East Texas Food Bank


The East Texas Food Bank cares about children, families and seniors who do not have enough food to eat. Everyday, we work to feed people through a variety of programs and services.



BackPack Program

Each Friday during the school year, children at-risk of going hungry over the weekend receive backpacks filled with nutritious food, so they come back ready to learn on Monday mornings.

Kids Cafe/Snack Program

Helps alleviate child hunger by providing hungry children with nutritious meals and snacks at times when other resources are not available.

Summer Food Program

Daily meals are served at community parks and centers throughout East Texas, so children have healthy, nutritious meals to eat during the summer months.

Senior Box Program

This program provides boxes of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors, many of which live in isolated, rural communities.

Senior Servings

Homebound seniors who receive meal assistance during the week, but may otherwise go hungry on the weekends, receive a nutritious bag of food for the weekend.

Mobile Pantry

Reaches out to feed hungry East Texans who live in isolated, rural communities without access to emergency food assistance.  We distribute the food directly to those in need.

Fresh Produce Program

Distributes millions of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families.

East Texas Food Bank Garden

Partnering with the Smith Count Sheriff's Office and Smith County Agricultural Extension Office to maintain and harvest two gardens of high-quality fresh produce.

Nutrition Education

This is a long-term solution to hunger, poor nutrition and obesity.  Our staff teaches cooking, nutrition and budgeting skills so families can prepare healthy, economical meals.

SNAP/Food Stamps

Helps eligible East Texans enroll in SNAP and other nutrition benefit programs that 


Career Phase:
Discharges Allowed:
  • No Minimum Discharge
Military Branch:
  • No Requirement
Programs for Family Members:
Service Counties:
  • Leon
  • Cherokee
  • Gregg
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Rains
  • Rusk
  • Smith
  • Upshur
  • Van Zandt
  • Wood
  • Angelina
  • Nacogdoches
  • Panola
  • San Augustine
  • Shelby
  • Bowie
  • Camp
  • Cass
  • Franklin
  • Marion
  • Morris
  • Red River
  • Titus
  • Anderson
  • Houston
Services Category:
  • Basic - Food
VA Disability Rating Requirement:
  • No Disability Requirement
Vet Plus:
  • No Requirement