(KYTX) - Tyler Pipe donates $10,000 to support the East Texas Food Bank's Backpack Program.
The Backpack Program provides weekend meals to children in Tyler ISD who participate in school meal programs during the week, but face hunger on weekends.
This summer, the East Texas Food Bank served 140,000 meals at 60 sites across East Texas.
"It's really important that we ensure they have the proper nutrition, when they're in school especially, so they're able to get in there and learn perform well with their studies."
Last school year, the East Texas Food Bank operated the Backpack Program at all 18 elementary campuses in Tyler.
Thirty thousand backpacks were handed out to more than 1,000 children.