Faces of Hunger

These stories put a "face to hunger", to show how anyone can be affected.  The East Texas Food Bank is committed to addressing these hunger issues and needs of East Texans. 

Charlene RR Newsletter Holiday 2014My name is Charlene, and I really appreciate everything the East Texas Food Bank does to help me feed my family.  I have four children - three boys and my daughter.  My boys have been part of the BackPack Program at school, and during the summer we get them lunch at the Summer Food Program sites.  It's just nice to know that there are places like this that help when things happen and we need to eat.

I'm not working right now because it got too hard for my mom to watch my children when she was working nights.  Now she helps out when she can.  Recently my car broke down, and that makes it harder to get food, too.

Money is really my biggest challenge right now.  I've had nice things and I've had nothing at all, and I hate to put so much emphasis on money.  But in reality you must have money to survive.  I try to keep the children happy and involved in their extracurricular activies so they don't really have to see the struggle.  They're happy kids, so I'm doing my job!

The East Texas Food Bank and its programs really do help.  It's comforting to know that there are people out here who help.  People who volunteer, and people who donate and put their time and energy into helping others.  I know I'll be back to volunteer again.

To those who support the East Texas Food Bank, I don't know what else to say but thank you!  You help me feed my children.  Thank you for the time, the money, the food - everything you give.  And for your spirit to help others.  It's amazing!
Cory RR Newsletter Holiday 2014Hi, I'm Cory and I come by the Longview Community Ministries food pantry because I'm not getting enough hours at my job.  I work at the car wash, and when it's raining, we aren't able to open up.  Whn you've got a 40-hour-a-week job, but only get to work 22 hours a week, and you still have the same bills and responsibilities, it makes it tough.

I have six children.  It's just me and the kids, because my wife died in a car accident several years ago.  My oldest daughter is starting college.  The hardest thing for me is just trying to meet everybody's needs.  You can't constantly be saying no to the kids all the time.  You've got to give them something to look forward to, and let them know you love them.  So that's tough, not being able to give them much.

Fortunatly, they've never had to go hungry.  It may not be what they want, but there's always a pot of beans on the storve.  I'm not sure we'd always have enough to eat if it wasn't for the food pantry.  When things are really tight, it makes the difference.

During the holidays, getting the food is even more crucial.  Especially when you're trying to give the kids a little Christmas.  They want so many things they see on TV, but with work the way itis, that's just not feasible.  So it's good to have a place like this to come to and have a little peace of mind about the situation.

The community would be at such a loss if the East Texas Food Bank wasn't here.  They help so many people and do so much for the community.  And I'm very appreciative of everything they do for my family as well.
Carmen RR Newsletter Summer 2013"I have to tell you how thankful I am for the East Texas Food Bank and our community food pantry - they provide food for my husband, my three children and me.  My name is Carmen and I've only been coming here for a few months, but each time it puts a smile on my face.  I appreciate coming here.  We might come in sad, but we always leave smiling.  I'm not working right now, so life has been hard.  My husband works, but it's difficult to keep getting enough work to help us survive as a family."

Read more about Carmen in our latest Servings Newsletter 
Melissa RR Newsletter Summer 2012"My name is Melissa.  I am grateful to the East Texas Food Bank and the Dorcas House, where I'm able to come for food I'd never be able to afford.  I have a wonderful family, but it pains me not to be able to take better care of them.  My husband works and he gets paid tomorrow - but we need food today.  Without the help of someone like you, I don't know what I would do.  And it's not just food: it's good, nutritious food that allows me to make balanced meals - something I'd never be able to do if I had to buy these ingredients at the market.  My entire family thanks you for your kindness."

Read more about Melissa in our Servings Newsletter 
Dominic Capetillo"My name is Dominic. I’m smiling for two reasons today: because I love my children, and I love the food we receive from the East Texas Food Bank. My two daughters are always hungry, and I need all the help I can get to keep food on the table.  My children are so happy when we get in the car to come get the nutritious food you help provide. I’m doing everything I can to raise my kids with good values, and want them to do well in school. That's my main objective."

Read more about Domininc in our Servings Newsletter 
"My name is Ryan, and I like coming to the park during the summer with my brother Michael.  We always get a good meal when we come, because sometimes we don't have enough food at home. "
"My name is Barbara, and I'm a 57 year-old widowed retiree.  I've worked in the admissions office at a college, a substitute teacher, and as a cleark in a law firm.  However, now I suffer from severe osteoarthritis and my only income is the disability I get each month.  I knew about the Salvation Army in Tyler, because I have donated and volunteered before.  I am not ashamed.  These services are not for uneducated, drug users, or abusive alcoholics; this is for people that have been dealth a hand of cards that they cannot trade.  We have to keep living." 

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