East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind volunteers at East Texas Food Bank to help those in need during the holiday season

William Bishop, who was born totally blind, loves being able to help those in need at the East Texas Food Bank.

Bishop, of Tyler, was one of several volunteers from the East Lighthouse for the Blind helping Monday at the food bank. The East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind sent roughly 25 staff volunteers Monday and Tuesday mornings to assist in the preparation of holiday meals.

“This is very, very special for me to be able to do,” Bishop said. “It means the world to me to be able to help. I’m just thankful I could help someone.”
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Five Questions with the East Texas Food Bank’s Lauren Barnes

Money is tight around the holidays, and the East Texas Food Bank is working to ensure no one has to go hungry.

The nonprofit serves as a regional distributor for food banks across Northeast Texas. Each year the ETFB helps serve more than a quarter million people, including more than 64,000 children. The organization strives to provide healthy options to ensure families won’t have to make the choice between food and medicine or a healthy meal and inexpensive, unhealthy food.
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East Texas Food Bank continues tradition of ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ helping neighbors

Some 200 people gathered Friday night at the amphitheater in Tyler’s Bergfeld Park for the East Texas Food Bank’s 10th annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event.

The event was free, but attendees were asked to bring plastic jars of peanut butter to donate.

“We just really want to encourage everyone around the holidays to focus on what hunger during the holidays means, and just to bring awareness to this issue that we care so much about,” said Lauren Barnes, ETFB communications and marketing director.
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East Texas Food Bank seeks donations for holiday season

With exactly one week until Thanksgiving the East Texas food Bank is turning to you for help.

The nonprofit is putting out the call for donations as you gather around the table for the holidays.

Donna Spann, Chief Development Officer, East Texas Food Bank tells KLTV,” There’s a heightened awareness of hunger right now and a heightened awareness of thankfulness right now.
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10th Annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving benefits ETFB

Multiple community members have come together to host the 10th annual “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.

The free event is open to the public on November 22 at 5:30 p.m. and will take place at Bergfeld Park Amphitheatre in Tyler. The public is asked to bring plastic jars of peanut butter to donate to ETFB.
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‘Produce Drop & Community Roadshow’ helps families eat right with fresh produce

Eating fresh produce doesn’t have to be hard or break the bank. The ‘Produce Drop & Community Roadshow’ happened Tuesday giving away products and sending a message.

Hosted by the East Texas Food Bank and the Smith County Food Security Council, the event was held at New Days Community Church in Tyler.

Both organizations wanted to give the message that fresh produce can be easy to attain and if anyone is in need of some, they can help.
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Pro wrestling performers fight to end hunger at East Texas Food Bank event

The East Texas Food Bank and Main Event Pro Wrestling presented “Brawl At The Brewery,” a family-friendly pro wrestling event on Saturday at True Vine Brewing Company, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway in Tyler.

This “fight to end hunger” showcased pro wrestling performers, a light show and drama-filled situations that played out in front of a live audience, according to a news release about it.
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Pro-wrestling ‘Brawl at the Brewery’ to benefit the East Texas Food Bank

Big Daddy Yum Yum stopped by to talk about his Saturday night match against Lucha Libra superstar Estrella Galactica in the fight to end hunger benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.

The event, ‘Brawl At The Brewery’, Saturday, September 14th is FREE admission with a non-perishable food donation at the gate of True Vine Brewing Company, 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway in Tyler, starting at 7:00 pm.
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John Tyler tops Lee to win the 29th annual Pantry Raid competition

John Tyler and Robert E. Lee students love a good competition.

On Saturday, not only were they competing on the football field but also in the 29th annual East Texas Food Bank Pantry Raid at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

For the second straight year, John Tyler took home the trophy. When the winner was announced at halftime on Earl Campbell Field, JT students, along with principal Chanel Howard-Veazy, jumped up and down with joy before converging in a group huddle.
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Tyler high schools compete to feed the hungry in annual Pantry Raid competition

Students at Robert E. Lee High School and John Tyler High School are collecting canned food and monetary donations for the 29th annual Pantry Raid. Each student body hopes to out-donate the other to win a trophy and bragging rights.

“I think the Pantry Raid is a great cause,” Robert E. Lee High School Student Council President Michael Foley, 18, said. “I’ve had the opportunity over the years to do service projects where I see the need in the community for food. To be able to help as a student makes you humble.”
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