Hunger Action Week helps feed East Texas families in need - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Hunger Action Week helps feed East Texas families in need

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's Hunger Action Week, a time to remember those who are less fortunate in our communities and collect food to restock the East Texas Food Bank's shelves.

And one Tyler woman who has used several food pantries over the last few years says you never know when you may be the one who needs the help.

Boby Nelson says she never expected she would need to use a food pantry until four years ago, when her sister died and Boby suddenly had to care for her sister's two grandkids, who are now nine and four.

"As kids we always promised each other, if I go first will you look after my children," said Nelson. "I told her, just by the grace of God, I got these babies and I have to try to feed them. And the food banks have helped us."

Nelson lives off a fixed income of less than $1,000 a month. She uses three East Texas food pantries each month to feed and clothe herself and her grandkids.

"At first I was feeling ashamed, because I've been a hard worker all my life and never had to ask for anything," she said. "But these babies needed to be fed, so I came here."

The East Texas Food Bank says over 400,000 East Texans have trouble putting food on the table at some point during the year.

"We want to make sure that when families are in those situations, that they have access to food when they need it," said Karolyn Davis, the Communications Director for the East Texas Food Bank.

And using a food pantry has shown Nelson the importance of helping others in need.

"I thank the Lord and I hope one day, one day, if I can help somebody eat, have a fan, have a mattress -- they gave me a mattress -- I would be honored to do that," she said.

You can donate to the East Texas Food Bank on Thursday, Sept. 19 by dropping off donations lat the Brookshire's on Rice Road in Tyler, the Brookshire's on Gilmer Road in Longview and the Christian Information Service Center on Angelina Street in Lufkin.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Another team in Gilmer deserves attention, Union Hill is on a roll

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:35 PM EST2017-11-22 03:35:41 GMT
    Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.Union Hill captured its first undefeated regular season since 1982.

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>

    When the town of Gilmer is mentioned in relation to sports, the Buckeyes powerhouse football program immediately comes to mind. And that's fair considering they have won three state titles and racked up 13 double digit win seasons since 2000. But a small 1A school about nine miles away deserves some attention these days as well.

    More >>
  • Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Elkhart native Jeffrey Wilson out at least next two games, possibly done for year

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:23 PM EST2017-11-22 03:23:47 GMT
    Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.Wilson celebrates after scoring a touchdown.

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>

    In other college football news, Elkhart native and North Texas running back Jeffrey Wilson scored two touchdowns and had over 70 rushing yards in UNT's win over Army on Saturday. The East Texan's senior campaign though is likely over. Wilson suffered an ankle injury in the victory and will not play against Rice or in next week's Conference USA championship game.

    More >>
  • What’s open on Thanksgiving in East Texas

    What’s open on Thanksgiving in East Texas

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:15 PM EST2017-11-22 03:15:12 GMT

    What’s opened, closed on Thanksgiving in East Texas If you plan on eating out on Thanksgiving instead of cooking up a big feast, here’s a list of restaurants that will be opened.

    More >>

    What’s opened, closed on Thanksgiving in East Texas If you plan on eating out on Thanksgiving instead of cooking up a big feast, here’s a list of restaurants that will be opened.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly