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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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