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September is 'Hunger Action Month'

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EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - September is Hunger Action Month and the East Texas Food Bank has many ways East Texas can get involved.

During the entire month, the East Texas Food Bank, KLTV, KTRE, Brookshire's, Super 1 Foods, Brookshire Brothers and Townsquare Media are making it easy for you to help fight hunger.

A recent study shows that over 80 thousand children right here in east Texas live at risk of hunger, and the East Texas Food Bank has seen a 90 percent increase in clients seeking food assistance.

The activity never stops at the East Texas Food Bank.

Whether loading trucks, packing food or sending food to agencies for distribution, the Food Bank is always busy.

Karolyn Davis, East Texas Food Bank Communications Director says, "Here in east Texas 1 in 4 kids, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 7 seniors are at risk of hunger, so our mission here is to ensure that children, families and seniors do not go hungry."

Nearly 200,000 East Texans, ranging from children to seniors, received emergency assistance from the East Texas Food Bank and its more than 200 partner agencies. That number has doubled from five years ago, mainly due to the turn in the economy.

19 million pounds of food was sent out just last year, and that number is projected to be even higher this year, but not just any food is sent out. The East Texas Food Bank maintains a good nutritional mix of items, such as fresh produce, potatoes, carrots, onions and tomatoes are in stock today.

Karolyn Davis, East Texas Food Bank Communications Director, "We do get a lot of the food here at the East Texas Food Bank donated but we do have to purchase a lot of food to ensure that nutritional mix. We also go down to the valley to purchase produce because we want to make sure that we have fresh produce for East Texas."

Volunteers are also a big part of getting food to the hungry. They inspect and sort donated foods from food drives.

Area churches and non-profit organizations pick-up food at the east Texas food bank and help in distributing food directly to clients where they live, allowing the Food Bank to reach as many people as possible.

It's the passion of others that keeps the East Texas Food Bank operating and moving towards a vision of a hunger-free East Texas.

Brookshire's and Super One Foods are making it easy to donate. Just pick up an extra sack of groceries at any local Brookshire's, Super One Foods, or Brookshire's Brothers to participate in the food drive.

You can also click here to make a financial donation and find out how to volunteer your time.

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