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Hunger Action Week helps feed East Texas families in need

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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.

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