Pride also donated 20,000 pounds of frozen chicken to distribute as well.
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East Texas Food Bank sets emergency food box distribution, launches senior box delivery

The East Texas Food Bank will be hosting an emergency food box distribution, and launching a delivery program to get food boxes to seniors.

The ETFB will host an emergency food box distribution from 10 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last) on Friday, April 3 at the East Texas State Fairgrounds, 2112 W. Front St.

The ETFB also is launching a food box delivery program for low income seniors over 60 years old that are homebound or quarantined and at risk of hunger.
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Skyrocketing unemployment changing requirements for SNAP

In about a week, more than 150,000 Texans filed for unemployment benefits, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.For perspective, that is an 860% increase over the prior week.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services lowered some of the requirements needed to qualify for welfare programs like SNAP.
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East Texas Food Bank holding ‘virtual food drive’

The East Texas Food Bank organized a virtual food drive to help serve the needy in the East Texas area.

Donors are asked to purchase needed items online that will be distributed to those in need.
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East Texas Food Bank and T.L.L. Temple Foundation hand out 670 emergency boxes of food

The East Texas Food Bank and T.L.L. Temple Foundation distributed 670 emergency boxes of food to people in need in Lufkin on Thursday.

“It’s been an hour and a half, and we’re out of food,” food bank CEO Dennis Cullinane said. “It’s painful — we thought we brought twice as much as we needed. We knew that there was a lot of need, but it’s a lot more heartbreaking than we originally thought.”
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