First Planting of 2013 

A Partnership with Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County  
Agricultural Extension Office and the East Texas Food Bank 
 
(Tyler, Texas) March 8, 2013 – Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Smith County Agricultural Extension 
Office and the East Texas Food Bank will begin the first planting of 2013 to help feed hungry East 
Texans.  A photo opportunity will be held at the garden, Highway 69 and County Road 149 (turn 
right on CR 149, just past Hughes Plant Farm), on Friday, March 8th at 10:30 am. 
 
This year marks the fourth year of the partnership.  Together, the Sheriff’s office and Extension Office 
are working approximately four acres of land.  Since 2010, the garden has provided more than 
111,000 pounds of fresh high‐quality produce for the East Texas Food Bank. 
 
"Growing up in a farming family, I appreciate the bounty that a garden can provide," said Smith 
County Sheriff Larry Smith. "The Sheriff's Office is very proud of the East Texas Food Bank Garden and 
the work that our employees, trustys and volunteers have put into this program.” 
 
“Fresh produce is always in high demand and this project will allow us to increase the nutritional 
value of food that we provide to the hungry,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East 
Texas Food Bank.  “We appreciate the continuing commitment of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, 
Agricultural Extension Office, Judge Sam Griffith and our many other volunteers who have given of 
their time.” 
 
 
About East Texas Food Bank 
The East Texas Food Bank provided more than 14 million meals, which is more than 16 million pounds of food, 
each year to 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties.  Our vision is for a hunger‐free East Texas and our 
mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas.  The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding 
America and the Texas Food Bank Network.  To learn more, please visit EastTexasFoodBank.org.  Find us on 
Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank
 
Contacts: 
Karolyn Davis                                                   
East Texas Food Bank                                      
903.372.2740                                              
kdavis@easttexasfoodbank.org

John Moore
Smith County Sheriff's Office
903.590.2671
jmoore@smith-county.com 

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