The East Texas Food Bank has been feeding the hungry in East Texas since 1988. Headquartered in Tyler, the East Texas Food Bank collects donated and purchased food, which is stored in our 75,900 square-foot facility. We distribute this food to more than 200 partner agencies, located throughout a 26-county service area, and spanning nearly 20,000 square miles - from Lufkin to Texarkana, and from Athens to the Louisiana border. These food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, and other nonprofit groups then use this food to provide nourishing meals at no cost to the needy.
It’s a startling fact that, 1 in 4 kids and 1 in 5 adults are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Many mothers, like Veronica, have to make tough choices.
“There have been times in the past when my children have gone hungry, and that is the hardest thing,” said Veronica.
Veronica has five children and her husband works in construction. During the winter months, however, construction jobs slow due to the cold and rainy weather.
“It makes it difficult to pay our rent, bills and feed all the kids,” Veronica said.
“Each year, the East Texas Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 253,000 people,” said Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank.
For more information about the East Texas Food Bank and how you can help, please visit EastTexasFoodBank.org or call 903.597.3663 to give time, food or money.
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