January 16, 2017
by Alicia Farhat

Brighter Bites Delivers Nearly 2 Million Lbs. of Produce in 2016

January 16, 2017
by Alicia Farhat

NTFB Operations Staff

2016 was the busiest year yet for the Brighter Bites team in Dallas! Over the course of the entire year, we distributed nearly 2,000,000 pounds of produce to almost 8,000 families in need.

With such a productive year, we could not be prouder of our team or more grateful for the support we have received from each school and summer camp we served this year. The parent and community volunteers, faculty, and administration at all of our sites have embraced our mission to create communities of health in Dallas and consistently work to help us achieve our goals at their sites. I, along with Program Coordinators Jacqueline Noyola, Magaly Solis, and Catherine Miller and Program Associates Meredith Spence, Jamie Carrillo, Dallas Ruggieri, Maryann Aguinaga, and Stephanie Wells, truly appreciate all the volunteers and their enthusiasm for Brighter Bites.

Our programming would also not be possible without the unwavering support of the operations staff at NTFB. The warehouse, transportation, and procurement teams at NTFB work in tandem with Brighter Bites Dallas to ensure that families receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every week that we provide programming. We cannot thank them enough for their partnership. Vince Rhinehart, Marcus Moss, Jerrye Hall, and Joe Crawford, among many other NTFB team members, are the people who help to ensure there is a steady supply of produce arriving at our schools and summer camps all year long.

Finally, we want to thank FreshPoint Dallas for organizing produce donations from various suppliers this fall semester, and to everyone else who has donated their time and resources to ensure the success of Brighter Bites in Dallas.

Your support of our mission is a testament to the success of Brighter Bites!


As a partner program of the North Texas Food Bank, Brighter Bites mission is to create communities of health through fresh food. Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to kids, while also teaching them how to make healthier food choices. Each week during the 24-week program, qualified students take home 30 pounds of fresh produce from school, along with a healthy helping of in-class lessons and parent educational materials to get the whole family involved in healthier eating habits.

NTFB Operations Staff

2016 was the busiest year yet for the Brighter Bites team in Dallas! Over the course of the entire year, we distributed nearly 2,000,000 pounds of produce to almost 8,000 families in need.

With such a productive year, we could not be prouder of our team or more grateful for the support we have received from each school and summer camp we served this year. The parent and community volunteers, faculty, and administration at all of our sites have embraced our mission to create communities of health in Dallas and consistently work to help us achieve our goals at their sites. I, along with Program Coordinators Jacqueline Noyola, Magaly Solis, and Catherine Miller and Program Associates Meredith Spence, Jamie Carrillo, Dallas Ruggieri, Maryann Aguinaga, and Stephanie Wells, truly appreciate all the volunteers and their enthusiasm for Brighter Bites.

Our programming would also not be possible without the unwavering support of the operations staff at NTFB. The warehouse, transportation, and procurement teams at NTFB work in tandem with Brighter Bites Dallas to ensure that families receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every week that we provide programming. We cannot thank them enough for their partnership. Vince Rhinehart, Marcus Moss, Jerrye Hall, and Joe Crawford, among many other NTFB team members, are the people who help to ensure there is a steady supply of produce arriving at our schools and summer camps all year long.

Finally, we want to thank FreshPoint Dallas for organizing produce donations from various suppliers this fall semester, and to everyone else who has donated their time and resources to ensure the success of Brighter Bites in Dallas.

Your support of our mission is a testament to the success of Brighter Bites!


As a partner program of the North Texas Food Bank, Brighter Bites mission is to create communities of health through fresh food. Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to kids, while also teaching them how to make healthier food choices. Each week during the 24-week program, qualified students take home 30 pounds of fresh produce from school, along with a healthy helping of in-class lessons and parent educational materials to get the whole family involved in healthier eating habits.


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December 31, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Some of our favorite moments of 2016

December 31, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, 2016 was a great year for fighting hunger!

Here are just a few of our favorite moments! Let us know what you would add to this list or which of these is your favorite!

Happy New Year from Team NTFB!

Our second Mobile Pantry hits the road

 

Bruce Springsteen mentions NTFB

 

Awesome events help us fight hunger

Empty Bowls, Taste of the NFL, and Harvest all continue being fun events that help us raise major funds for fighting hunger. (Make sure to check out ntfb.org/events to stay tuned for future events.)

And we’re off! Empty Bowls 2016 is a hit! #ntfbbowls

A video posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

   

#NTFBharvest has begun! We 💓 that everyone is here to help #fighthunger in North Texas!!! A photo posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

 

 

Sharing Life opens as our newest hub

 

 

Safety Video hilariously hits the airwaves and helps us keep our volunteers safe

 

 

North Texas turns orange for Hunger Action Month

   

Long-time staff honored with a Handprint Ceremony

 

 

 

Top NTFB Supporters Honored at the Golden Fork Awards

 

 

Couple who met at NTFB weds!

 

Bank of America & Dallas Cowboys Family continue a tradition


 

Don’t forget to help us close out 2016 strong by making a donation today! Thanks to generous matching donors, any amount you give can double today: ntfb.org/donate

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, 2016 was a great year for fighting hunger!

Here are just a few of our favorite moments! Let us know what you would add to this list or which of these is your favorite!

Happy New Year from Team NTFB!

Our second Mobile Pantry hits the road

 

Bruce Springsteen mentions NTFB

 

Awesome events help us fight hunger

Empty Bowls, Taste of the NFL, and Harvest all continue being fun events that help us raise major funds for fighting hunger. (Make sure to check out ntfb.org/events to stay tuned for future events.)

And we’re off! Empty Bowls 2016 is a hit! #ntfbbowls

A video posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

   

#NTFBharvest has begun! We 💓 that everyone is here to help #fighthunger in North Texas!!! A photo posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

 

 

Sharing Life opens as our newest hub

 

 

Safety Video hilariously hits the airwaves and helps us keep our volunteers safe

 

 

North Texas turns orange for Hunger Action Month

   

Long-time staff honored with a Handprint Ceremony

 

 

 

Top NTFB Supporters Honored at the Golden Fork Awards

 

 

Couple who met at NTFB weds!

 

Bank of America & Dallas Cowboys Family continue a tradition


 

Don’t forget to help us close out 2016 strong by making a donation today! Thanks to generous matching donors, any amount you give can double today: ntfb.org/donate


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November 30, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Two School Districts Working to Fight Hunger

November 30, 2016
by Diana Carranza
HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

At NTFB, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is the many students and youth who join us in the fight against hunger during this time of year. From donating their birthday earnings to NTFB, to taking time to volunteer in our warehouse, so many youth in North Texas are doing their part to help those in need in their community during this season and we love it!

For the past several years, two communities in our service area have taken our mission district-wide; By rallying students in several schools within their district, both Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD have been able to make an even bigger impact for hungry children, families and seniors during this critical time of the year and beyond! We are so grateful for the school districts’ commitment to not only fighting hunger in the near term, but by teaching students about this important issue, helping us work towards a hunger-free community in our future!

Their results this holiday season are outstanding:

Highland Park ISD Scots 4 Turkeys Drive

Hyer Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park High School worked together to collect more than 1,500 pounds of shelf-stable trimmings to pair with Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, and raised an additional $4,235 in monetary donations which allowed for the purchase of 211 turkeys!

Read what one of the great teachers who helps to lead their efforts has to say about why they participate in the drive:

“I think it is important for us to share and to help others who need our support.  I hope all the families who do not have food will be able to feed their families over the holidays.”

-Margaret Henderson, McCulloch Intermediate School, 6th Grade

 

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Coppell ISD student collecting cans for their Family Feast Drive

Coppell ISD Family Feast Drive 

All 16 schools in Coppell ISD came together to collect nearly 12,400 pounds of shelf-stable food and $13,708 in online donations! In total, that will provide access to 51,454 meals this holiday season. We are in awe of their hard work to get everyone in their community involved in putting food on the table for families in need!

 

 

We can’t fully express just how appreciative we are of Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD for all they are doing to help us fight hunger in North Texas now and in the future! 

 

 

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

At NTFB, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is the many students and youth who join us in the fight against hunger during this time of year. From donating their birthday earnings to NTFB, to taking time to volunteer in our warehouse, so many youth in North Texas are doing their part to help those in need in their community during this season and we love it!

For the past several years, two communities in our service area have taken our mission district-wide; By rallying students in several schools within their district, both Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD have been able to make an even bigger impact for hungry children, families and seniors during this critical time of the year and beyond! We are so grateful for the school districts’ commitment to not only fighting hunger in the near term, but by teaching students about this important issue, helping us work towards a hunger-free community in our future!

Their results this holiday season are outstanding:

Highland Park ISD Scots 4 Turkeys Drive

Hyer Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park High School worked together to collect more than 1,500 pounds of shelf-stable trimmings to pair with Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, and raised an additional $4,235 in monetary donations which allowed for the purchase of 211 turkeys!

Read what one of the great teachers who helps to lead their efforts has to say about why they participate in the drive:

“I think it is important for us to share and to help others who need our support.  I hope all the families who do not have food will be able to feed their families over the holidays.”

-Margaret Henderson, McCulloch Intermediate School, 6th Grade

 

15129447_1471765946171843_6499885435830796750_o

Coppell ISD student collecting cans for their Family Feast Drive

Coppell ISD Family Feast Drive 

All 16 schools in Coppell ISD came together to collect nearly 12,400 pounds of shelf-stable food and $13,708 in online donations! In total, that will provide access to 51,454 meals this holiday season. We are in awe of their hard work to get everyone in their community involved in putting food on the table for families in need!

 

 

We can’t fully express just how appreciative we are of Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD for all they are doing to help us fight hunger in North Texas now and in the future! 

 

 


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November 05, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to Fight Hunger this November

November 05, 2016
by Diana Carranza

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We’re excited that November brings with it so many great things to do in Dallas to get involved in the fight against hunger! This month’s list includes one of our favorite annual traditions, A Christmas Carol, with our friends at the Dallas Theater Center! Before we get to the list, we can’t help but point out that Dallas Theater Center was one of several organizations and individuals that received a 2016 Golden Fork Award earlier this week for their commitment in helping ensure food is on the table for everyone in North Texas. Their work has allowed us to provide access to more than 1.6 million meals over the past several years of our partnership!! This is just one of the many reasons A Christmas Carol has become a “must-see” holiday performance if you live in the Dallas area! Check it out Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 (more info below!).

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Give Back Campaign, Nov. 4-6
— Shop at your local DFW T.J.Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store from November 4-6 and donate at the register to support the North Texas Food Bank! 100% of the dollars raised at register will go directly to our organization!

Pairings on the Parkway – Nov. 6 — Get your Pairings on The Parkway Passport and join us on a trip through Village on the Parkway and enjoy delectable tastings of specialty cuisine and beverages! A portions of the proceeds will be donated to NTFB! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Opera Performances – Nov. 13 & Nov. 19 — Help support the North Texas Food Bank at the Dallas Opera. Enjoy a family performance (‘Verdi and Company’ Nov. 13 & ‘Bastien and Bastienne’ Nov. 19) for FREE! Simply bring two requested items during select performances and receive a free ticket. Requested items include canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers and granola bars. Visit dallasopera.org/family for more information.

NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball – Nov. 18 — NTX Beer Week welcomes you to the 3rd Annual Brewer’s Ball! This signature event offers a unique, one of a kind chance to rub elbows with some of craft beer’s elite while enjoying bites from some of the area’s best beer-centric restaurants. A founder, owner, and/or brewmaster from each brewery will be present and only 500 tickets are available, making this an intimate event you won’t want to miss. This event will include a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting NTFB. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol – Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 — Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ “must-see” Holiday tradition. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org

Stay up to date on other events benefiting NTFB at ntfb.org/events.

adobestock_11349718
We’re excited that November brings with it so many great things to do in Dallas to get involved in the fight against hunger! This month’s list includes one of our favorite annual traditions, A Christmas Carol, with our friends at the Dallas Theater Center! Before we get to the list, we can’t help but point out that Dallas Theater Center was one of several organizations and individuals that received a 2016 Golden Fork Award earlier this week for their commitment in helping ensure food is on the table for everyone in North Texas. Their work has allowed us to provide access to more than 1.6 million meals over the past several years of our partnership!! This is just one of the many reasons A Christmas Carol has become a “must-see” holiday performance if you live in the Dallas area! Check it out Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 (more info below!).

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Give Back Campaign, Nov. 4-6
— Shop at your local DFW T.J.Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store from November 4-6 and donate at the register to support the North Texas Food Bank! 100% of the dollars raised at register will go directly to our organization!

Pairings on the Parkway – Nov. 6 — Get your Pairings on The Parkway Passport and join us on a trip through Village on the Parkway and enjoy delectable tastings of specialty cuisine and beverages! A portions of the proceeds will be donated to NTFB! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Opera Performances – Nov. 13 & Nov. 19 — Help support the North Texas Food Bank at the Dallas Opera. Enjoy a family performance (‘Verdi and Company’ Nov. 13 & ‘Bastien and Bastienne’ Nov. 19) for FREE! Simply bring two requested items during select performances and receive a free ticket. Requested items include canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers and granola bars. Visit dallasopera.org/family for more information.

NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball – Nov. 18 — NTX Beer Week welcomes you to the 3rd Annual Brewer’s Ball! This signature event offers a unique, one of a kind chance to rub elbows with some of craft beer’s elite while enjoying bites from some of the area’s best beer-centric restaurants. A founder, owner, and/or brewmaster from each brewery will be present and only 500 tickets are available, making this an intimate event you won’t want to miss. This event will include a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting NTFB. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol – Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 — Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ “must-see” Holiday tradition. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org

Stay up to date on other events benefiting NTFB at ntfb.org/events.


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October 17, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Because of You, A Single Mom Has Hope

October 17, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

ae-for-blogEvery day, caring friends like you make an enormous impact in the lives of our hungry neighbors. Andrea’s story is just one example of how your gifts help families escape hunger.

For some single parents, it can be a challenge to provide for all their family’s needs. Andrea knows this firsthand as she works to raise her 2-year-old daughter, Nicole. Although Andrea has a job as a cashier, the money she makes isn’t enough to cover most of her family’s expenses — especially food and other items for her growing toddler.

If it weren’t for the help she has received from Seven Loaves Food Pantry at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Plano, Andrea would still be struggling today. Because of your generosity, her first visit to the pantry — and each one after that — ended with her being able to take home enough food to supplement her hourly income.

“It makes my life a little easier,” Andrea says, explaining what your gifts mean to her and her family.

In addition to the food she receives at Seven Loaves, Andrea can pick up another item no parent of a toddler can do without — diapers. As she struggles to keep up with rent, utilities and other essentials, this is one of the many regular expenses that’s often out of her budget.

Because the need is so great, especially in suburban cities like Plano, your generosity is truly appreciated.

“I appreciate all the help you give,” Andrea adds. “You help all the people that really need food.”

Give Now

ae-for-blogEvery day, caring friends like you make an enormous impact in the lives of our hungry neighbors. Andrea’s story is just one example of how your gifts help families escape hunger.

For some single parents, it can be a challenge to provide for all their family’s needs. Andrea knows this firsthand as she works to raise her 2-year-old daughter, Nicole. Although Andrea has a job as a cashier, the money she makes isn’t enough to cover most of her family’s expenses — especially food and other items for her growing toddler.

If it weren’t for the help she has received from Seven Loaves Food Pantry at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Plano, Andrea would still be struggling today. Because of your generosity, her first visit to the pantry — and each one after that — ended with her being able to take home enough food to supplement her hourly income.

“It makes my life a little easier,” Andrea says, explaining what your gifts mean to her and her family.

In addition to the food she receives at Seven Loaves, Andrea can pick up another item no parent of a toddler can do without — diapers. As she struggles to keep up with rent, utilities and other essentials, this is one of the many regular expenses that’s often out of her budget.

Because the need is so great, especially in suburban cities like Plano, your generosity is truly appreciated.

“I appreciate all the help you give,” Andrea adds. “You help all the people that really need food.”

Give Now


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October 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thank You for Helping Families in Need

October 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

sv-photo-for-blogSonia and her husband, Arturo, are doing the best they can to raise their three children — Melany, Misty and Cesar. But until recently, the couple had been frustrated that they couldn’t provide even simple, affordable meals for their family.

Because their youngest child, Melany, is still too young for school, Sonia cares for her full-time. Childcare costs are more than she’d be able to make outside the home right now. Arturo works at a local restaurant to provide for his family, but his income sometimes can’t stretch to afford all their bills plus a trip to the grocery story.

Fortunately, one day the older kids’ school — Sam Houston Elementary — sent home a flyer advertising the school’s new pantry program. This resource, made available through your gifts to the North Texas Food Bank, connects families like Sonia and Arturo’s with a supplement for their tight food budget.

“Sometimes we don’t have enough — this is a great help,” Sonia says of the new pantry.

Each month the School Pantryprogram distributes healthy foods, including some of Misty and Cesar’s favorites — apples and corn. These and many more items are available to families in need, all because you choose to give.

Sonia knows her kids need plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and succeed in school. She’s seen how her kids are when they don’t have enough to eat, and it’s so comforting for her to know someone like you cares enough to help.

“Thank you,” she says. “We enjoy everything we get!”

Give Now

sv-photo-for-blogSonia and her husband, Arturo, are doing the best they can to raise their three children — Melany, Misty and Cesar. But until recently, the couple had been frustrated that they couldn’t provide even simple, affordable meals for their family.

Because their youngest child, Melany, is still too young for school, Sonia cares for her full-time. Childcare costs are more than she’d be able to make outside the home right now. Arturo works at a local restaurant to provide for his family, but his income sometimes can’t stretch to afford all their bills plus a trip to the grocery story.

Fortunately, one day the older kids’ school — Sam Houston Elementary — sent home a flyer advertising the school’s new pantry program. This resource, made available through your gifts to the North Texas Food Bank, connects families like Sonia and Arturo’s with a supplement for their tight food budget.

“Sometimes we don’t have enough — this is a great help,” Sonia says of the new pantry.

Each month the School Pantryprogram distributes healthy foods, including some of Misty and Cesar’s favorites — apples and corn. These and many more items are available to families in need, all because you choose to give.

Sonia knows her kids need plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and succeed in school. She’s seen how her kids are when they don’t have enough to eat, and it’s so comforting for her to know someone like you cares enough to help.

“Thank you,” she says. “We enjoy everything we get!”

Give Now


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September 08, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Florence Doswell’s Legacy of Hunger Relief Lives On

September 08, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

The Doswell Foundation, founded in 2008 by Florence A. Doswell, is a million meal contributor to the North Texas Food Bank, having contributed sufficient funds to provide over one million meals to needy families across North Texas.


ntfb-aug-nl-photo046After many years as a successful businesswoman, Florence Doswell decided it was time to serve others more directly. She started out by making gifts to universities and healthcare providers, but when the economy collapsed in 2009, she began to focus on helping meet basic human needs — like food.

Florence learned about hardworking families across our community struggling to survive and was determined to help. Working through her foundation, she began searching for organizations that could do the most good for families in need. She found a solution in the North Texas Food Bank.

After touring the distribution center of the NTFB, Florence was convinced that the organization was a nonprofit with the ability to create lasting change during a time of great crisis. Deeply impressed by its efficiency, her foundation began providing grants to help ensure more North Texas children and families had enough to eat.

Florence passed away in 2012. However, her legacy of thoughtful giving continues through the Doswell Foundation, which helps provide the nutritious meals that our hungry neighbors need.

This year, for example, the Foundation provided a generous grant of $75,000 for a new program aimed at fighting hunger — the Summer Breakfast Program for Children. Through a partnership with Twelve Oaks Catering, meals are delivered to feeding sites across North Texas. Roughly 825 children received nutritious breakfasts this summer.

We wish to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the. Doswell Foundation. Your generosity is ensuring that more children in our community have the healthy food they need to thrive.

Give Now

The Doswell Foundation, founded in 2008 by Florence A. Doswell, is a million meal contributor to the North Texas Food Bank, having contributed sufficient funds to provide over one million meals to needy families across North Texas.


ntfb-aug-nl-photo046After many years as a successful businesswoman, Florence Doswell decided it was time to serve others more directly. She started out by making gifts to universities and healthcare providers, but when the economy collapsed in 2009, she began to focus on helping meet basic human needs — like food.

Florence learned about hardworking families across our community struggling to survive and was determined to help. Working through her foundation, she began searching for organizations that could do the most good for families in need. She found a solution in the North Texas Food Bank.

After touring the distribution center of the NTFB, Florence was convinced that the organization was a nonprofit with the ability to create lasting change during a time of great crisis. Deeply impressed by its efficiency, her foundation began providing grants to help ensure more North Texas children and families had enough to eat.

Florence passed away in 2012. However, her legacy of thoughtful giving continues through the Doswell Foundation, which helps provide the nutritious meals that our hungry neighbors need.

This year, for example, the Foundation provided a generous grant of $75,000 for a new program aimed at fighting hunger — the Summer Breakfast Program for Children. Through a partnership with Twelve Oaks Catering, meals are delivered to feeding sites across North Texas. Roughly 825 children received nutritious breakfasts this summer.

We wish to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the. Doswell Foundation. Your generosity is ensuring that more children in our community have the healthy food they need to thrive.

Give Now


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September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

You Give Boyd Elementary Students Hope

September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

marisol-puterbaughMarisol Puterbaugh, social worker and care coordinator at Boyd Elementary in Allen works with families to ensure every student at the school is able to reach their full potential. She first began fighting hunger about four years ago as a Spanish language interpreter for the parents whose kids had enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program.

Provided in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, and funded by your generous gifts, the Food 4 Kids program connects girls and boys with vital nourishment. Participating children receive a backpack filled with food for the weekend, every Friday during the school year. The items distributed help as many as 50 struggling families feed their kids when they’re not at school.

Several students’ stories have stayed with Marisol over the years, including one about a little girl named Tamyra.*

Tamyra was getting ready to head home one Friday afternoon. She was excited to have her backpack full of food because her mom works during the day most Saturdays and Sundays. Before she began receiving help through Food 4 Kids, there were times when the only thing she had to eat at home was a single olive. Heartbreaking as her story is, Tamyra isn’t alone.

“A lot of the parents work, but they just don’t have extra money for food,” Marisol explains.

Knowing friends like you support hunger-fighting programs like Food 4 Kids puts service providers like Marisol at ease. She says it’s inspiring to be a part of something that helps so many students.

“Thank you,” she says. “I know this seems like it’s just a bag of food, but when you see how some families struggle, it’s so much more: it’s stability.”

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

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marisol-puterbaughMarisol Puterbaugh, social worker and care coordinator at Boyd Elementary in Allen works with families to ensure every student at the school is able to reach their full potential. She first began fighting hunger about four years ago as a Spanish language interpreter for the parents whose kids had enrolled in the Food 4 Kids program.

Provided in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, and funded by your generous gifts, the Food 4 Kids program connects girls and boys with vital nourishment. Participating children receive a backpack filled with food for the weekend, every Friday during the school year. The items distributed help as many as 50 struggling families feed their kids when they’re not at school.

Several students’ stories have stayed with Marisol over the years, including one about a little girl named Tamyra.*

Tamyra was getting ready to head home one Friday afternoon. She was excited to have her backpack full of food because her mom works during the day most Saturdays and Sundays. Before she began receiving help through Food 4 Kids, there were times when the only thing she had to eat at home was a single olive. Heartbreaking as her story is, Tamyra isn’t alone.

“A lot of the parents work, but they just don’t have extra money for food,” Marisol explains.

Knowing friends like you support hunger-fighting programs like Food 4 Kids puts service providers like Marisol at ease. She says it’s inspiring to be a part of something that helps so many students.

“Thank you,” she says. “I know this seems like it’s just a bag of food, but when you see how some families struggle, it’s so much more: it’s stability.”

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

Give Now


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September 03, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

A Mother Can Feed Her Kids, Thanks to You

September 03, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

juana-familyJuana’s two sons — Emmanuel, 10, and Christian, 12 — attend Sam Houston Elementary in Dallas. While they’re at school, Juana stays home caring for their baby sister, Sofia, who’s nearly 2.

Right now, Juana’s husband is the family’s sole provider. Because he works in construction, money can be tight when he’s between jobs or if there’s a long string of bad weather stalling a project. This lack of steady income makes it difficult for Juana to afford enough groceries each month.

Even though her boys can now access school meals during most of the week, Juana still has to find a way to feed them on evenings and weekends. And thanks to you, there’s a simple solution.

Whenever her family is running low on groceries, Juana supplements their food budget by visiting the pantry at Emmanuel and Christian’s school. Through this program, which was created through your support of the North Texas Food Bank, Juana picks up the nutritious fruits, vegetables and other items she needs to make balanced meals for her family.

Juana can also use one of the many recipes pantry volunteers pass out along with the food. She loves to make her little ones a healthy sauté that uses squash, garlic, onions and cilantro.

Having nutritious, balanced meals on the table is so important for a child’s development and well-being. Without access to enough healthy food, Emmanuel and Christian have problems concentrating at school and would be at risk for behavioral issues and illness.

It’s a comfort for Juana to be able to fill her family’s table with wholesome meals. She struggles to find the words to express her gratitude for your support.

“I’m so thankful,” Juana says, with sincerity.

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juana-familyJuana’s two sons — Emmanuel, 10, and Christian, 12 — attend Sam Houston Elementary in Dallas. While they’re at school, Juana stays home caring for their baby sister, Sofia, who’s nearly 2.

Right now, Juana’s husband is the family’s sole provider. Because he works in construction, money can be tight when he’s between jobs or if there’s a long string of bad weather stalling a project. This lack of steady income makes it difficult for Juana to afford enough groceries each month.

Even though her boys can now access school meals during most of the week, Juana still has to find a way to feed them on evenings and weekends. And thanks to you, there’s a simple solution.

Whenever her family is running low on groceries, Juana supplements their food budget by visiting the pantry at Emmanuel and Christian’s school. Through this program, which was created through your support of the North Texas Food Bank, Juana picks up the nutritious fruits, vegetables and other items she needs to make balanced meals for her family.

Juana can also use one of the many recipes pantry volunteers pass out along with the food. She loves to make her little ones a healthy sauté that uses squash, garlic, onions and cilantro.

Having nutritious, balanced meals on the table is so important for a child’s development and well-being. Without access to enough healthy food, Emmanuel and Christian have problems concentrating at school and would be at risk for behavioral issues and illness.

It’s a comfort for Juana to be able to fill her family’s table with wholesome meals. She struggles to find the words to express her gratitude for your support.

“I’m so thankful,” Juana says, with sincerity.

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September 01, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Please Join Us for Hunger Action Month

September 01, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt HeadshotDear Friend,

This month, thousands of boys and girls across North Texas are getting back into the swing of classes. To succeed at school, they’ll need regular nourishment to focus and study.

For many children in our community, a new school year means the return of free and reduced-price meals in the cafeteria. This resource is such an important lifeline for kids whose parents are struggling financially. In addition to this program, your support of the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe, Food 4 Kids and other feeding initiatives helps ensure hungry students and their families have the help they need.

With the fall season approaching, another exciting time of year is here — Hunger Action Month! Each September, friends like you join together to raise awareness about hunger in our community through special events, food drives and other activities.

You might know that I’ve been working through some of my own health challenges lately. As I focus on returning to full strength, it’s never been clearer to me how critical good nutrition truly is for every one of us. With this in mind, I’d like to invite you to join us in recognizing Hunger Action Month and encouraging your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to do the same. Be sure to wear orange on Hunger Action Day — Thursday, September 8! We’ll regularly update our website, so please check ntfb.org/HAM to discover more ways you can get involved.

Thank you for your continued partnership in the fight against hunger. Your generosity makes real change happen in the lives of North Texans in need!

Jan Pruitt
NTFB President and CEO

 

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Jan Pruitt HeadshotDear Friend,

This month, thousands of boys and girls across North Texas are getting back into the swing of classes. To succeed at school, they’ll need regular nourishment to focus and study.

For many children in our community, a new school year means the return of free and reduced-price meals in the cafeteria. This resource is such an important lifeline for kids whose parents are struggling financially. In addition to this program, your support of the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe, Food 4 Kids and other feeding initiatives helps ensure hungry students and their families have the help they need.

With the fall season approaching, another exciting time of year is here — Hunger Action Month! Each September, friends like you join together to raise awareness about hunger in our community through special events, food drives and other activities.

You might know that I’ve been working through some of my own health challenges lately. As I focus on returning to full strength, it’s never been clearer to me how critical good nutrition truly is for every one of us. With this in mind, I’d like to invite you to join us in recognizing Hunger Action Month and encouraging your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to do the same. Be sure to wear orange on Hunger Action Day — Thursday, September 8! We’ll regularly update our website, so please check ntfb.org/HAM to discover more ways you can get involved.

Thank you for your continued partnership in the fight against hunger. Your generosity makes real change happen in the lives of North Texans in need!

Jan Pruitt
NTFB President and CEO

 

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