East Texas Food Bank's
Summer Food Program Requests Help
(Tyler, Texas) March 13, 2017 – The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program is just around thecorner; however, with the recent announcement of budget and staffing cuts by the City of Tyler, the access and quality of the program is at risk. Last year’s Summer Food Program provided free nutritious meals to children ages 1 to 18 at 18 sites in Tyler and over 70 sites throughout East Texas.When school is out for summer the Summer Food Program fills the hunger gap left by the missed freeand reduced school breakfasts and lunch meals while providing nutrition education along with fun recreational activities. The East Texas Food Bank can continue to provide the meals, but is reaching out to our neighbors for help in providing the supervision, meal service, and activities for at risk children at three city park locations - City Park, Pollard Park and Emmett Scott Park.
“Up until this year, we enjoyed a wonderful partnership in these parks where the City staff provided supervision and recreational activities and the East Texas Food Bank provided the meals to our low income families,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank. “Child food insecurity rates are at an alarming level for our children in East Texas. Our Summer Food Program fills that gap andworks to ensure that our kids continue to receive meals that they would miss at school and while striving to provide some fun, exercise and educational activities.”
We are asking for the support of our community by providing volunteers, who can help serve meals and facilitate fun activities such as jump rope, hacky sack games, reading, or journaling healthy food and exercise habits.
If you, your church, or organization would like to help, please call Tim Butler, Child Hunger Programs Coordinator, at the East Texas Food Bank at 903-617-2046 or email email@example.com