Thanksgiving

Forklift driver Raymond Moutan works at the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

While the holidays are a time for cheer, celebration and religious observance, it is also a chance to reflect on the problem of hunger for many Southeast Texans.

Hunger and Homelessness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving, from Nov. 15-23 this year, to promote the effort to end hunger and homelessness, also affording an opportunity to examine the problem of poverty in Texas.

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Food! So much food! Leftovers from Thanksgiving can be quite overwhelming, especially when you are lying on the couch recuperating from the food coma brought on by the turkey, ham, and all the other fixings. But what’s going to happen when you are no longer stuffed from stuffing? Leftovers can be a nightmare, and turn into a boring routine for the next several days. But they don’t have to be. Fun, delicious, and some downright creative possibilities for that green bean casserole are just a click away.

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Photo from 2013 Turkey Trot

Turkey-clad joggers will run through the streets of downtown Beaumont Thanksgiving morning for the Triangle Therapeutics Turkey Trot. The race begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at the Beaumont Event Centre.

The Beaumont Turkey Trot is one of many held around the country on Thanksgiving morning. Sea Rim Striders, a local club for runners and walkers, organizes the Beaumont event every year. This year Triangle Therapeutics is the title sponsor for the second time.

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One in six Americans does not know where their next meal will come from and 48.8 million are food insecure.  In southeast Texas alone, more than 900,000 people do not have consistent access to enough nutritious food.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a catastrophic major accident on Interstate 10 (mile marker 835) near Hamshire, Texas, on Nov. 22. The accident, which happened at around 8 a.m., appears to have involved more than 150 cars in an accident scene with numerous injuries. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Jefferson County Sheriff Department deputies, and medical personnel responded to the crash scene.

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