August 16, 2016
by Brett Gray

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

August 16, 2016
by Brett Gray

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

Gather your friends, make those last minute reservations, and prepare your taste buds because DFW Restaurant Week, presented by Cadillac, is finally here!

This is hands down my favorite time of year. If you’ve lived in Dallas for more than a few years, you’ve probably heard about DFW Restaurant Week – but do you know exactly what it is and how it helps our community? Here’s everything you need to know about this great campaign:

1. There’s great food –

More than 125 of the finest restaurants in the DFW area are participating in Restaurant Week this year! Each restaurant determines their special prix-fixe menu full of delicious items that you can’t resist. And this year, in addition to some of our Star Restaurants, there are some great new restaurant options in the Dallas area including: Americano, Black Ship Little Katana, Bolsa, Bonnie Ruth’s (Frisco), Carvao Brazillian Steakhouse, Éclair Bistro, Filament, Local, Madrina, Meso Maya Abrams, Next Door, Oak, Pink Magnolia, Proof + Pantry, Ruth’s Chris Uptown, Savor Gastropub, Smoke, The Theodore, Twelve Stones, Vicini, Woodlands American Grill, and Yellow Rose Steak & Chophouse. Click here for the full list of DFW Restaurant Week restaurants. The hard part will be picking which of these great restaurants to try!

2. It’s a fantastic deal –

Diners will have the opportunity to get a three-course prix fixe dinner for either $35 or $45, depending on the restaurant. The Cadillac Lunch experience, brought to you by Oak Farms Dairy, is also a great option featuring two-course lunches for $20. For even more offerings, when you spend $25 at local Central Markets, you can request a certificate for a free additional dinner course at participating restaurants! The price is right– so find any excuse to go out to eat with your friends, family or colleagues!

3. It’s all for a good cause –

When you dine out at participating DFW Restaurant Week locations, you can help your community. In fact, 20 percent of the proceeds from your Restaurant Week meal will help those in need in the DFW area. All Dallas area restaurants benefit NTFB’s mission to end hunger, and as in years past, Fort Worth area restaurants benefit our friends at Lena Pope. Last year, the funds raised through DFW Restaurant Week helped NTFB provide access to nearly 1.7 million meals for those in need in our community; This makes DFW Restaurant Week NTFB’s single largest fundraiser!

4. The fun extends beyond just a week –

Thanks to the generous support of the participating restaurants, many Restaurant Week menus are offered for more than just one week. Check the restaurant list, or reserve directly with the restaurant to learn how long they plan to serve their Restaurant Week menu.


Without a doubt, Restaurant Week provides a great excuse to explore new dining hot spots in our area! Whether you’re a full on foodie, or just someone looking to do something good for others, DFW Restaurant Week has something for you! Make your reservation today, and know that you are helping put food on the table for people in need.


Brett Gray is the Chief Marketing Officer at the North Texas Food Bank. Find him on Twitter at @Brett_Gray

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

Gather your friends, make those last minute reservations, and prepare your taste buds because DFW Restaurant Week, presented by Cadillac, is finally here!

This is hands down my favorite time of year. If you’ve lived in Dallas for more than a few years, you’ve probably heard about DFW Restaurant Week – but do you know exactly what it is and how it helps our community? Here’s everything you need to know about this great campaign:

1. There’s great food –

More than 125 of the finest restaurants in the DFW area are participating in Restaurant Week this year! Each restaurant determines their special prix-fixe menu full of delicious items that you can’t resist. And this year, in addition to some of our Star Restaurants, there are some great new restaurant options in the Dallas area including: Americano, Black Ship Little Katana, Bolsa, Bonnie Ruth’s (Frisco), Carvao Brazillian Steakhouse, Éclair Bistro, Filament, Local, Madrina, Meso Maya Abrams, Next Door, Oak, Pink Magnolia, Proof + Pantry, Ruth’s Chris Uptown, Savor Gastropub, Smoke, The Theodore, Twelve Stones, Vicini, Woodlands American Grill, and Yellow Rose Steak & Chophouse. Click here for the full list of DFW Restaurant Week restaurants. The hard part will be picking which of these great restaurants to try!

2. It’s a fantastic deal –

Diners will have the opportunity to get a three-course prix fixe dinner for either $35 or $45, depending on the restaurant. The Cadillac Lunch experience, brought to you by Oak Farms Dairy, is also a great option featuring two-course lunches for $20. For even more offerings, when you spend $25 at local Central Markets, you can request a certificate for a free additional dinner course at participating restaurants! The price is right– so find any excuse to go out to eat with your friends, family or colleagues!

3. It’s all for a good cause –

When you dine out at participating DFW Restaurant Week locations, you can help your community. In fact, 20 percent of the proceeds from your Restaurant Week meal will help those in need in the DFW area. All Dallas area restaurants benefit NTFB’s mission to end hunger, and as in years past, Fort Worth area restaurants benefit our friends at Lena Pope. Last year, the funds raised through DFW Restaurant Week helped NTFB provide access to nearly 1.7 million meals for those in need in our community; This makes DFW Restaurant Week NTFB’s single largest fundraiser!

4. The fun extends beyond just a week –

Thanks to the generous support of the participating restaurants, many Restaurant Week menus are offered for more than just one week. Check the restaurant list, or reserve directly with the restaurant to learn how long they plan to serve their Restaurant Week menu.


Without a doubt, Restaurant Week provides a great excuse to explore new dining hot spots in our area! Whether you’re a full on foodie, or just someone looking to do something good for others, DFW Restaurant Week has something for you! Make your reservation today, and know that you are helping put food on the table for people in need.


Brett Gray is the Chief Marketing Officer at the North Texas Food Bank. Find him on Twitter at @Brett_Gray


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June 14, 2016
by ntfbadmin

Learning what it takes to Fight Hunger

June 14, 2016
by ntfbadmin
Student Submission by Rebekah G., Academy of Rockwall Christian Home Educators
Rebekah, pictured third from the right.

Rebekah, pictured third from the right., with NHS peers

Recently, I was able to serve the North Texas Food Bank by having a dessert competition among students at my school. Members of my school’s National Honor Society chapter made desserts, invited their friends, and had a great time at the event, all the while raising awareness for the NTFB.

As the National Honor Society president, I was responsible for presenting information about the NTFB to the guests. In preparation, I gathered several facts and statistics to share. When it was time for me to speak, I was a little nervous, but the result amazed me. My audience seemed very curious and interested in ways to help out. At the end of the evening, I think I was the most blessed by the experience, simply because of the eye-opening truths I had learned about hunger and what the NTFB is doing to combat it. Previously, I had had no knowledge of many of the facts I shared with my guests. I would never have dreamed that the number of food-insecure people near me was so large: 856,000 in the community, including 11,580 in Rockwall County, where I live.

It was a great privilege to lead other students in serving our community. The North Texas Food Bank is an incredible organization. Their passion for their cause is uncommonly strong. I am so grateful that this group is taking a stand against hunger. It was shocking to learn that there are people going hungry all around me; in fact, these may be some of my peers. The NTFB makes an enormous impact by reducing the number of local food-insecure households to a fraction of its original. One of the most striking things I found out was that ninety-four percent of their donations goes straight back out to the community. To think that ninety-four cents out of every single dollar donated is given to those less fortunate, in the form of food and other assistance, is astonishing. I truly felt like I was on the front lines to fight hunger by raising awareness for the NTFB.


Are you a student who would like to submit a blog to us about your experience fighting hunger in North Texas? We’d love to hear from you! Email info@ntfb.org for more information. 

 

Student Submission by Rebekah G., Academy of Rockwall Christian Home Educators
Rebekah, pictured third from the right.

Rebekah, pictured third from the right., with NHS peers

Recently, I was able to serve the North Texas Food Bank by having a dessert competition among students at my school. Members of my school’s National Honor Society chapter made desserts, invited their friends, and had a great time at the event, all the while raising awareness for the NTFB.

As the National Honor Society president, I was responsible for presenting information about the NTFB to the guests. In preparation, I gathered several facts and statistics to share. When it was time for me to speak, I was a little nervous, but the result amazed me. My audience seemed very curious and interested in ways to help out. At the end of the evening, I think I was the most blessed by the experience, simply because of the eye-opening truths I had learned about hunger and what the NTFB is doing to combat it. Previously, I had had no knowledge of many of the facts I shared with my guests. I would never have dreamed that the number of food-insecure people near me was so large: 856,000 in the community, including 11,580 in Rockwall County, where I live.

It was a great privilege to lead other students in serving our community. The North Texas Food Bank is an incredible organization. Their passion for their cause is uncommonly strong. I am so grateful that this group is taking a stand against hunger. It was shocking to learn that there are people going hungry all around me; in fact, these may be some of my peers. The NTFB makes an enormous impact by reducing the number of local food-insecure households to a fraction of its original. One of the most striking things I found out was that ninety-four percent of their donations goes straight back out to the community. To think that ninety-four cents out of every single dollar donated is given to those less fortunate, in the form of food and other assistance, is astonishing. I truly felt like I was on the front lines to fight hunger by raising awareness for the NTFB.


Are you a student who would like to submit a blog to us about your experience fighting hunger in North Texas? We’d love to hear from you! Email info@ntfb.org for more information. 

 


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June 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thanks to our Corporate Supporters!

June 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thank you to our corporate supporters who match their employees’ charitable gifts!

The North Texas Food Bank would like to give a special thank you to these top 20 companies and their employees who are doubling the impact of their gifts by participating in a corporate matching program.

  • Alliance Data
  • Bank of America
  • BOA check presentation Oct. 2015

    Bank of America Check Presentation, October 2015 

  • Deutsche Bank America’s Foundation
  • EnCana Oil & Gas
  • Ericsson Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grant Program
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • GE Foundation
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co
  • Health Care Service Corp.
  • HP Foundation
  • Intuit Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual
  • McAfee Matching Gift Program
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Microsoft Matching Gift Program
  • PepsiCo Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Truist
  • Verizon

To find out if your company matches employee donations, check with your HR department. You may be able to provide twice the number of nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors simply by signing up.


Learn how your business or company can join the fight against hunger in North Texas watch the video below or visit ntfb.org/corporate

 

Thank you to our corporate supporters who match their employees’ charitable gifts!

The North Texas Food Bank would like to give a special thank you to these top 20 companies and their employees who are doubling the impact of their gifts by participating in a corporate matching program.

  • Alliance Data
  • Bank of America
  • BOA check presentation Oct. 2015

    Bank of America Check Presentation, October 2015 

  • Deutsche Bank America’s Foundation
  • EnCana Oil & Gas
  • Ericsson Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grant Program
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • GE Foundation
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co
  • Health Care Service Corp.
  • HP Foundation
  • Intuit Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual
  • McAfee Matching Gift Program
  • Merit Energy Company
  • Microsoft Matching Gift Program
  • PepsiCo Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Truist
  • Verizon

To find out if your company matches employee donations, check with your HR department. You may be able to provide twice the number of nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors simply by signing up.


Learn how your business or company can join the fight against hunger in North Texas watch the video below or visit ntfb.org/corporate

 


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May 27, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Together, We’re Helping North Texas Children Thrive

May 27, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt HeadshotFriends,

Summer is upon us! Most boys and girls across North Texas can hardly wait for the break from school, and who can blame them? When the last bell rings, it signals the beginning of nearly three months filled with friends, family, freedom and fun.

Sadly, not everyone looks forward to summer. Many struggling parents dread this time of the year, because they can’t afford enough nutritious food for their families. And their children don’t have access to the free and reduced-price meal programs provided during the school year.

That’s why I’m so grateful for caring people like you in our community. Because you give to the North Texas Food Bank, summer feeding sites like St. Philip’s School and Community Center  have plenty of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods local kids need to thrive this summer.

As we work hard to strengthen successful hunger-fighting initiatives like this, I’m asking you to consider joining us to see your gifts in action this summer. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities available at the North Texas Food Bank. As you’ll see, we’re delighted to apply your talents where they are needed most.

This important work of filling empty plates would not be possible without the generous support of friends like you. Your precious gifts of time and financial support truly bring joy to the hearts of children and families who, without you, would continue to struggle with hunger. Thank you so much!

Jan Pruitt
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank


Around the Table - Summer 2016This letter originally appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Around The Table, NTFB’s Quarterly Newsletter.  Click here to sign up to receive NTFB’s future newsletters in your mailbox or inbox. 

Jan Pruitt HeadshotFriends,

Summer is upon us! Most boys and girls across North Texas can hardly wait for the break from school, and who can blame them? When the last bell rings, it signals the beginning of nearly three months filled with friends, family, freedom and fun.

Sadly, not everyone looks forward to summer. Many struggling parents dread this time of the year, because they can’t afford enough nutritious food for their families. And their children don’t have access to the free and reduced-price meal programs provided during the school year.

That’s why I’m so grateful for caring people like you in our community. Because you give to the North Texas Food Bank, summer feeding sites like St. Philip’s School and Community Center  have plenty of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods local kids need to thrive this summer.

As we work hard to strengthen successful hunger-fighting initiatives like this, I’m asking you to consider joining us to see your gifts in action this summer. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities available at the North Texas Food Bank. As you’ll see, we’re delighted to apply your talents where they are needed most.

This important work of filling empty plates would not be possible without the generous support of friends like you. Your precious gifts of time and financial support truly bring joy to the hearts of children and families who, without you, would continue to struggle with hunger. Thank you so much!

Jan Pruitt
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank


Around the Table - Summer 2016This letter originally appeared in the Summer 2016 edition of Around The Table, NTFB’s Quarterly Newsletter.  Click here to sign up to receive NTFB’s future newsletters in your mailbox or inbox. 


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May 23, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Feeding growing minds at
St. Philip’s

May 23, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its afterschool program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its afterschool program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”


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May 20, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Voice of Hope for Hungry Kids

May 20, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Voice of HopeWith each passing year, the number of children in our community who lack regular access to good nutritious food continues to grow. Fortunately, generous friends like you are helping meet the need by supporting North Texas Food Bank child feeding sites — like Voice of Hope Ministries.

Brenda Shelton, Support Services Manager, has been with Voice of Hope for nearly three years now. In that time, she’s helped provide hundreds of boys and girls in West Dallas with the nourishment their parents are unable to afford, by serving regular Kids Cafe meals.

“[Kids Cafe] is a necessity for the neighborhood,” Brenda says. “And it’s a positive thing for the kids here.”

Today, she’s preparing to shift her focus from afterschool programs to the annual summer day camp. While the stated purpose of this camp is to provide children in the area with a safe place to learn and play during the long break, it’s also a lifeline for those whose parents struggle to put food on the table.

Voice of Hope’s summer camp program includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each weekday. Brenda points out that all of the food is healthy, ensuring that the kids have the energy they need to get the most out of the daily camp activities.

Because there’s such a need for nutritious food in the community, Brenda often expresses gratitude for caring people like you who give to the North Texas Food Bank. Deeply touched, she’s thankful for your support of the summer feeding program at Voice of Hope — and countless other programs like it across North Texas.

“God bless you, and thank you so much on behalf of these kids,” says Brenda.

Voice of HopeWith each passing year, the number of children in our community who lack regular access to good nutritious food continues to grow. Fortunately, generous friends like you are helping meet the need by supporting North Texas Food Bank child feeding sites — like Voice of Hope Ministries.

Brenda Shelton, Support Services Manager, has been with Voice of Hope for nearly three years now. In that time, she’s helped provide hundreds of boys and girls in West Dallas with the nourishment their parents are unable to afford, by serving regular Kids Cafe meals.

“[Kids Cafe] is a necessity for the neighborhood,” Brenda says. “And it’s a positive thing for the kids here.”

Today, she’s preparing to shift her focus from afterschool programs to the annual summer day camp. While the stated purpose of this camp is to provide children in the area with a safe place to learn and play during the long break, it’s also a lifeline for those whose parents struggle to put food on the table.

Voice of Hope’s summer camp program includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each weekday. Brenda points out that all of the food is healthy, ensuring that the kids have the energy they need to get the most out of the daily camp activities.

Because there’s such a need for nutritious food in the community, Brenda often expresses gratitude for caring people like you who give to the North Texas Food Bank. Deeply touched, she’s thankful for your support of the summer feeding program at Voice of Hope — and countless other programs like it across North Texas.

“God bless you, and thank you so much on behalf of these kids,” says Brenda.


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April 29, 2016
by Jennifer Green

Volunteer Spotlight: Joseph Caguioa

April 29, 2016
by Jennifer Green

Joseph CollageJoseph Caguioa is an Infectious Disease Lab Tech who was bitten by the NTFB volunteer bug one year ago, “My week feels incomplete if I don’t give back.”

While many would go home after a day’s work, Joseph faithfully makes his way to our facility at Cockrell Hill.  Every Thursday you can find him sitting at a computer entering a never-ending pile of data into spreadsheets for the Philanthropy Operations (POps) Team.  Other volunteers shy away from such a monotonous task, but not Joseph.

“It’s an easy way to decompress and it’s in line with my strengths,” he said with a soft smile.

The work Joseph is able to complete helps NTFB track volunteers, discover relationships between donors, and quantifies the support provided by organizations and companies.  His reliability, speed and easy-going demeanor make him a favorite among the POps team.

It was a New Year’s Resolution that spurred his commitment to community service.  After a few sessions at the North Texas Food Bank, Joseph saw the efficiency of our operations.  “NTFB is great because it’s like a well-oiled machine.  You have a wide reach and are able to distribute millions of meals.  It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who are passionate about what they are doing.”

It’s just as nice to be working alongside folks who donate their time in support of our mission.  Thank you, Joseph!

 

Joseph CollageJoseph Caguioa is an Infectious Disease Lab Tech who was bitten by the NTFB volunteer bug one year ago, “My week feels incomplete if I don’t give back.”

While many would go home after a day’s work, Joseph faithfully makes his way to our facility at Cockrell Hill.  Every Thursday you can find him sitting at a computer entering a never-ending pile of data into spreadsheets for the Philanthropy Operations (POps) Team.  Other volunteers shy away from such a monotonous task, but not Joseph.

“It’s an easy way to decompress and it’s in line with my strengths,” he said with a soft smile.

The work Joseph is able to complete helps NTFB track volunteers, discover relationships between donors, and quantifies the support provided by organizations and companies.  His reliability, speed and easy-going demeanor make him a favorite among the POps team.

It was a New Year’s Resolution that spurred his commitment to community service.  After a few sessions at the North Texas Food Bank, Joseph saw the efficiency of our operations.  “NTFB is great because it’s like a well-oiled machine.  You have a wide reach and are able to distribute millions of meals.  It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who are passionate about what they are doing.”

It’s just as nice to be working alongside folks who donate their time in support of our mission.  Thank you, Joseph!

 


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April 13, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Nourishing our Neighbors:

Pat & John’s Story

April 13, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Pat and John Wesley - Nourishing Neighbors (5)Pat and John have been married for 40 years. In that time, they’ve enjoyed countless meals together, mostly prepared by John, who loves to cook. Because they’ve both been long-time champions of hunger relief, they never imagined they’d need assistance themselves.

For nearly three decades, Pat and John managed a daycare center that partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to connect struggling families with groceries — including fresh produce. Pat still remembers the early days of this effort, when John would cook up a serving of whatever they were giving away, so the families knew how to use all the different veggies they received.

But all this came to an end around 2005, when Pat suffered a severe stroke. Now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, it’s challenging for her to get around – even in her own home. As for John, his vision is nearly completely gone. They both rely on Social Security income to cover their monthly expenses.

Given both of their health problems and lack of financial resources, it’s difficult to make trips to the grocery store, or anywhere else for that matter. That’s why Pat says she and John were among the first to sign up for the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program, which delivers healthful food to home-bound seniors every two weeks.

Each time their volunteer, Deborah, comes to their door step, they receive enough fruits and vegetables to make filling and balanced meals. If it weren’t for this food, made possible through your gifts, Pat knows she and John would go hungry – and no one would ever know.

“Thank you, we appreciate it,” Pat says, earnestly. “It allows us to have nutritious meals without having to travel outside our home.”

Pat and John Wesley - Nourishing Neighbors (5)Pat and John have been married for 40 years. In that time, they’ve enjoyed countless meals together, mostly prepared by John, who loves to cook. Because they’ve both been long-time champions of hunger relief, they never imagined they’d need assistance themselves.

For nearly three decades, Pat and John managed a daycare center that partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to connect struggling families with groceries — including fresh produce. Pat still remembers the early days of this effort, when John would cook up a serving of whatever they were giving away, so the families knew how to use all the different veggies they received.

But all this came to an end around 2005, when Pat suffered a severe stroke. Now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, it’s challenging for her to get around – even in her own home. As for John, his vision is nearly completely gone. They both rely on Social Security income to cover their monthly expenses.

Given both of their health problems and lack of financial resources, it’s difficult to make trips to the grocery store, or anywhere else for that matter. That’s why Pat says she and John were among the first to sign up for the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program, which delivers healthful food to home-bound seniors every two weeks.

Each time their volunteer, Deborah, comes to their door step, they receive enough fruits and vegetables to make filling and balanced meals. If it weren’t for this food, made possible through your gifts, Pat knows she and John would go hungry – and no one would ever know.

“Thank you, we appreciate it,” Pat says, earnestly. “It allows us to have nutritious meals without having to travel outside our home.”


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March 30, 2016
by Kathleen Robinson

NTFB Water Challenge

March 30, 2016
by Kathleen Robinson

Water Challenge
As all of us at NTFB continue to sharpen our focus on nutrition and foods that encourage good health for our community, we realize there’s no doubt that hydration plays a big part in health, including our own well being. So now through the first week of May, NTFB staff members are practicing what we “preach” and taking part in a Water Challenge. You’re encouraged to join us in this tracking challenge to get and stay hydrated!

How much water should you drink each day? Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Set a goal to increase the amount you drink a little each week.

hydration challenge cal jpgTracking:

Daily tracking is a great way to develop a new healthy habit. Try tracking your water during the challenge with these free apps:

Android: Watertracker
Apple: Waterlogged

Or if you would rather track on paper, use our calendar here. You’re encouraged to not only track the amount of water you’re drinking, but also how you feel each day.

Resources:

Here are more great resources to keep you motivated:

Water Challenge
As all of us at NTFB continue to sharpen our focus on nutrition and foods that encourage good health for our community, we realize there’s no doubt that hydration plays a big part in health, including our own well being. So now through the first week of May, NTFB staff members are practicing what we “preach” and taking part in a Water Challenge. You’re encouraged to join us in this tracking challenge to get and stay hydrated!

How much water should you drink each day? Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Set a goal to increase the amount you drink a little each week.

hydration challenge cal jpgTracking:

Daily tracking is a great way to develop a new healthy habit. Try tracking your water during the challenge with these free apps:

Android: Watertracker
Apple: Waterlogged

Or if you would rather track on paper, use our calendar here. You’re encouraged to not only track the amount of water you’re drinking, but also how you feel each day.

Resources:

Here are more great resources to keep you motivated:


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March 15, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Super Volunteer: Deborah Fugit

March 15, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Deb Fugit Blog
It was nearly seven years ago when Deborah Fugit joined the fight against hunger. Around that time, she was responsible for organizing a birthday party for Lyda Hill, her former employer and a generous North Texas Food Bank supporter.

Because the event was held at the Food Bank’s distribution center on Cockrell Hill Road, Deborah had the chance to learn all about the mission to close the gap on hunger. She was so moved by what she saw that she decided to make a difference and volunteer, helping put food on the table for neighbors in need.

With only a limited amount of time to help outside her busy work schedule, Deborah needed a new volunteer opportunity that would allow her to balance her job responsibilities with her desire to serve. Fortunately, because the Food Bank offers so many ways to get involved, she had no trouble finding a good fit as a volunteer with the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program.

Deborah's Highland Park Presbyterian Church's Bible Study class volunteering at our Distribution Center

After careful consideration, Deborah became one of the first volunteers for the program, which delivers fresh produce and other staples to home-bound neighbors who are age 50 and over. Since the program’s beginning, she’s been able to bring joy, companionship and nutritious food to struggling seniors.

In addition to volunteering with Nourishing Neighbors, Deborah also organizes a group volunteer effort at the North Texas Food Bank with friends and members of her Bible study group. Every few months, they meet to prepare Food 4 Kids backpacks, filling bags with shelf-stable, kid-friendly foods made available to chronically hungry children every Friday during the school year.

After so many years of dedicated service to the cause of hunger relief, the North Texas Food Bank recently recognized Deborah as Volunteer of the Year with a “Golden Fork Award.” We hope this serves as a reminder of how thankful we are for her commitment to fighting hunger in our community!

 


 

Learn more about Deborah, our Nourishing Neighbors program, and how to get involved in our 2015-2016 video.

(This piece originally appeared in our Spring 2016 Around the Table newsletter.)

 

 

Deb Fugit Blog
It was nearly seven years ago when Deborah Fugit joined the fight against hunger. Around that time, she was responsible for organizing a birthday party for Lyda Hill, her former employer and a generous North Texas Food Bank supporter.

Because the event was held at the Food Bank’s distribution center on Cockrell Hill Road, Deborah had the chance to learn all about the mission to close the gap on hunger. She was so moved by what she saw that she decided to make a difference and volunteer, helping put food on the table for neighbors in need.

With only a limited amount of time to help outside her busy work schedule, Deborah needed a new volunteer opportunity that would allow her to balance her job responsibilities with her desire to serve. Fortunately, because the Food Bank offers so many ways to get involved, she had no trouble finding a good fit as a volunteer with the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program.

Deborah's Highland Park Presbyterian Church's Bible Study class volunteering at our Distribution Center

After careful consideration, Deborah became one of the first volunteers for the program, which delivers fresh produce and other staples to home-bound neighbors who are age 50 and over. Since the program’s beginning, she’s been able to bring joy, companionship and nutritious food to struggling seniors.

In addition to volunteering with Nourishing Neighbors, Deborah also organizes a group volunteer effort at the North Texas Food Bank with friends and members of her Bible study group. Every few months, they meet to prepare Food 4 Kids backpacks, filling bags with shelf-stable, kid-friendly foods made available to chronically hungry children every Friday during the school year.

After so many years of dedicated service to the cause of hunger relief, the North Texas Food Bank recently recognized Deborah as Volunteer of the Year with a “Golden Fork Award.” We hope this serves as a reminder of how thankful we are for her commitment to fighting hunger in our community!

 


 

Learn more about Deborah, our Nourishing Neighbors program, and how to get involved in our 2015-2016 video.

(This piece originally appeared in our Spring 2016 Around the Table newsletter.)

 

 


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