East Texas Food Bank feeding more families

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by Karolyn Davis with the East Texas Food Bank:

TYLER, TX – The East Texas Food Bank will be distributing boxes of food to East Texas families in both Tyler and Longview this month through the Summer Family Nutrition Program. The East Texas Food Bank and their volunteers will screen to determine eligibility and then distribute food to families who qualify. The distribution in Tyler is Friday, August 20th from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the East Texas Food Bank, 3201 Robertson Road and in Longview, Wednesday, August 25th Noon – 7:00 PM at Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Boulevard.

"The Summer Family Nutrition Program targets families with children who are struggling in this recession and are having difficultly providing nutritious food for their family," said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank. "In four years, the East Texas Food Bank has grown 90 percent in the number of East Texans seeking emergency food assistance, that's nearly double the national increase."

Families will receive nutritional food boxes containing pantry staples such as pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned soups, stews, and fruit, peanut butter, baking mixes and other substantial food items.

"Nearly half, 44 percent, of who the East Texas Food Bank serves are children," said Cullinane. "The Summer Family Nutrition Program will alleviate both child hunger and child obesity for East Texas families with children at risk of hunger."

Since June, the East Texas Food Bank and their partner agencies have been distributing the 46]pound boxes of nutritious food to eligible families. The Summer Family Nutrition Program is a program of the Texas Food Bank Network.

Those families who are eligible to participate are: households with legal guardianship over at least one child under 18 years of age and with an annual household income equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline; families whose children received free] or reduced]price lunch; or who receive WIC, SNAP (food stamps) and other federal programs.

The East Texas Food Bank distributes approximately 17 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.

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