East Texas Food Bank kicks off summer food program for kids
Published: Jun. 6, 2023 at 6:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2023 at 9:55 PM CDT
“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 2022, they fed 2,280 children; this summer, they expect to feed around 3,400.
“If we can reduce the jail population, that’s great,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner John Moore. “But it needs to be balanced with public safety to make sure if they are released, that it was the right move to make.”
Ocean Restaurant has been open for around two-and-a-half years. Before the construction they saw around 50 customers a day and now they get around 10.
The owner, Estela Cedillo, has to work outside jobs to keep the doors open.
“It allows your local, state, and federal jurisdictions to get information out quickly to the masses. So, if there is any large scale disaster, I mean even if we had one in Smith County we could send one out,” said Smith County Emergency Management coordinator Brandon Moore.
Moore said the test is similar to the local alert tests we receive monthly, but on a national scale.