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Brookshire's breaks world record at East Texas Food Bank

“Eye of the Tiger” played over the sounds of a cheering crowd and the beeping boom lift that elevated executives to the top of a record-breaking canned food pyramid.
Clad in safety harnesses, Brad Brookshire, chairman and chief executive officer of Brookshire Grocery Co., and Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank, reached the top of the pyramid and gently placed last few cans atop the towering structure.
It was three days in the making and they believe it will be record breaking.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

East Texas Food Bank, Brookshire's to break world record

Brookshire’s is aiming to land its name in the Guinness Book of World Records by building the world’s largest canned food pyramid. Community volunteers will use 36,000 cans to assemble the 12-foot-tall pyramid, with a 17-by-17 foot base.
The project is aimed to help raise awareness about hunger in East Texas. 1 in 4 children and 1 in 5 adults in East Texas do not know where their next meal is coming from. Afterward, the cans will be donated to the East Texas Food Bank, providing more than 30,000 meals to those in need throughout 26 counties the ETFB serves.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

1 in 5 children going hungry in East Texas

The East Texas Food Bank says hunger is a problem a lot closer to home than most think.
"If we're going to take a step closer to solving the problems of hunger and poverty in America and East Texas, then our children and people need to have a foundation they need for good health and that's a nutritious diet," Dennis Cullinane, CEO, said.
The food bank is responsible for filling more than 200 food pantries around East Texas. They say the demand seems to grow more and more with every new year, now having close to 75,000 children in East Texas food insecure.
(Read and watch this story from KETK)

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to fling a disc
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is inviting players of all levels to fling a disc for the East Texas Food Bank during the 2015 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21. The event will be held at Lindsey Park located at 12557 Spur 364 W.  Registration forms are available at the Parks Department office at 2000 W. Front St. or online at www.TylerParksandRec.com under the blue “Events and Programs” tab.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 per player for participants 18 years of age and older. For participants ages 17 and younger, the fee is $15 per player. A player package is provided for each participant. Tee time is 10 a.m.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Brown baggers filling needs
While most everyone else was at home in front of a warm fire on Saturday, 40 family and friends from Brown Elementary spent their day working for others.
Brown Elementary PTO planned a “Family and Friends Work Day” at the East Texas Food Bank and the turnout was great.
Keeping things fun and friendly warmed up the cold building.
“We are all working together and there is competition and camaraderie and we are laughing and talking and all the ages groups are working together, on whatever task them give us to do that day,” Principal Valencia Ray said.  
The group was extremely productive. They filled 3,432 bags of rice which prepares 2,860 meals and packed 143 boxes of their bagged rice. This raised the maximum allowed for the month of $150 toward the school’s BackPack program.
(Read more from Tri County Leader)
Shine Your Light total tops $170K; will benefit 10 local nonprofits
The ninth annual Shine Your Light Community Campaign raised more than $170,000 for 10 local nonprofits.
This year’s campaign, which ran from Dec. 14-31, produced the fourth highest total in the nine years since the campaign started.
The contributions will support People Attempting To Help (PATH); The Mentoring Alliance – Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas; Samaritan Counseling Center; Meals On Wheels Ministry; Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); East Texas Food Bank; Bethesda Health Clinic; The Salvation Army; and Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.
(Read more from Tyler Morning Telegraph)

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