TYLER, Texas (KETK) – “Unity in the community,” that was the big take away Friday after East Texans were honored, for helping people who need it the most.

On Friday, the East Texas Food Bank gave out their third annual “Hunger Heroes Awards”.

The recipients were Carroll Greenwaldt, the Junior League of Tyler, American State Bank, and Christus Good Shepherd Health System.

Carroll Greenwaldt has been instrumental with the Longview Mobile Pantry Program with organizing volunteers for the monthly distribution. The Junior League of Tyler has supported the non-profit for 32 years by providing grants and volunteers. American State Bank provided free office space to ETFB for eight months while the administration building has been undergoing renovations. Christus supported the new Longview Resource Center, scheduled to open in the spring of 2023.

“We couldn’t do the work that we do in East Texas without our donors and agencies and partners. The East Texas Food Bank is a conduit for all of that kindness and we pass through those donations and the efforts that people see wanting to help their fellow community citizens. And we just make that possible.”

Dennis Cullinane, East Texas Food Bank CEO

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study, 1 in 6 East Texans including 1 in 4
children are hungry. This amounts to 204,040 adults including 70,560 children.

September is Hunger Action Month and the mayor of Tyler, Don Warren sent the East Texas Food Bank a proclamation to encourage everyone to support this endeavor.

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