October 02, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Five Can’t Miss Items at the 2018 Texas State Fair

October 02, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

1. The Discounts

Beat the crowds and the prices this year with the It’s a Fair Deal Canned Food Drive! Every Wednesday at the Texas State Fair, bring 4 cans of shelf-stable food and receive a discounted admission of $4.00 sponsored by Kroger! Not only will you have a great day at the fair, but you’ll also be helping to feed our hungry neighbors in North Texas!

2. The Food

While corny dogs and funnel cakes may be your go-to, don’t be afraid to branch out this year! New and award-winning treats you can find on the grounds include Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions, Arroz con Leche by the Garza Family, and Cotton Candy Tacos by Justin and Rudy Martinez.

3. The Rides

Step right up to one of the 70 rides at the Texas State Fair! Among the most popular attractions at the state fair is the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Standing at 212 feet, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Dallas skyline. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you’re in luck! Just a few of the most popular thrill options include The AirMax, The Flipper, and the Rock it.

4. The Entertainment

There are 24 free concerts at the Texas State Fair this year! Whether you like pop, country, or hip hop, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love. Headliners range from Aaron Watson (October 6 at 8:30 p.m.), Austin Mahone (October 7 at 5:30 p.m.), and Ludacris (October 13 at 8:30 p.m.).

5. Big Tex

You literally can’t miss Big Tex at the Texas State Fair. Standing at 55 feet tall, Big Tex welcomes you to the fair with a friendly, “Howdy, folks!” He’s been a staple since the fair opened more than 60 years ago, and after all, if you don’t get a selfie with Big Tex, did you even go to the fair?

 

We can’t wait to see you at the fair this year!

www.ntfb.org


 

1. The Discounts

Beat the crowds and the prices this year with the It’s a Fair Deal Canned Food Drive! Every Wednesday at the Texas State Fair, bring 4 cans of shelf-stable food and receive a discounted admission of $4.00 sponsored by Kroger! Not only will you have a great day at the fair, but you’ll also be helping to feed our hungry neighbors in North Texas!

2. The Food

While corny dogs and funnel cakes may be your go-to, don’t be afraid to branch out this year! New and award-winning treats you can find on the grounds include Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions, Arroz con Leche by the Garza Family, and Cotton Candy Tacos by Justin and Rudy Martinez.

3. The Rides

Step right up to one of the 70 rides at the Texas State Fair! Among the most popular attractions at the state fair is the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Standing at 212 feet, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Dallas skyline. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you’re in luck! Just a few of the most popular thrill options include The AirMax, The Flipper, and the Rock it.

4. The Entertainment

There are 24 free concerts at the Texas State Fair this year! Whether you like pop, country, or hip hop, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love. Headliners range from Aaron Watson (October 6 at 8:30 p.m.), Austin Mahone (October 7 at 5:30 p.m.), and Ludacris (October 13 at 8:30 p.m.).

5. Big Tex

You literally can’t miss Big Tex at the Texas State Fair. Standing at 55 feet tall, Big Tex welcomes you to the fair with a friendly, “Howdy, folks!” He’s been a staple since the fair opened more than 60 years ago, and after all, if you don’t get a selfie with Big Tex, did you even go to the fair?

 

We can’t wait to see you at the fair this year!

www.ntfb.org


 


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September 13, 2018
by Liana Solis

Help Us Fight Hunger During Hunger Action Month!

September 13, 2018
by Liana Solis

 

The North Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and is dedicated to supporting the nutritional needs of children, seniors and families through education and partnerships. Our organization distributes donated and purchased food across 13 diverse North Texas counties via a Feeding Network made up of more than of 200 Partner Agencies. Last year, we were able to provide access to almost 72 million nutritious meals to those in need thanks to the support of a generous community.

While most people associate hunger with the holiday season, our team knows that hunger is a year-round issue. That’s why we are proud to mobilize the community during the month of September for Hunger Action Month. In fact, September 13 is National Hunger Action Day. Here are three ways you can give back in September in support of Hunger Action Month.

 

  1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to any organization. If you’re finding that you have extra time on your hands, why not do something good by giving to those in need? Feeding America is always looking for volunteers and would love your support in providing food to the hungry here in the North Texas area via the North Texas Food Bank! There are many ways you can volunteer your time with us such as helping at Our Community Pantry, volunteering at our new Perot Family Campus in Plano, helping at a mobile pantry, helping with our Nourishing Neighbors program, aiding our nutrition services, volunteering at a local school pantry, or even helping with administrative projects. Your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life, so if you have a few extra hours in September, come help us provide some hope to those in need.

 

  1. Organize a Food Drive

By participating in a food drive, you can ensure that our hungry neighbors have the nutritious foods they need to thrive. These efforts also help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Did you know that there are more than 800,000 people in North Texas that are food insecure? You can help fight hunger in our community by holding your own food drive at your office, church, neighborhood center or local school. Keep your participants engaged by making it a contest to see who can collect the most food or set up a 5K event and encourage attendees to donate food. You can do all of this by creating your food drive and fundraising event online, making it easier to promote the event and get the word out on social media! At the Food Bank, we are working to transform North Texas one meal at a time and you can get involved too!

 

  1. Donate

The Food Bank has a bold plan to close the hunger gap and provide 92 million meals by 2025 — in order to do this we need your help! Food and funds will help us reach this goal. In fact, for every dollar donated to NTFB, we are able to provide access to three nutritious meals. Along with other members of Feeding America we can’t do any of this without your help. Learnhow a simple donation can make a difference and what you can do to help this month.

 

  1.  Advocate

In addition to organizing a food drive or volunteering, raising awareness about the issue of hunger is critical. Feeding America’s Food Banks and the neighbors they serve rely on food and funds received through federal programs. Advocating for our mission is important and will directly impact our ability to serve hungry neighbors in a positive way. Be sure to check out information about advocacy and how you can make a difference.

 

Join us this Hunger Action Month to help make a difference to hungry neighbors in our community! Visit ntfb.org/HAM for more ways to get involved.

 

 

 

The North Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and is dedicated to supporting the nutritional needs of children, seniors and families through education and partnerships. Our organization distributes donated and purchased food across 13 diverse North Texas counties via a Feeding Network made up of more than of 200 Partner Agencies. Last year, we were able to provide access to almost 72 million nutritious meals to those in need thanks to the support of a generous community.

While most people associate hunger with the holiday season, our team knows that hunger is a year-round issue. That’s why we are proud to mobilize the community during the month of September for Hunger Action Month. In fact, September 13 is National Hunger Action Day. Here are three ways you can give back in September in support of Hunger Action Month.

 

  1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to any organization. If you’re finding that you have extra time on your hands, why not do something good by giving to those in need? Feeding America is always looking for volunteers and would love your support in providing food to the hungry here in the North Texas area via the North Texas Food Bank! There are many ways you can volunteer your time with us such as helping at Our Community Pantry, volunteering at our new Perot Family Campus in Plano, helping at a mobile pantry, helping with our Nourishing Neighbors program, aiding our nutrition services, volunteering at a local school pantry, or even helping with administrative projects. Your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life, so if you have a few extra hours in September, come help us provide some hope to those in need.

 

  1. Organize a Food Drive

By participating in a food drive, you can ensure that our hungry neighbors have the nutritious foods they need to thrive. These efforts also help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Did you know that there are more than 800,000 people in North Texas that are food insecure? You can help fight hunger in our community by holding your own food drive at your office, church, neighborhood center or local school. Keep your participants engaged by making it a contest to see who can collect the most food or set up a 5K event and encourage attendees to donate food. You can do all of this by creating your food drive and fundraising event online, making it easier to promote the event and get the word out on social media! At the Food Bank, we are working to transform North Texas one meal at a time and you can get involved too!

 

  1. Donate

The Food Bank has a bold plan to close the hunger gap and provide 92 million meals by 2025 — in order to do this we need your help! Food and funds will help us reach this goal. In fact, for every dollar donated to NTFB, we are able to provide access to three nutritious meals. Along with other members of Feeding America we can’t do any of this without your help. Learnhow a simple donation can make a difference and what you can do to help this month.

 

  1.  Advocate

In addition to organizing a food drive or volunteering, raising awareness about the issue of hunger is critical. Feeding America’s Food Banks and the neighbors they serve rely on food and funds received through federal programs. Advocating for our mission is important and will directly impact our ability to serve hungry neighbors in a positive way. Be sure to check out information about advocacy and how you can make a difference.

 

Join us this Hunger Action Month to help make a difference to hungry neighbors in our community! Visit ntfb.org/HAM for more ways to get involved.

 

 


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August 24, 2018
by ntfbadmin

Welcoming Brad Stewart to the North Texas Food Bank Family

August 24, 2018
by ntfbadmin

Stewart joins the NTFB Executive Team as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer

There are a lot of exciting changes at the North Texas Food Bank: including opening the doors of our beautiful new Perot Family Campus in Plano! As we look to engage the community from our new home, the Food Bank Executive Team is elated to announce another new addition: Brad Stewart who will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Stewart is no stranger to operations, processes or technology. Prior to joining our team, he enjoyed an illustrious career, most recently at Microsoft.

We sat down with our new Chief Operating Officer to learn more about his passion for service and his thoughts on the future of the North Texas Food Bank.

What attracted you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I am ecstatic to be here. Hunger is an area of passion for me. I worked in corporate environments for quite some time and I was looking for a purpose-driven organization. I have a particular passion for feeding hungry people and knew this would be the right fit.  It is an exciting time to join this team.

You have a background with technology, how do you think this will help shape the Food Bank?

Coming from Microsoft, we know that most companies are moving towards becoming IT-oriented if they aren’t already and going through that digital transformation. This is more than just eliminating paper, companies are assessing processes and really thinking about data collection and how you look for relationships between inputs and outputs as well as optimization for the goals of the organization.

That’s where I came from at Microsoft. While there, I worked with very large companies as well as the federal government through parts of their digital transformations.

Because of this background, I tend to see processes and tools and think about how technology can enable these to be more efficient and effective..

At the Food Bank we are focused on efficiency, but our work centers on the human element- those neighbors that we serve. What is your vision for marrying efficiency with customer service and our core value of compassion?

I don’t think of these concepts as opposite ends of a spectrum. In fact, for me, an output is how our neighbors feel. It’s our job to find creative ways to think about and measure that as an outcome of our engagement with them. This work is about much more that putting a meal on the table for a person, it’s also about their experience.

The same rings true for the volunteer experience. In any business there are some fundamental tenets, the financial attributes, the client satisfaction and the employee satisfaction. Many times these can be at tension with one another and the key is to find the balance point to effectively enable you to manage these with some degree of predictability. Thanks to the surveys that the team does here, we know that we have a very satisfied volunteer pool which will serve us well as we work to increase volunteerism at our new facility.

The Food Bank team is a tight knit extended family, what are your thoughts on joining this kind of team?

The Food Bank is going through a time of transformation as we move into our new space. And those that I have come to know are dedicated to the mission and passionate about putting food on the table for our neighbors in need. From a company culture perspective, it is clear that the focus is on service- our values are compassion, collaboration and integrity and we see that across teams within our organization. This resonates with me and is exactly the family I was hoping to join.

The Food Bank put a stake in the ground and declared that we would close the hunger gap by 2025. What do you think that it will take to get us there?

I think our team is up for the challenge and we can achieve this goal. The good news is that the core processes and infrastructure is already in place. As we move forward we know we must be nimble and change, but it’s also clear that the NTFB is already wildly successful in a number of ways including providing almost 72 million meals for hungry neighbors in the last fiscal year.  Now we just have to work to harness the best practices that got us to this point. In doing so we will achieve and surpass the 92 million meal goal.

Can you share information about LovePacs the 501C3 that you founded to help feed hungry kids?

The history of LovePacs stems from the efforts of four families including mine. In November of 2011, we came to learn that 6 kids from a local school were in need of support and we thought that we could step into that space and help them. We did a collection and put together a weeklong supply of food for the children for that Thanksgiving holiday. Just like that LovePacs was born. One year later more schools came on board and more kids were served. Fast forward to today and we are in eight school districts and we have surpassed 2 million meals served.

Tell us about your family

I have been married 20 years to my wife Nila, we were high school sweethearts, both from Plano and both attended the University of Texas for our undergraduate degrees. We have three children: Coby 14, Luke is 11 and Samantha who is 8. My wife is a high school teacher at Plano West Senior High and we are primarily involved in three efforts: our church, our sons’ club baseball, and tending to our property in Lamar County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart joins the NTFB Executive Team as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer

There are a lot of exciting changes at the North Texas Food Bank: including opening the doors of our beautiful new Perot Family Campus in Plano! As we look to engage the community from our new home, the Food Bank Executive Team is elated to announce another new addition: Brad Stewart who will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Stewart is no stranger to operations, processes or technology. Prior to joining our team, he enjoyed an illustrious career, most recently at Microsoft.

We sat down with our new Chief Operating Officer to learn more about his passion for service and his thoughts on the future of the North Texas Food Bank.

What attracted you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I am ecstatic to be here. Hunger is an area of passion for me. I worked in corporate environments for quite some time and I was looking for a purpose-driven organization. I have a particular passion for feeding hungry people and knew this would be the right fit.  It is an exciting time to join this team.

You have a background with technology, how do you think this will help shape the Food Bank?

Coming from Microsoft, we know that most companies are moving towards becoming IT-oriented if they aren’t already and going through that digital transformation. This is more than just eliminating paper, companies are assessing processes and really thinking about data collection and how you look for relationships between inputs and outputs as well as optimization for the goals of the organization.

That’s where I came from at Microsoft. While there, I worked with very large companies as well as the federal government through parts of their digital transformations.

Because of this background, I tend to see processes and tools and think about how technology can enable these to be more efficient and effective..

At the Food Bank we are focused on efficiency, but our work centers on the human element- those neighbors that we serve. What is your vision for marrying efficiency with customer service and our core value of compassion?

I don’t think of these concepts as opposite ends of a spectrum. In fact, for me, an output is how our neighbors feel. It’s our job to find creative ways to think about and measure that as an outcome of our engagement with them. This work is about much more that putting a meal on the table for a person, it’s also about their experience.

The same rings true for the volunteer experience. In any business there are some fundamental tenets, the financial attributes, the client satisfaction and the employee satisfaction. Many times these can be at tension with one another and the key is to find the balance point to effectively enable you to manage these with some degree of predictability. Thanks to the surveys that the team does here, we know that we have a very satisfied volunteer pool which will serve us well as we work to increase volunteerism at our new facility.

The Food Bank team is a tight knit extended family, what are your thoughts on joining this kind of team?

The Food Bank is going through a time of transformation as we move into our new space. And those that I have come to know are dedicated to the mission and passionate about putting food on the table for our neighbors in need. From a company culture perspective, it is clear that the focus is on service- our values are compassion, collaboration and integrity and we see that across teams within our organization. This resonates with me and is exactly the family I was hoping to join.

The Food Bank put a stake in the ground and declared that we would close the hunger gap by 2025. What do you think that it will take to get us there?

I think our team is up for the challenge and we can achieve this goal. The good news is that the core processes and infrastructure is already in place. As we move forward we know we must be nimble and change, but it’s also clear that the NTFB is already wildly successful in a number of ways including providing almost 72 million meals for hungry neighbors in the last fiscal year.  Now we just have to work to harness the best practices that got us to this point. In doing so we will achieve and surpass the 92 million meal goal.

Can you share information about LovePacs the 501C3 that you founded to help feed hungry kids?

The history of LovePacs stems from the efforts of four families including mine. In November of 2011, we came to learn that 6 kids from a local school were in need of support and we thought that we could step into that space and help them. We did a collection and put together a weeklong supply of food for the children for that Thanksgiving holiday. Just like that LovePacs was born. One year later more schools came on board and more kids were served. Fast forward to today and we are in eight school districts and we have surpassed 2 million meals served.

Tell us about your family

I have been married 20 years to my wife Nila, we were high school sweethearts, both from Plano and both attended the University of Texas for our undergraduate degrees. We have three children: Coby 14, Luke is 11 and Samantha who is 8. My wife is a high school teacher at Plano West Senior High and we are primarily involved in three efforts: our church, our sons’ club baseball, and tending to our property in Lamar County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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June 05, 2018
by Liana Solis

Hunger Mitao!

June 05, 2018
by Liana Solis

With a rally cry of “Hunger Mitao” (Mitao = Wipe-out) and an ambitious campaign titled “Million Meal March”, the Indian American Council (IAC) for North Texas Food Bank launched on September 29, 2017.  In just seven short months, the IAC surpassed its first-year goal of funding one million meals for the hungry neighbors across North Texas.

The team at the North Texas Food Bank is so grateful for the dedication, passion and support of the IAC. Their support couldn’t come at a better time, as summer sets in, we know that many of our hungry neighbors– especially children will struggle to find their next healthy meal.

The IAC was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community towards NTFB’s mission.  The committed and diverse steering committee is the driving force behind the council. By providing access to one million nutritious meals, the IAC is directly contributing to the Food Bank’s vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

This first million meals is just the beginning for the IAC, the ambitious group, led by Aradhana (Anna) and Raj Asava is already working to provide their next million meals!

To build on this momentum, the group is launching ‘Hunger Mitao Week’ (August 11-19), the week of India’s Independence Day with a goal of raising awareness, food and funds, while encouraging hands-on volunteering.

For more information about the North Texas Food Bank’s Indian American Council, visit: ntfb.org/IAC

 

With a rally cry of “Hunger Mitao” (Mitao = Wipe-out) and an ambitious campaign titled “Million Meal March”, the Indian American Council (IAC) for North Texas Food Bank launched on September 29, 2017.  In just seven short months, the IAC surpassed its first-year goal of funding one million meals for the hungry neighbors across North Texas.

The team at the North Texas Food Bank is so grateful for the dedication, passion and support of the IAC. Their support couldn’t come at a better time, as summer sets in, we know that many of our hungry neighbors– especially children will struggle to find their next healthy meal.

The IAC was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community towards NTFB’s mission.  The committed and diverse steering committee is the driving force behind the council. By providing access to one million nutritious meals, the IAC is directly contributing to the Food Bank’s vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

This first million meals is just the beginning for the IAC, the ambitious group, led by Aradhana (Anna) and Raj Asava is already working to provide their next million meals!

To build on this momentum, the group is launching ‘Hunger Mitao Week’ (August 11-19), the week of India’s Independence Day with a goal of raising awareness, food and funds, while encouraging hands-on volunteering.

For more information about the North Texas Food Bank’s Indian American Council, visit: ntfb.org/IAC

 


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June 01, 2018
by Liana Solis

Preparing BEFORE disaster strikes

June 01, 2018
by Liana Solis

Volunteer team from Abbott donates time and product to create disaster relief food packs.

 

When a hurricane hits, every second counts – it’s critical for families and communities to prepare in advance. That’s why we were so grateful to have the team from Abbott at the North Texas Food Bank preparing disaster relief boxes. These critical packs will help the Food Bank provide relief in the form of food if a disaster strikes.

Designed to provide the “first wave” of relief following a hurricane or other disaster, these pack provide immediate aid within hours for 3,000 people. Having them in stock helps fill a critical need until traditional relief efforts can provide ongoing support. So, in addition to providing “people power” in the form of volunteers, Abbott also provided the food and beverage products that will help meet the need- a more than $70,000 value.

The Food Bank has seen the impact that these packs can provide. In fact, Abbott disaster relief boxes were used as part of the relief efforts in North Texas after Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands last year. Each pack contains Abbott nutrition products, such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.

In total, these packs have helped more than 17,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

A huge thank you to our partners at Abbott for helping the North Texas Food Bank and member food banks across the Feeding America network to be disaster ready.

Volunteer team from Abbott donates time and product to create disaster relief food packs.

 

When a hurricane hits, every second counts – it’s critical for families and communities to prepare in advance. That’s why we were so grateful to have the team from Abbott at the North Texas Food Bank preparing disaster relief boxes. These critical packs will help the Food Bank provide relief in the form of food if a disaster strikes.

Designed to provide the “first wave” of relief following a hurricane or other disaster, these pack provide immediate aid within hours for 3,000 people. Having them in stock helps fill a critical need until traditional relief efforts can provide ongoing support. So, in addition to providing “people power” in the form of volunteers, Abbott also provided the food and beverage products that will help meet the need- a more than $70,000 value.

The Food Bank has seen the impact that these packs can provide. In fact, Abbott disaster relief boxes were used as part of the relief efforts in North Texas after Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands last year. Each pack contains Abbott nutrition products, such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.

In total, these packs have helped more than 17,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

A huge thank you to our partners at Abbott for helping the North Texas Food Bank and member food banks across the Feeding America network to be disaster ready.


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May 30, 2018
by Liana Solis

ICYMI: NTFB is Moving to Plano!

May 30, 2018
by Liana Solis

 

September is going to be a busy time for the North Texas Food Bank! With special events revolving around the opening of our new Distribution Center, the Perot Family Campus, we are excited for you to be a part of our journey to Collin County. We recognize that change is exciting, but could lead to questions. As such, we wanted to assure you that while our distribution facility is moving north, our team will continue to serve partners across our entire 13-county service area, as we have for many years.

Our move to Plano will allow us to:

  • Have a new space that will be built exclusively for NTFB’s needs and will triple our refrigerated space – when you compare it to our current warehouses, it is three times the size.
  • Reduce inefficiencies from our two current facilities as we streamline operations into one location more central to our 13-county service area.
  • Operate from a central location to our entire service area which will allow for better engagement with businesses, volunteers and donors that will help us ensure we can continue to put food on the table for our neighbors in need.
  • Overall, enable us to reach our goal of providing 92 million meals to hungry North Texans by 2025.

Most importantly we are taking this important step because we know the issue of hunger is not going away, and we need the support of the broader North Texas community to meet the hunger needs in our region.

This exciting change will allow us the opportunity to host a historic event: our grand opening!

Interested in attending? Check out the details below!


Save the Date!

Perot Family Campus Grand Opening – Sept. 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NTFB is opening the doors of our brand new facility, the Perot Family Campus! Join us for games, tours of the new building, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and more! All ages are welcome – please RSVP here!


Interested in making an impact by honoring your loved ones?

Purchase a personalized, engraved paver in honor of a family member or loved one for the Jan Pruitt Community Garden! For more information and to purchase your paver, follow this link.

 

September is going to be a busy time for the North Texas Food Bank! With special events revolving around the opening of our new Distribution Center, the Perot Family Campus, we are excited for you to be a part of our journey to Collin County. We recognize that change is exciting, but could lead to questions. As such, we wanted to assure you that while our distribution facility is moving north, our team will continue to serve partners across our entire 13-county service area, as we have for many years.

Our move to Plano will allow us to:

  • Have a new space that will be built exclusively for NTFB’s needs and will triple our refrigerated space – when you compare it to our current warehouses, it is three times the size.
  • Reduce inefficiencies from our two current facilities as we streamline operations into one location more central to our 13-county service area.
  • Operate from a central location to our entire service area which will allow for better engagement with businesses, volunteers and donors that will help us ensure we can continue to put food on the table for our neighbors in need.
  • Overall, enable us to reach our goal of providing 92 million meals to hungry North Texans by 2025.

Most importantly we are taking this important step because we know the issue of hunger is not going away, and we need the support of the broader North Texas community to meet the hunger needs in our region.

This exciting change will allow us the opportunity to host a historic event: our grand opening!

Interested in attending? Check out the details below!


Save the Date!

Perot Family Campus Grand Opening – Sept. 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NTFB is opening the doors of our brand new facility, the Perot Family Campus! Join us for games, tours of the new building, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and more! All ages are welcome – please RSVP here!


Interested in making an impact by honoring your loved ones?

Purchase a personalized, engraved paver in honor of a family member or loved one for the Jan Pruitt Community Garden! For more information and to purchase your paver, follow this link.


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May 07, 2018
by Liana Solis

NTFB Hosts Record Breaking Taste of the Cowboys Event!

May 07, 2018
by Liana Solis

Enthusiastic Food Bank supporters descended on the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco for an evening of delicious food, football, music and fun. Our partners at the Dallas Cowboys helped the Food Bank raise more than $530,000, which will help provide more than 1.5 million meals to hungry kids across our 13 county service area.

The concept for coupling football with food to fight food insecurity started in 1992 when Taste of the NFL Founder and culinary entrepreneur, Wayne Kostroski launched this innovative initiative. Chef Kent Rathbun brought the idea to life locally in 2005, hosting a tailgate event in the parking lot of his restaurant. Fast forward to today, and Taste of the Cowboys has helped raise more than $3 million for the North Texas Food Bank.

More than 13 years later, the need for food assistance in our region is still very real. In fact, one out of every 4 children is food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. The funds raised at Taste of the Cowboys help meet the need for hungry kids across North Texas.

As we look forward to next year’s event, it is fitting to give thanks to those that made Taste of Cowboys 2018 so successful.

This record breaking event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including our presenting sponsor Caliber Collision, Lockheed Martin, Albertson/Tom Thumb, American Airlines, the North Texas Food Bank Indo-American Council, 4 Change Energy, Dean Foods Foundation, Exxon Mobil, HILTI, KPMG, Omni Hotels and Resorts Frisco, Pollock, The CFO Suite, Bank of America, Dairy MAX, Legends, Raising Canes, media sponsor CBS, Cherry Blow Dry Bar, Concrete Cowboy, Deja Blue, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Dunkin Donuts, Kendra Scott, Miller Lite, Pepsi, and TEED Shirts.

Of course, for our event guests, it is all about the entertainment as well as the food; this year’s helpings did not disappoint. Thank you to each of the chefs that came together for this important cause, representing the following restaurants:

Asador
BIRD Bakery
Bulla Gastrobar
Cane Rosso
Da Mario
Dee Lincoln Prime
Eclair Bistro-McKinney
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
Howard Wang’s
il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar
La Duni Baking Studio
Legends at AT&T Stadium
Legends at Cowboys Club, The Star in Frisco
Legends at Toyota Stadium, Home of FC Dallas
Lockhart Smokehouse
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Nick & Sam’s
Off the Bone Barbeque
Omni Frisco Hotel/Neighborhood Services
Pazzo
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Pink Magnolia
PINSTACK
Salum
Seasons 52 Plano
Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market
Texas de Brazil
The Capital Grille Plano
The Common Table
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar
Zaytinya

Take a moment to relive some of the magic by viewing our photo album. Thank you to our wonderful partners at the Dallas Cowboys for opening up their home for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Star next year!

Enthusiastic Food Bank supporters descended on the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco for an evening of delicious food, football, music and fun. Our partners at the Dallas Cowboys helped the Food Bank raise more than $530,000, which will help provide more than 1.5 million meals to hungry kids across our 13 county service area.

The concept for coupling football with food to fight food insecurity started in 1992 when Taste of the NFL Founder and culinary entrepreneur, Wayne Kostroski launched this innovative initiative. Chef Kent Rathbun brought the idea to life locally in 2005, hosting a tailgate event in the parking lot of his restaurant. Fast forward to today, and Taste of the Cowboys has helped raise more than $3 million for the North Texas Food Bank.

More than 13 years later, the need for food assistance in our region is still very real. In fact, one out of every 4 children is food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. The funds raised at Taste of the Cowboys help meet the need for hungry kids across North Texas.

As we look forward to next year’s event, it is fitting to give thanks to those that made Taste of Cowboys 2018 so successful.

This record breaking event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including our presenting sponsor Caliber Collision, Lockheed Martin, Albertson/Tom Thumb, American Airlines, the North Texas Food Bank Indo-American Council, 4 Change Energy, Dean Foods Foundation, Exxon Mobil, HILTI, KPMG, Omni Hotels and Resorts Frisco, Pollock, The CFO Suite, Bank of America, Dairy MAX, Legends, Raising Canes, media sponsor CBS, Cherry Blow Dry Bar, Concrete Cowboy, Deja Blue, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Dunkin Donuts, Kendra Scott, Miller Lite, Pepsi, and TEED Shirts.

Of course, for our event guests, it is all about the entertainment as well as the food; this year’s helpings did not disappoint. Thank you to each of the chefs that came together for this important cause, representing the following restaurants:

Asador
BIRD Bakery
Bulla Gastrobar
Cane Rosso
Da Mario
Dee Lincoln Prime
Eclair Bistro-McKinney
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
Howard Wang’s
il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar
La Duni Baking Studio
Legends at AT&T Stadium
Legends at Cowboys Club, The Star in Frisco
Legends at Toyota Stadium, Home of FC Dallas
Lockhart Smokehouse
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Nick & Sam’s
Off the Bone Barbeque
Omni Frisco Hotel/Neighborhood Services
Pazzo
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Pink Magnolia
PINSTACK
Salum
Seasons 52 Plano
Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market
Texas de Brazil
The Capital Grille Plano
The Common Table
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar
Zaytinya

Take a moment to relive some of the magic by viewing our photo album. Thank you to our wonderful partners at the Dallas Cowboys for opening up their home for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Star next year!


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January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Remembering Jan Pruitt

January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 


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December 18, 2017
by ntfbadmin

Thanks for Helping Clients like Jury and Marcos!

December 18, 2017
by ntfbadmin

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 


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December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

Things to do in Dallas this December to Help Fight Hunger!

December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


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