In The News 2011 RSS Feed
Shine Your Light hits $200,000 goal
12/31/2011

Today is the last day to contribute to the Shine Your Light campaign, but organizers are pleased to have reached their ambitious goal a day early.

“We’re so excited,” Mayor Barbara Bass said. “We’ve had a stretch goal of $200,000 and have exceeded that because of the community. This is going to be such a blessing to the wonderful organizations who benefit. This is over the top and just proves what a generous community this is.”
(Read more from the Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Mayor emphasizes ongoing challenge
12/30/2011

Mayor Barbara Bass knew when she gave the Shine Your Light campaign its goal, it wouldn’t be easy.

“Our $200,000 goal for this year was a stretch goal,” Mayor Barbara Bass said. “We’ve had a donor say that if we reach $190,000 they would write a $10,000 check to complete the goal. We believe anything can happen in a community so full of generosity and request that the community join us in reaching this ambitious goal.”
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Donate to Shine Your Light
12/29/2011

Mayor Barbara Bass knew when she gave the Shine Your Light campaign its goal, it wouldn't be easy.

"Our $200,000 goal for this year was a stretch goal," Mayor Barbara Bass said. "We've had a donor say that if we reach $190,000 they would write a $10,000 check to complete the goal. We believe anything can happen in a community so full of generosity and request that the community join us in reaching this ambitious goal."
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)

Donations needed for Tyler's $200,000 charity campaign
12/28/2011
With the annual fundraising campaign ending Saturday, there's still time to donate to a good cause and help Tyler's light shine brighter.
Shine Your Light is an annual giving campaign in which East Texas residents can donate to selected nonprofits through the Tyler Morning Telegraph.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
(Make a donation to Shine Your Light)
Bread for bread
12/28/2011
Robert and Wanda Pendergrass and Frances and Jerry Cryer with Lake Country RV Travelers present a check to Charles and Linda Fry with Bread of Life Ministries. Lake Country RV Travelers, a Texas Chapter of International Good Sam Recreational Vehicle Club gave the East Texas Food Bank an $800 donation for Bread of Life Ministries in Mineola. The East Texas Food Bank distributes over 19.5 million pounds of food each year to over 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties, including the Mineola organization.
(Read more from The Mineola Monitor)
East Texas Food Bank BackPack Program keeps children fed
12/21/2011
Eleven-year-old Roy Lampton sits quietly at the table with his mother and sister.  There's one topic that brings a grin to his face, though.  Snowball fights.  Roy and his family are clients of the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from Tyler Morning-Telegraph)  (Make a Donation to "Shine Your Light")
Gay Avenue BackPack Program distributes backpacks
12/20/2011
Christian Allen and Gay Avenue Counselor Cathy Cates, put together Back Packs. Gay Avenue gives out 25 Back Packs to kids so that they will have food to ear on the weekends.
(Read more from Gladewater Mirror)
Demand for services higher than ever for Henderson Food Bank
12/19/2011

Even with the temporary loss of its two main proprietors, the Henderson Food Bank continues to go strong.

Patsy and Noah Louviere were both injured in a motorcycle accident in October and unable to keep the Food Bank going. Their daughter, April Stevens, stepped up and is now running the facility in their absence.
(Read more from Henderson Daily News)

Mayor issues $200,000 challenge for Shine Your Light campaign
12/18/2011
The fourth annual Shine Your Light campaign started Sunday, December 18th, and with more nonprofits and more matching funds, this year is looking to be better than ever.  "We are thrilled to be a part of the Shine Your Light campaign.  The need for emergency food assistance continues to rise while resources are becoming more scarce," said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank said.  "We are grateful that the East Texas community continues to support us in fighting hunger and feeding hope to those in need."
(Read more from Tyler Paper)
(Donate to the campaign)
Shine Your Light kicks off Sunday
12/17/2011
fThe third annual Shine Your Light Community Campaign sponsored by the Tyler Morning Telegraph will kick off Sunday and run until Dec. 31.
East Texas Food Bank featured during KETK/KFXK's "Holiday Help"
12/15/2011
Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, spoke on FOX 51 Today about what the community can do to help those in need this holiday season.
(Watch more from FOX 51 Today)
Power Company Donates $2,000
12/7/2011
First Choice Power donated $2,000 to the East Texas Food Bank to purchase energy-efficient freezers.  The East Texas Food Bank was one of 32 Reduce Your Use Grant recipients.  First Choice Power awarded a total of about $61,000 in grants across the state to schools, chambers and nonprofits for energy-efficient upgrades, products and programs.
(Read more from Tyler Morning-Telegraph)
Price of peanut butter on rise
11/30/2011
Over the last year, the price of commodities has gone up, which means staples, like peanut butter, are going to cost you a few dollars more.  So what does it mean for the East Texas Food Bank?
(Read more from KETK NBC56)
East Texas Food Bank's Davis guest on Chamber show
11/27/2011

Karolyn Davis, communications director of the East Texas Food Bank, will be featured on this week's Tyler Chamber Radio Show.  Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce COO Henry Bell will also be featured on the 30-minute radio show, which can be found under the Business Tab at TylerPaper.com.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Hunters asked to donate extra game
11/24/2011
Hunting season began earlier this month, but bagging that prize buck isn't the only thing on hunters' minds. They are also trying to put food on the table for other families.  Lynch's Food Store in Tyler is participating in the "Hunters For The Hungry" program.  The program allows hunters to donate their venison to those in need to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)
Brookshire's FRESH donates $3,000 to East Texas Food Bank
11/22/2011

Brookshire's Fresh donates more than $3,000 to the East Texas Food Bank to help feed those in need this holiday season.  The donation came from Fresh's first ever Steak Cook-Off in October. Eight teams from local businesses, including one from CBS 19 and our news partners at the Tyler Morning Telegraph, competed to earn the "Ace of Steaks" title belt.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)

Familes find fun at Charlie Brown Feast
11/21/2011

It was a Thanksgiving feast like none other, and all for a good cause.  An estimated 95 children and family members piled into the East Texas Food Bank Saturday afternoon for the second annual "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast."  The event, hosted by the East Texas Food Bank and LT24, a service organization from Leadership Tyler Class 24, featured all the fixings from the television special.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Josh Tomlin returns to East Texas
11/20/2011

Whitehouse's Josh Tomlin, now pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, signed autographs at Purebody Nutrition in Tyler today.  From two to four Saturday, visitors could come, drop off four cans of food, and get an autograph from the MLB pitcher.
(Read more from KETK NBC56)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast set for today
11/19/2011

The East Texas Food Bank and LT24, a service organization from Leadership Tyler Class 24, will host the second-annual "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast," featuring all the fixings found in the beloved television special.  The event will take place at the East Texas Food Bank, 3201 Robertson Road, at 2 to 3 p.m. today. The public is asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate to the East Texas Food Bank for admission to the event.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

How to give back locally this holiday season
11/18/2011

As we're out shopping this season, there are plenty of east Texans who could use our help too.  KETK spoke with local charities to see what their biggest needs are for the holidays.   Officials with the East Texas Food Bank say they'll take all the help they can get.  "As the holidays get closer, we're in need of food time and money," said Executive Director Dennis Cullinane.
(Read more from KETK NBC56)

Fit City Success: Cooking Matters
11/18/2011

With food prices going up, eating healthy on a budget can seem impossible.  That's why there's a class at the East Texas food bank called "Cooking Matters."  Making your dollar go further at the grocery store starts with a little planning and education, but it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on taste or nutrition.
(Read more from KYTX CBS19)

Food bank gets donation for Bread of Life in Mineola
11/17/2011
Holy Family Thrift Store gave the East Texas Food Bank a $1,000 donation for Bread of Life Ministries in Mineola.
(Read more from Longview News-Journal)
Feeding America launches fleet of mobile food pantries
11/17/2011

Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, is launching a fleet of mobile pantries and expanding upon other hunger relief programs, thanks to a $5 million donation from the Idol Gives Back Foundation.  Ten mobile pantry trucks are being delivered to service food banks across the country. They will supply nutritious food to people at risk of hunger who live in communities where fresh food is limited, providing access to nutritious food in both urban and rural "food deserts." These trucks are expected to distribute more than eight million pounds of food annually.
(Read more from Feeding America)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Celebration At Food Bank Saturday
11/16/2011
The simplest ideas are often the best and when coming from the mind of a child simple can become genius. That's exactly what happened in 2006 when Curt Pearson, who was four-years old at the time, was watching "The Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." It was one of his favorites and he asked his parents if he could have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feast for his friends. They thought it was a fun idea and invited people over for an afternoon of traditional Charlie Brown dishes such as jelly beans, popcorn, toast and pretzels.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Second Annual Feast Set Saturday
11/16/2011

The East Texas Food Bank and LT24, a service organization from Leadership Tyler Class 24, will host the second annual "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Feast," featuring all the fixings found in the beloved television special.  The event will take place at the East Texas Food Bank, 3201 Robertson Road, from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The public is asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate to the food bank for admission to the event.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Panera Bread opening In Tyler
11/14/2011

Tyler's newest chain restaurant, Panera Bread, is opening to the public Monday. The restaurant is located in The Fountains at Chimney Rock development at 5755 S. Broadway Ave.  Panera Bread bakes fresh bread each day. Whatever leftover bread they have at the end of every day will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank to give out to those in need, he said.  "We are thrilled to partner up with the East Texas Food Bank for our Day-End Dough-Nation program," he said. "Knowing that our nightly donations can help many different people in our community gives us great joy."
(Read more from Tyler Morning-Telegraph)

Valero donates $44,000 to East Texas Food Bank
11/11/2011
The East Texas Food Bank received more than $44,000 from Valero Energy Corporation for its “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” campaign.
(Read more from Tyler-Morning Telegraph)
Good sports: Hoops classic benefits food bank
11/10/2011

For the last 13 years, the Tyler Area Basketball Officials have sponsored a boys high school basketball classic the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day.  And during that span the officials have raised some $75,000 for scholarships. Each year in February they host a banquet at the Tyler Rose Garden Center for the players and coaches. At last year’s banquet, 10 basketball players were awarded scholarships.
(Read more from ETFinalscore.com)

Great American Peanut Butter Festival slated Nov. 13
11/9/2011
The Grand Saline Main Street Program is pleased to announce the First Great American Peanut Butter Festival! The festival will be held in partnership with Nutty’s Gourmet Peanut Butter and The East Texas Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Historic Downtown Grand Saline.  Festival attendees are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter (any brand) as a donation to the food bank to assist them in stocking their shelves for the holiday season.
(Read more from Youreasttexas.com)
East Texan major league pitcher headed to Tyler
11/3/2011

Many people are without food this winter due to the recession and East Texas Food Bank is here to help.  PureBody Nutrition is teaming up with MotoPhoto and Signature Gallery to bring you Cleveland Indians starting Pitcher, Josh Tomlin. Josh will be greeting fans and signing 8x10 photos, donated by Moto Photo, for canned goods. Fans must bring in 4 canned Goods for the East Texas Food Bank on Saturday, November 19th from 2-4pm at Purebody Nutrition, located at 6747 S. Broadway in Tyler next to Walmart.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)

Business collecting donations for East Texas Food Bank
11/3/2011

For the entire month of November, the OneMain Financial branch at 4560 S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler will collect non-perishable food to donate to the East Texas Food Bank in time to be distributed to local residents before the holidays.  “In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, OneMain Financial is committed to making the neighborhoods where we do business better places to live and work,” Debra Marshall, OneMain financial branch manager, said in a written release. “We have a strong tradition of supporting local organizations that help those in need, and we are excited area residents will be joining us in this effort during our Customer Appreciation Days.”  As part of their Customer Appreciation Days, everyone who visits the OneMain Financial branch from Nov. 17 through Nov. 30 can enter a sweepstakes to win a digital picture frame and pick up a complimentary 2012 wall calendar. Visit onemainfinancial.com or call 877-550-6246 for more information.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)


John Tyler Broadcaster Keeps It Fun With Friends
10/25/2011
Kenny Smith, who began broadcasting the John Tyler High School football games this fall for KTBB radio, said he mentions as many names of as many of the players as possible during the show.
(Read more from Tyler Morning-Telegraph)
"MMM" Food Program
10/13/2011

Some Ark-La-Tex students are showing improvement in the classroom thanks in part to a new weekend program. It's called "Marshall Maverick Meals" and provides food to about 150 elementary school students.  "This has turned out to be something we found a real need for," said Carl Rhodes, a member of the Noon Optimist Club in Marshall.
(Read more from KTBS)

On a mission for Nick
10/5/2011

Nick's Mission is a backpack program to feed hungry school children on weekends and school holidays that sends backpacks full of nutritional food home with area kids who might not eat much otherwise. In its official launch last week, 31 elementary age kids from around the area did not have to go hungry last weekend.
(Read more from Bowie County Citizen)

Sanfords build House of Saints Church debt free
10/5/2011

Twenty years ago Johnny R. Sanford Jr. had a vision from God.  “Build my house,” the Lord told him.  At the time, Sanford had planned to build his family a home on the 13 1/2 acres he owned off of FM 321 on CR 3334 in Anderson County.
(Read more from Palestin Herald-Press)

Jennifer Yoder appointed To Development Director of East Texas Food Bank
10/3/2011

The East Texas Food Bank appointed Jennifer Yoder to development director on Sept. 19.  She comes from being the development and marketing coordinator at the Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Fit City Day at the park gets Tyler moving
10/3/2011

Jim Noble probably wanted to sleep in Saturday but rolled out of bed early to show his children that fitness is not only good for you -- it can be fun.  Noble was among hundreds of people participating in Fit City Day at the Park
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)


Donations don't meet demands
9/28/2011
The economy is taking a toll on the food pantry in Marshall, TX. The United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry is only open four hours a day, but volunteers say that time flies by because they're so busy.
(Read more from KTBS)
Marshall food pantry running low on supplies
9/23/2011
Mark Anthony Jackson is a college student living in Harrison County. He says he's waiting for a check to come in, but now he needs help from the food pantry. With supplies dwindling, though, the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry is having a tougher time helping people like Jackson.
(Read more from KMSS)
About Hunger & Resilience Exhibit
9/7/2011
During Hunger Action Month, the East Texas Food Bank is bringing an exhibit to East Texas to raise awareness about the issue of hunger. In Michael Nye’s exhibit, About Hunger & Resilience, so much comes to light.
(Read more about the exhibit)
September is 'Hunger Action Month'
9/1/2011

September is Hunger Action Month and the East Texas Food Bank has many ways East Texas can get involved.
During the entire month, the East Texas Food Bank, KLTV, KTRE, Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods, Brookshire Brothers and Townsquare Media are making it easy for you to help fight hunger.
(Read more from KLTV)


Texas charities urge congressional members to save nutrition funding
8/31/2011

More than 30 northeast Texas nonprofit agencies urged Texas members of Congress to protect investments in federal nutrition programs for low-income and jobless families.  In a letter signed Monday by 518 Texas charities, they jointly urged congressional leaders “to keep a place in your heart for the many Texas families struggling with hunger and poor nutrition.”  (Read more from the Longview News-Journal)

Study says 6,490 kids in Angelina County are ‘food insecure’
8/29/2011

A study released this past week by the East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, indicates that 29 percent of Angelina County children under the age of 18 struggle with hunger at times.
(Read more from The Lufkin Daily News)

80,000 East Texas children living at risk of hunger
8/26/2011

More than 80,000 East Texas children live in risk of going hungry. That's according to a new study by the group Feeding America. Families all across East Texas are living without the essentials they need to put a meal on the table. The East Texas Food Bank and food pantries are trying to ensure that doesn't happen, that no child goes hungry.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

Study shows over 80,000 East Texas children don't get proper meals
8/26/2011

A new study released Thursday has disturbing news for East Texas children. A study conducted by Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, revealed that 26 East Texas counties have a severe problem with childhood hunger. Child advocates are using the information to develop strategies to fight the problem.
(See more from KTRE 9)

New study shows over 80,000 East Texas children live at risk of hunger
8/25/2011
The East Texas Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, today released a new study which reveals in 26 East Texas counties, 27 percent of children, that’s over 80,000, under the age of 18 are struggling with hunger.
(Read more on EastTexasFoodBank.org)
Non-profits hit by drought, ag losses
8/24/2011
The Drought of 2011 has hit many industries hard, causing a sizable dent in the Texas economy — state agriculture officials this month estimated that the drought has caused a record $5.2 billion in livestock and crop losses since last fall.

(Read more from Jacksonville Daily Progress)

People using food stamps at record high
8/16/2011

A report out just this month shows that the number of people on food stamps has reached an all time high.  The sluggish economy is taking a toll on families across the country. A record 45.8 million people received food stamps from the government in May.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

Tyler schools kick off annual Pantry Raid
8/4/2011

One of the largest food drives for the East Texas Food Bank has begun and Tyler public schools need your help to make it a success.  Robert E. Lee and John Tyler high schools compete each year in the “Pantry Raid” to see which school can collect the most nonperishable food items for the food bank.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)


East Texas Food Bank providing food assistance at additional locations
7/27/2011
The East Texas Food Bank will expand its Summer Bag Program to an additional 10 locations in the area, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Feeding America and the ConAgra Foods Foundation.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
First Highway 80 event helps food bank while highlighting small towns
7/24/2011

Icons of American history rolled across 70 miles of highway, stopping in four East Texas towns Saturday.
Almost 200 glistening and pristine classic cars lined the streets of Wills Point, Grand Saline, Mineola and Gladewater between stretches of road in the first Highway 80 Progressive Car Cruise.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Food 4 Kids program in need of funds
7/22/2011
As mothers of two school teachers, longtime friends and former co-workers Glenda Alfred and Jane Opell have heard the heart-breaking stories of children who eat very little or nothing on the weekend — getting most of their nutrition from eating breakfast and lunch at school five days a week.
(Read more from Palestine Herald-Press)
WCF donates over $280K to local and Texas charities
7/22/2011

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation has supported 41 Texas charities through donations exceeding $280,000 in 2011. The East Texas Food Bank received $10,500 from the foundation.
(Read more from Woodlands Online)

Car cruise benefits food bank
7/13/2011

Ramble down historic U.S. Highway 80 in the first multi-city car cruise and show of its kind along a 70 mile stretch of blacktop from Wills Point to Gladewater. 
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)


Community Spotlight: East Texas Food Bank
6/27/2011
Here in the dog days of summer, we focus on making sure everyone has enough to drink to stay hydrated, but have you ever been hungry - truly hungry with no way to satisfy your appetite?  Did you know that in East Texas one in four children is at risk of hunger and one in five adults is at risk.
(Read more from KLTV 7 ABC)
Food pantry gets festive facelift
6/16/2011

The small building sitting at 411 N. Hwy. 110 in Whitehouse got a huge blessing last week. The youth workers of U.M. Army showed up with paint brushes and saws in hand and went to work.  Philadelphia Blessing, who provides food assistance to more than 200 families in the Whitehouse and Southeast Tyler areas, has a whole new look and there is no way to miss it!
(Read more from Tri County Leader)

East Texas radio stations hold NFL "Lockout, Lock-In"
6/15/2011
Two radio stations in East Texas have fenced themselves into an outdoor compound in the parking lot of the Longview Mall and will broadcast on location non-stop until the NFL lockout ends.102.7 106.9 The Blaze and 99.3 Talk FM officially kicked off their “Lockout Lock-In” one week ago on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)
First Choice Power launches second annual Summer Food Bag Program to fight Texas childhood hunger
6/9/2011

First Choice Power is continuing its Food First™ Summer Bag Program for a second year by partnering with six food banks and food pantries across the state to help fight childhood hunger. The first-of-its-kind program provides biodegradable plastic bags for each organization to fill with nutritious food to send home with children on summer weekends.
(Read more from PR Newswire)

East Texas Food Bank summer lunch program underway
6/8/2011

The East Texas Food Bank 2011 Summer Food Service Program has officially begun.  The event began yesterday all across East Texas and will continue into August. East Texas Food Bank Communications Director Karolyn Davis said, “the program is designed to help children of low-income families and act as a substitute to school-provided lunches.”
(Read more from KMOO 99.9)

Economy impacts family budgets, food plan responds
6/8/2011

A smiling Jose Medina, 60, of Tyler, spent part of Tuesday sitting in the shade of a large tree in City Park, watching his family enjoy the first carefree days of summer vacation.  When the noon hour approached, Abriea Medina, 8, and Kristian Medina, 4, settled in for a short lunch of chicken spaghetti with vegetables before running back for a second go at the jungle gym.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank kicks off Summer Food Service Program
6/7/2011

The East Texas Food Bank kicked off its summer food service program on Tuesday, which is designed to help children of low-income families.  A great meal at a great price, which some of these children would not have been able to eat, since school is out.
(Read more from KLTV ABC 7)

East Texas Food Bank kicks off free summer meal program
6/7/2011

Thousands of East Texas children won't go hungry this summer, fed by a free breakfast and lunch program offered now that the school year is over. CBS 19's Abby Broyles explains how the East Texas Food Bank plans to keep children fed.  It wasn't just another day at the park. These kids have came ready to play - and ready to eat.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

Area summer food program kicks off
6/6/2011
The program provides free nutritious meals to children at 48 sites throughout East Texas. Since school is out, thousands of East Texas children will be looking for places they can meet their friends, have fun and eat healthy meals.
(Read more from Longview News Journal)

 

Summer playground program returns to help
6/6/2011

Nutritious food, enriching activities and nurturing role models await Tyler youths who need a little support during their summer break from school.  The 61st annual Summer Playground Program kicks off Tuesday, and legions of caring adults are preparing to extend a helping hand to children ages 6 to 12.  This free program, which lasts through Aug. 12, is a staple for generations of Tyler children, beloved by parents and those who keep it going.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank gears up to feed thousands of kids this summer
6/3/2011
How will your kids be fed? For many families, a lot of them unemployed that's not an easy question to answer. The East Texas Food Bank is trying to prevent a nutrition crisis for children while they are out for the summer.
(Read more from KTYX CBS19)
Food Pantry teams up with IHOP to stamp out hunger
6/2/2011
These "First Friday" events were initially scheduled to be held over three months, as the restaurant agreed to fork over 10 percent of proceeds from the day to help the hungry in Harrison County.  Tomorrow is the first Friday in June, which also means it's the day when patrons of the local International House of Pancakes can dine and also assist in raising funds for the United Churches of Marshall Food Pantry.

(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)

Sen. Cornyn: Community Garden 'Great Example'
6/1/2011

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, hopes other counties in the state will follow the example of the East Texas Food Bank and Smith County Sheriff's Office with their community garden, he said during a visit to the site on Tuesday.  "This is a great example of what can be done around the country," Cornyn said. "It really is literally an unmet need."
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)


 

Community garden produces over 11 tons of produce annually
5/31/2011
It's the one-year anniversary of the East Texas Food Bank Community Garden. The garden was built on donated land and area farmers donate seeds for the crops.
(Read more from KLTV ABC 7)
Senator Cornyn visits East Texas
5/31/2011

U.S. Senator John Cornyn recently made several stops while touring East Texas. He visited Tyler’s East Texas Food Bank Community Garden Project in honor of its first anniversary and second harvest. He commended the innovative project and its expert coordination by community partners, including local residents who have donated land and supplies, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office for providing labor to maintain the garden, the local AgriLife County Extension Office, and the East Texas Food Bank itself for distributing the produce to needy families in 26 counties throughout eastern Texas. Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith, 12th Court of Appeals Justice Sam Griffith, and Food Bank Director Dennis Cullinane joined Cornyn on his tour.
(Read more from East Texas Review)

East Texas Food Bank receives two awards
5/7/2011
The East Texas Food Bank was honored Thursday with two national awards at the Feeding America Network Summit in Las Vegas.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Gas or Groceries?
4/25/2011

Experts say the average U.S. household will spend about 25 percent more on gas this year compared to last year.  When these gas prices started going up, some people stopped driving long distances and took closer vacations.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)

Catholic Charities helps feed East Texans
4/18/2011
Catholic Charities East Texas has chosen its long-term partner the East Texas Food Bank as recipient of a $20,000 grant made available from Catholic Charities USA.
(Read more from KTBB 92.1 FM)
Tyson Foods and Brookshires donates 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken
3/31/2011

Tyson Foods and Brookshires donated 29,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the East Texas Food Bank Thursday.  The East Texas Food Bank distributes more than 19-million pounds of food every year, and they say the number of East Texans who rely on them for food has jumped 90 percent in the last five years.
(Read more from KETK NBC 56)

A beastly bike ride
3/26/2011

It was a beastly Saturday for some bikers in East Texas. The 23rd Annual Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour took place in Bullard Saturday.  655 bikers from across the country participated in the ride. Event planners said the turnout exceeded their goal by more than 150 bikers.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

THE BACKPACK CLUB: Wylie program ensures students are fed
3/15/2011

Students at Wylie Primary School won’t have to go hungry over the weekend, thanks to a partnership with First United Methodist Church in Henderson and the East Texas Food Bank.  The Backpack Club is a pilot program at Wylie Primary to provide children with ready-to-eat food items over the weekend.
(Read more from Henderson Daily News)

FRESH welcomes its first shoppers
3/11/2011

Hundreds of smiling people gathered in Tyler Thursday morning for the grand opening celebration of FRESH by Brookshire's.  "I can't tell you how excited we are that FRESH is opening today," General Manager Steve Delello told the crowd.
(Read more from Tyler Morning-Telegraph)

Don’s TV donates 12,000 meals to the East Texas Food Bank
3/4/2011
During January, Don’s TV & Appliance donated one week’s worth of meals to the East Texas Food Bank for every TV or appliance sold. This resulted in a donation of 12,000 meals ($1,500).
(Read more from KLTV ABC 7)
Produce Wednesdays are back at PATH
3/2/2011

Needy East Texas families got the chance to get free produce thanks to PATH. It's the first time this year PATH has given away fresh produce. CBS 19's Michele Reese explains how folks got up before dawn to get in line.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)


Apache baseball team serves community
2/12/2011

On the field, they are a championship winning baseball team. Off the field, they serve the community through various organizations and activities. There is more to the Tyler Junior College baseball team than meets the eye.  One of TJC's three promises is community service, which is a vital part of what the baseball team does every semester.
(Read more from Apache Pow Wow)


Harvest Time: Smith County group teams up to feed hungry East Texans
1/29/2011

Months of work came to fruition Wednesday with the first harvest of a garden that will feed hungry East Texas residents.  The garden sits on four acres of land in southern Smith County, near Bullard, and is a collaborative project of the Smith County Sheriff's Office, East Texas Food Bank and Smith County Agricultural Extension Office.
(Read more from Sheriff Magazine)

Our View: Show your support of food pantry drive
1/25/2011

By and large food drives for any community pantry do well during the holidays. That is the time of the year when people are often even more inclined to feel compassion for their fellow man.  The problem is that after the holidays food donations drop off dramatically and there is never enough to last from the holiday drives through the entire year.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)

Two local women make it their mission to feed kids in need
1/23/2011

Glenda Alford and Jane Opell are two women on a mission -- to raise money to feed local children who may be going without.  “There’s a lot of little kids out there who need to be fed,” Alford said. “We have to make money for food.”
(Read more from Palestine Herald-Press)

Youngsters carry on Empty Bowl tradition
1/20/2011
About 1,300 Northeast Texas fourth-graders helped raise awareness of hunger with a little added "sole" as they participated in the Michelson Museum of Art's 2011 Empty Bowls event.
(Read more from Marshall News Messenger)
Beacon Federal Bank makes donation to East Texas Food Bank
1/19/2011

Beacon Federal Bank of Tyler makes a donation to the East Texas Food Bank because of their efficient, effective and compassionate approach to assisting residents within the community where Beacon Federal Bank operates and where its residents live.  Recently, Beacon Federal Bank employees presented a $2,500 donation to the East Texas Food Bank.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

"Fill the Banks" campaign kicks off
1/7/2011

Dennis Cullinane, Executive Director of the East Texas Food Bank, is helping fill the blood bank at Carter Blood Care.  "You have to walk the talk," Cullinane said. "This is a very important donation people need to make as well as to the food bank."  Cullinane is the first official donor to Fill the Banks, a drive benefiting the East Texas Food Bank and Carter Blood Care.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19)

Shine Your Light donations continue beyond deadline
1/4/2011

Although the campaign officially ended Friday, donations still are coming in for the Shine Your Light campaign. A final tally is expected Wednesday.  As of the Dec. 31 deadline, the total raised from the two-week campaign stood at $107,821, with $66,821 contributed by readers and $41,000 contributed by matching partners.
(Read more from KYTX CBS 19 & Tyler Morning Telegraph)

  Feeding Texas  BBB Accredited Charity