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East Texas Food Bank begins Free Summer Food Program 

Tyler – The East Texas Food Bank kicks off the free Summer Food Program on Tuesday, June 6  at 34 East Texas locations so children will not go hungry during the summer break.  

“The Summer Food Program began in 2005 to fill the meal gap left when the school year ends  and children lose access to free and reduced-price meals they depend on for nourishment,”  said Dennis Cullinane, East Texas Food Bank CEO.  

In Tyler, the Summer Food Program will kick-off at the Glass Recreation Center at 501 W. 32nd street with a special celebration of free activities from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and a meal being offered  at noon. Activities include: face painting, a petting zoo, a clown, games and free Kona Ice and  Andy’s frozen custard.  

In 2022, the East Texas Food Bank served 32,791 meals to 2,280 children throughout East  Texas. This summer, ETFB is expected to serve 50,000 meals to over 3,400 children.  

The meals are provided at various community sites Monday-Friday. There is no need to register.  The program is for children 18 and younger. Some locations offer breakfast and lunch but all offer lunch. Meals are eaten at the location. Typical breakfast menus are cereal, juice, milk or  breakfast bars while lunch includes wraps, wedges, sandwiches with deli meat, pizza  lunchables, fresh fruit and chocolate milk.  

Besides the meal, some of the locations at parks, churches and libraries offer other free  activities for children. Check with the Summer Food Program you plan to visit for more  information. 

ETFB also provides food at various campuses for kids enrolled in summer school but these are  not open to the public.  

For the full list of locations and serving times visit or by  calling 903-597-3663. 

About the East Texas Food Bank 

Established in 1988, the East Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief nonprofit in East  Texas covering 26 counties. ETFB provides over 27 million meals each year to 200 partner  agencies and feeding programs. Our mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. For  more information, visit 


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