The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 21, 2010

Food bank to distribute food Wednesday

PALESTINE — The East Texas Food Bank will be distributing boxes of food to families in Palestine Wednesday through the Summer Family Nutrition Program.

The East Texas Food Bank and its volunteers will screen families to determine eligibility and then distribute food to those who qualify.

The distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Palestine Civic Center, 1819 W. Spring Street.

“The Summer Family Nutrition Program targets families with children who are struggling in this recession and are having difficulty 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, fruit, peanut butter, baking mixes and other substantial food items.

“Nearly half, 44 percent, of who the East Texas Food Bank serves are children,” Cullinane said. “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 its 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 last one child under 18 years of age 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. 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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