How we make a difference

We will increase the awareness of food insecurity within Smith County.

Our goal is to reduce the stigma associated with food insecurity. By providing useful resources and information on our website and Facebook page, we can educate the community about hunger. We will map current food resources based on geography and hours to identify gaps. We will also be expanding the ETFB Roadshow Pop-Up program to bring in resources to areas in Smith County with the greatest need. In addition, we plan to develop a toolkit for local businesses and food pantries to better understand food insecurity.

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We host community-wide events for each of our five workgroups. Below are the COMMUNITY AWARENESS & ADVOCACY events. You can find all SCFSC events here.

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Join us to debrief on the August 13th Roadshow and begin planning for our next roadshow.

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Join this subgroup of the Community Awareness and Advocacy group to review the efforts at our August Roadshow and begin plans for the next Roadshow.

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Join us for a discussion about how hunger impacts our community and how we can work together towards a solution.

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Help us plan for our upcoming produce drop and community resource roadshow

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What's new

Want to know what we've been up to with our COMMUNITY AWARENESS & ADVOCACY workgroup? Check out the short updates below to get inspired and take action.

Hundreds of families came out to a new event offering free healthy produce and information about community resources. The Smith County Food Security Council and the East Texas Food Bank teamed up to put on the first “Produce Drop and Community Resource Roadshow” at New Days Community Church on Tuesday.

The SCFSC held our first Produce Drop and Community Resource Roadshow on August 13, 2019. The East Texas Food Bank provided produce for 893 families and 8 local organizations connected community members to needed healthcare services.

Meet the COMMUNITY AWARENESS & ADVOCACY Team...

...working together to end hunger in Smith County

Celeste Fisher

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Community Awareness & Advocacy

Celeste is a registered nurse, a graduate student in public health, and a passionate advocate for the poor and underserved. She is an accomplished nurse leader with over 15 years of experience managing interdisciplinary teams in home health, hospice, clinic, and long-term care settings. She currently serves as an Ambulatory Care Nurse Manager at Christus Trinity Clinic.  In addition to serving on the Smith County Food Security Council, Celeste serves on the East Texas HIV/AIDS Coalition, and the East Texas Youth Orchestra board of directors.

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Tim Butler

Leadership Team Member

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Co-Chair, Community Awareness & Advocacy

Tim joined the East Texas Food Bank in August 2012 as the Volunteer Coordinator, coming from a management position at FRESH by Brookshire’s. He has since worked in the Child Hunger Programs Department, and moved into his current role as the Programs Services Director in 2017.

From an early age Tim has been involved in missions across the globe. He has a strong desire to help people in need, and is grateful to be part of an organization that makes such a big difference in the community. Tim earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.


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