The East Texas Food Bank cares about children, families, and seniors who do not have enough food to eat. Every day, the Food Bank works to feed people through a variety of programs and services. As the president of the organization’s Board of Directors, Ann Howell is encouraging all East Texans to support the Food Bank through monetary donations, by volunteering with the agency, or by donating food directly to the Food Bank or to a local food drive.
“The East Texas Food Bank strives every day to feed hungry people through over 200 partner agencies in 26 counties,” Mrs. Howell said. “In addition to our partner agencies, programs such as the BackPack Program, Kids Café, the Summer Food Service Program, and Senior Servings allow additional opportunities to touch the lives of those who are at risk of going hungry. The thought of someone going hungry, especially a child, is so disturbing.”
The mission of the East Texas Food Bank is to reduce hunger by providing food, support, and education to those in need, and they do that with passion and efficiency.
“I’m proud to be a part of such a great organization that does make a difference in our communities,” Mrs. Howell said.
Outside of her service to the East Texas Food Bank, Mrs. Howell serves as chairman of the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Task Force for Leadership Tyler. She is a former board president for that organization. Mrs. Howell is also a member of the City of Tyler Reinvestment Zone Committee.
“My philosophy of volunteerism is simple, everyday find a way! You can volunteer your financial support, use your talents, or roll up your sleeves and do some manual labor. It all works to help those in need,” Mrs. Howell said.
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs. Howell has lived in Tyler for 33 years. She and her husband, Gary, have been married 25 years and are the parents of four adult children. Mrs. Howell is a graduate of McRae High School in McRae, Arkansas. She attended Hendrix College and the University of Central Arkansas, both located in Conway, Arkansas, and The University of Texas at Tyler. The Howells are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
“I’ve heard many times that Tyler is the largest small town in which you will ever live. As Tyler has grown over the years, one thing never changes, the caring and giving people who want to help others. Volunteering is one of the best ways to give back to your community. I feel blessed to be able to call Tyler my home,” Mrs. Howell said.
For more information about the East Texas Food Bank or about current food drives in your area, please visit www.easttexasfoodbank.org.