15,000 Summer Weekend Meals Provided
to East Texas Children thanks to the
ConAgra Foods Foundation’s
Hunger‐Free Summer Program

(Tyler, Texas) October 15, 2012 – The East Texas Food Bank continued expanding its Summer
Weekend Meal Program thanks to a $20,000 gift from ConAgra Foods Foundation for their Hunger‐
Free Summer Program. This gift allowed the East Texas Food Bank to provide nearly 15,000 meals
over the weekend at twelve (12) rural Summer Food Service Program sites. The bags were given out
on Fridays to those children who participate in the Summer Food Service Program during the week
and are at‐risk of hunger on the weekends.

The bags of nutritious food were distributed at: Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County, Our Lady of
Sorrows Catholic Church, Sweet Union Apartment Complex, Benson Memorial CME Church, Zion hill
Baptist Church, Summit Heights Fellowship, Annie Simms Elementary School, E.C. Brice Elementary
School, Vivian Fowler Primary School, Washington Elementary School, Palestine YMCA, and Hawkins
Independent School District. These twelve (12) sites were chosen due to the high level of need in the
communities where they operate – underserved, rural communities where there is a high
concentration of child poverty, but a low number of feeding agencies and child hunger programs.

“Our backpack programs play a vital role in filling the weekend hunger gap for students while school
is in session.” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. “Thanks to
Conagra Foods Foundation’s Hunger‐Free Summer Program, we were able to complement our
Summer Food Program in continuing to meet the needs of children during the summer weekends.”

This is the third consecutive year that the East Texas Food Bank has received a Hunger‐Free Summer
Program grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation. In 2011, support from the ConAgra Foods
Foundation Hunger‐Free Summer Program enabled the East Texas Food Bank to provide weekend
food assistance to needy children at ten (10) Summer Food Service Program sites. In 2010, outreach
and transportation efforts at several rural Summer Food Service Program sites were supported by the
ConAgra Foods Foundation.

About ConAgra Foods Foundation
The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising
awareness of the nearly 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and don't have enough food
to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And
the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all
kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and
succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high‐
impact, not‐for‐profit organizations, such as Feeding America, that take an innovative approach to addressing
needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please
visit www.conagrafoodsfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoodsFoundation. The ConAgra Foods
Foundation is funded solely by ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG).

About East Texas Food Bank
The East Texas Food Bank distributed nearly 18 million pounds of food each year to over 200 partner agencies
in 26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger‐free East Texas and our mission is to reduce hunger by
providing food, support and education to those in need with passion and efficiency. Our purpose is to ensure
that no one in East Texas is forced to go without food. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding
America and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit www.EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us
on Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank .
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