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04/07/08 - Tyler

East Texas Food Bank Receives Grant From 'Idol Gives Back'

The East Texas Food Bank announced today that it has received over $18,756.50 to combat child hunger in Harrison and Marion Counties. 

The grant will be used to provide nutritious, hot meals at six extension locations of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines' Kids Cafe Program.

The Kids Cafe program provides after-school on-site meals, nutrition education, and enrichment opportunities for children. 

These Boys & Girls Club locations were chosen due to the high child poverty rate of 22.5% - 31.6%.  It is estimated that more than 4,400 children are living in poverty in these two (2) counties, according to the U.S. Census data from 2005.

The grant was made possible by Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF), which was established to raise awareness of poverty across the United States and throughout the world.  With this mission, CPEF teamed up with FOX and "American Idol" to present "Idol Gives Back," which aired on FOX in April 2007.  "Idol Gives Back" was a two-night special which raised awareness and funds for organizations that focus on providing resources for young people in extreme poverty in the United States and Africa.   

The East Texas Food Bank received the grant as a result of its membership in America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network.  America's Second Harvest was chosen as one of four domestic charities that received funds which were raised through "Idol Give Back". 

"We are extremely grateful for this support to help us feed hungry children," says Robert L. Bush, Executive Director of the East Texas Food Bank.  "Thanks to this gift, the East Texas Food Bank will be able to provide over 7,500 meals to the children of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines."

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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