December 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join NTFB on #GivingTuesday

December 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Scarlet and her mother Ruth receive food assistance from the NTFB Mobile Pantry program.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that celebrates generosity and the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and world.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we believe that nourished people can create communities that flourish and thrive, and for whole communities to thrive, each neighbor needs to be nourished in many ways. An absolutely critical component of that belief is the acknowledgement that fundamental nourishment comes from nutritious food.

Neighbors like Ruth and her daughter Scarlet need our help to flourish and thrive. Ruth works at a local healthcare clinic that provides free of cost care to underserved neighbors. While her work helps others in need, she and her family often worry about keeping food on their table. The expenses that come with a growing family can create a financial burden for just about anyone. “We always, as a parent, we want to be there for our children all the time,” she shares.

But Ruth receives fresh produce, protein and shelf-stable items from a NTFB Mobile Pantry truck. Her children look forward to the fresh fruit. “They like the bananas and grapes,” she shares. Even as Ruth struggles with hunger, she works to help others struggling in our community. Imagine what might be possible if Ruth and her family overcame hunger. How many more neighbors in our community are like Ruth?

When you support the North Texas Food Bank on #GivingTuesday, your gift will have twice the impact for neighbors like Ruth and her family. Through midnight tonight, Santander Consumer USA Foundation is matching every gift made up to $100,000. That’s two times the nutritious meals for hungry children, seniors and families in North Texas.

Join us today, and make a gift in honor of someone this holiday season, because the gift of nourishment will transform our community. To make a #GivingTuesday gift, visit ntfb.org/givingtuesday or visit the Food Bank Facebook page.

Scarlet and her mother Ruth receive food assistance from the NTFB Mobile Pantry program.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that celebrates generosity and the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and world.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we believe that nourished people can create communities that flourish and thrive, and for whole communities to thrive, each neighbor needs to be nourished in many ways. An absolutely critical component of that belief is the acknowledgement that fundamental nourishment comes from nutritious food.

Neighbors like Ruth and her daughter Scarlet need our help to flourish and thrive. Ruth works at a local healthcare clinic that provides free of cost care to underserved neighbors. While her work helps others in need, she and her family often worry about keeping food on their table. The expenses that come with a growing family can create a financial burden for just about anyone. “We always, as a parent, we want to be there for our children all the time,” she shares.

But Ruth receives fresh produce, protein and shelf-stable items from a NTFB Mobile Pantry truck. Her children look forward to the fresh fruit. “They like the bananas and grapes,” she shares. Even as Ruth struggles with hunger, she works to help others struggling in our community. Imagine what might be possible if Ruth and her family overcame hunger. How many more neighbors in our community are like Ruth?

When you support the North Texas Food Bank on #GivingTuesday, your gift will have twice the impact for neighbors like Ruth and her family. Through midnight tonight, Santander Consumer USA Foundation is matching every gift made up to $100,000. That’s two times the nutritious meals for hungry children, seniors and families in North Texas.

Join us today, and make a gift in honor of someone this holiday season, because the gift of nourishment will transform our community. To make a #GivingTuesday gift, visit ntfb.org/givingtuesday or visit the Food Bank Facebook page.


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November 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Thank You from NTFB

November 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Petra stands beside her groceries from a local West Dallas food pantry. Thanks to the pantry, she received a turkey she’ll cook on Thanksgiving.

During this season of gratitude, at the North Texas Food Bank, we are immeasurably thankful for your support feeding our hungry neighbors. How can we express our appreciation?

“You can’t tell them thank you,” explains Petra. “Because thank you is not enough.”

Petra receives food assistance from a local pantry in her West Dallas neighborhood. With a family of seven all under one roof, they often struggle to keep food on the table. Recently they had to choose between food, and having electricity. For neighbors in need, food is often the first expense cut when faced with adversity.

So Petra is right. Thank you does not seem adequate when expressing our sincere appreciation for your support providing healthy food to hungry children, seniors and families. Your commitment ensures that every day, our NTFB team and vast Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies supplies access to 200,000 nutritious meals. Each meal nourishing a hungry neighbor, providing hope for a better tomorrow.

When thank you seems small, like Petra — we will act out our appreciation. Even with what little she has, she supports her neighbors in need, and has taught her three young children to do the same.

“My door is always open. I don’t care who you are. I have a meal for you,” she says. “That’s why I’m grateful for the pantry, because it helps us.”

To express our appreciation during this Thanksgiving season, and all throughout the year, we will continue onward. We will strive toward our goal of ending hunger by providing more healthy meals to the almost 800,000 food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. With each meal provided, we honor your support by nourishing a neighbor in need. And with that, we thank you.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Petra stands beside her groceries from a local West Dallas food pantry. Thanks to the pantry, she received a turkey she’ll cook on Thanksgiving.

During this season of gratitude, at the North Texas Food Bank, we are immeasurably thankful for your support feeding our hungry neighbors. How can we express our appreciation?

“You can’t tell them thank you,” explains Petra. “Because thank you is not enough.”

Petra receives food assistance from a local pantry in her West Dallas neighborhood. With a family of seven all under one roof, they often struggle to keep food on the table. Recently they had to choose between food, and having electricity. For neighbors in need, food is often the first expense cut when faced with adversity.

So Petra is right. Thank you does not seem adequate when expressing our sincere appreciation for your support providing healthy food to hungry children, seniors and families. Your commitment ensures that every day, our NTFB team and vast Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies supplies access to 200,000 nutritious meals. Each meal nourishing a hungry neighbor, providing hope for a better tomorrow.

When thank you seems small, like Petra — we will act out our appreciation. Even with what little she has, she supports her neighbors in need, and has taught her three young children to do the same.

“My door is always open. I don’t care who you are. I have a meal for you,” she says. “That’s why I’m grateful for the pantry, because it helps us.”

To express our appreciation during this Thanksgiving season, and all throughout the year, we will continue onward. We will strive toward our goal of ending hunger by providing more healthy meals to the almost 800,000 food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. With each meal provided, we honor your support by nourishing a neighbor in need. And with that, we thank you.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


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November 20, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join Ebenezer Scrooge and Support NTFB this Holiday Season

November 20, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Patrick Bilbow (L) and Brandon Potter (R) star in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol; photo by Kim Leeson.

This holiday season, make plans to see the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, and help provide hope for hungry North Texas neighbors. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to once again partner with the Dallas Theater Center for the 12th annual collection drive in conjunction with this hit holiday performance. Throughout the production, starting Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 29, DTC will collect canned goods in the theater’s lobby, and following each performance, cast members will also collect monetary donations.

While this initiative might seem like just a collection of unwanted pantry items, or spare change – it could not be further from that. Since 2007, the Dallas Theater Center has donated more than $750,000 to the Food Bank, equivalent to 2.25 million meals, to help provide nutritious meals for North Texans in need. The combined monetary and canned food donations helps the Food Bank meet the increased need for food assistance during the holidays when the demand often increases.

This year, thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made now through December 31, will be doubled, up to $200,000. This mean that every $1 donated will provide six meals to hunger neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. Even a small contribution goes a long way.

To learn how you can help hungry neighbors in need this holiday season, and all throughout the year, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

To purchase tickets to A Christmas Carol, playing at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, visit www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or call (214) 522-8499.

Patrick Bilbow (L) and Brandon Potter (R) star in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol; photo by Kim Leeson.

This holiday season, make plans to see the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, and help provide hope for hungry North Texas neighbors. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to once again partner with the Dallas Theater Center for the 12th annual collection drive in conjunction with this hit holiday performance. Throughout the production, starting Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 29, DTC will collect canned goods in the theater’s lobby, and following each performance, cast members will also collect monetary donations.

While this initiative might seem like just a collection of unwanted pantry items, or spare change – it could not be further from that. Since 2007, the Dallas Theater Center has donated more than $750,000 to the Food Bank, equivalent to 2.25 million meals, to help provide nutritious meals for North Texans in need. The combined monetary and canned food donations helps the Food Bank meet the increased need for food assistance during the holidays when the demand often increases.

This year, thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made now through December 31, will be doubled, up to $200,000. This mean that every $1 donated will provide six meals to hunger neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. Even a small contribution goes a long way.

To learn how you can help hungry neighbors in need this holiday season, and all throughout the year, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

To purchase tickets to A Christmas Carol, playing at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, visit www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or call (214) 522-8499.


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November 14, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Debra

November 14, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Not too long ago, Debra lived on the streets, and survived meal-to-meal. She now receives food assistance from a local food pantry within the Food Bank’s network of Partner Agencies.

“Homeless and starving.”

Debra didn’t hesitate when asked what prompted her visit to the Marillac Food Pantry operated by NTFB Partner Agency Catholic Charities Dallas. Located just a few miles from Interstate 30 in West Dallas and nestled within the Brady Senior Services Center. Last year, this pantry distributed more than 260,000 pounds of food and served 1,300 families. Many like Debra.

Thanks to a friend who offered her a ride, this is Debra’s first visit. When her disability status changed unexpectedly, Debra struggled to make ends meet. Soon she found herself hungry and homeless.

“I would hang out near gas stations,” said Debra. “Some days I would get lucky, and somebody would pass by, and buy me a hotdog or something.”

Debra now lives with her brother and his three young children. “He can’t afford to feed me, and his crew,” she explains, so their arrangement requires she supply her own food. She moved in just a few months ago, and “as long as I get my own food,” Debra says, “then I’m all right.”

While talking, lively music from down the hall can be heard. Senior neighbors gather here daily for meals, activities and services. Posted just outside the pantry is a flyer for flu shots. The squealing of a cart heavy with food suddenly overpowers the music. A pantry volunteer helps a client guide the cart outside. Today the pantry shelves display bags of fresh carrots, potatoes, peppers, radishes and grapes. Stored in refrigerators nearby are milk and meat. Cardboard boxes filled with food line the back wall. Inside are beans, bags of brown rice and other shelf-stable items.

What food is Debra looking forward to receiving today during her visit?

“Whatever they’ll give me,” she replies lightheartedly.

In North Texas, nearly 800,000 neighbors are food-insecure, and do not know where they will find their next meal. Many are homeless, though most are not. But most, like Debra, welcome whatever food they can receive. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides our hungry neighbors in need with healthy foods that they likely could not obtain otherwise. For Debra, this food not only provides critical nourishment, but ensures she stays off the streets.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

Not too long ago, Debra lived on the streets, and survived meal-to-meal. She now receives food assistance from a local food pantry within the Food Bank’s network of Partner Agencies.

“Homeless and starving.”

Debra didn’t hesitate when asked what prompted her visit to the Marillac Food Pantry operated by NTFB Partner Agency Catholic Charities Dallas. Located just a few miles from Interstate 30 in West Dallas and nestled within the Brady Senior Services Center. Last year, this pantry distributed more than 260,000 pounds of food and served 1,300 families. Many like Debra.

Thanks to a friend who offered her a ride, this is Debra’s first visit. When her disability status changed unexpectedly, Debra struggled to make ends meet. Soon she found herself hungry and homeless.

“I would hang out near gas stations,” said Debra. “Some days I would get lucky, and somebody would pass by, and buy me a hotdog or something.”

Debra now lives with her brother and his three young children. “He can’t afford to feed me, and his crew,” she explains, so their arrangement requires she supply her own food. She moved in just a few months ago, and “as long as I get my own food,” Debra says, “then I’m all right.”

While talking, lively music from down the hall can be heard. Senior neighbors gather here daily for meals, activities and services. Posted just outside the pantry is a flyer for flu shots. The squealing of a cart heavy with food suddenly overpowers the music. A pantry volunteer helps a client guide the cart outside. Today the pantry shelves display bags of fresh carrots, potatoes, peppers, radishes and grapes. Stored in refrigerators nearby are milk and meat. Cardboard boxes filled with food line the back wall. Inside are beans, bags of brown rice and other shelf-stable items.

What food is Debra looking forward to receiving today during her visit?

“Whatever they’ll give me,” she replies lightheartedly.

In North Texas, nearly 800,000 neighbors are food-insecure, and do not know where they will find their next meal. Many are homeless, though most are not. But most, like Debra, welcome whatever food they can receive. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides our hungry neighbors in need with healthy foods that they likely could not obtain otherwise. For Debra, this food not only provides critical nourishment, but ensures she stays off the streets.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

The Face of Hunger

November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Do you know the face of hunger?

This holiday season, the North Texas Food Bank launched The Face of Hunger giving campaign to raise awareness regarding the many faces of hunger. With nearly 800,000 neighbors residing in food-insecure households, the face of hunger is all around. Maybe in the house down the street, at a nearby childcare center or school, possibly in the office across the hall – you likely know the face of hunger. In our community, individuals who don’t know where or how they will find their next meal could be a neighbor, colleague or classmate.

Hunger is not bound by race, color, creed, age or socio-economic level, and can affect anyone. For that reason, the campaign features images that reflect this diversity, emphasizing that hunger does not discriminate. The campaign runs through December 31, and aims to strengthen support during the holidays when the need for food assistance increases. Our neighbors in need don’t have to spend the holiday season, or any day of the year, facing hunger.

Thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made during the campaign will be doubled, up to $200,000. That means $1 provides six meals. Your support provides hungry neighbors with fresh produce, proteins and shelf-stable items, and ensures they will find food on their tables during a season when most gather for special meals with friends and family.

During these last few months of 2019, take a moment and remember – the face of hunger is likely closer than you think, and when you see the face of hunger, you face hunger. This holiday season, and all throughout the year, join the Food Bank in facing and fighting hunger.

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.

Do you know the face of hunger?

This holiday season, the North Texas Food Bank launched The Face of Hunger giving campaign to raise awareness regarding the many faces of hunger. With nearly 800,000 neighbors residing in food-insecure households, the face of hunger is all around. Maybe in the house down the street, at a nearby childcare center or school, possibly in the office across the hall – you likely know the face of hunger. In our community, individuals who don’t know where or how they will find their next meal could be a neighbor, colleague or classmate.

Hunger is not bound by race, color, creed, age or socio-economic level, and can affect anyone. For that reason, the campaign features images that reflect this diversity, emphasizing that hunger does not discriminate. The campaign runs through December 31, and aims to strengthen support during the holidays when the need for food assistance increases. Our neighbors in need don’t have to spend the holiday season, or any day of the year, facing hunger.

Thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made during the campaign will be doubled, up to $200,000. That means $1 provides six meals. Your support provides hungry neighbors with fresh produce, proteins and shelf-stable items, and ensures they will find food on their tables during a season when most gather for special meals with friends and family.

During these last few months of 2019, take a moment and remember – the face of hunger is likely closer than you think, and when you see the face of hunger, you face hunger. This holiday season, and all throughout the year, join the Food Bank in facing and fighting hunger.

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.


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October 29, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

NTFB Provides a Rapid Response for North Texas Neighbors Affected by Storms

October 29, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Volunteers from Texas Instruments worked with Food Bank staff members to make door-to-door deliveries of relief packs and snack boxes to storm victims in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

A week and a half has passed since nearly a dozen tornadoes ravaged North Texas, leaving a trail of debris and severely damaged homes and businesses. At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by this storm. As many begin the overwhelming process of shifting through the wreckage that was once home, the Food Bank is committed to extending food assistance to our neighbors in need. During the critical time following a major disaster, the Food Bank works collaboratively with fellow service-providers to ensure real-time assistance to our North Texas community.

For far too many in our community, the recent storm inflicted significant structural damage that prevented access to vehicles, and even with access, debris filled their streets, prohibiting travel. Thousands were without water or electricity, and with a power outage, and a pantry obliterated by high winds, finding food becomes a serious task. The Food Bank’s unique role during this time is to immediately provide food and beverages because our neighbors who have suffered greatly – should not also suffer from hunger. The Food Bank mobilized distributions of disaster relief packs and snack boxes to our network of partners who are on the front lines, working to help North Texans in need. In addition, the Food Bank’s fleet of mobile pantry trucks delivered assistance to several areas of need, with volunteers also making door-to-door distributions.

If you are interested in helping the Food Bank as we work to provide for our community, we strongly encourage you to consider donating on our website, or to host your own canned food drive to help collect non-perishable food. Thousands of our neighbors have suffered major damage to their homes and businesses, lost all perishable food and now face an unforeseen financial burden. To help the North Texas Food Bank help our neighbors in need, and empower our ability to provide a rapid response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. The collective support from our community is more critical now than ever.

Volunteers from Texas Instruments worked with Food Bank staff members to make door-to-door deliveries of relief packs and snack boxes to storm victims in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

A week and a half has passed since nearly a dozen tornadoes ravaged North Texas, leaving a trail of debris and severely damaged homes and businesses. At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by this storm. As many begin the overwhelming process of shifting through the wreckage that was once home, the Food Bank is committed to extending food assistance to our neighbors in need. During the critical time following a major disaster, the Food Bank works collaboratively with fellow service-providers to ensure real-time assistance to our North Texas community.

For far too many in our community, the recent storm inflicted significant structural damage that prevented access to vehicles, and even with access, debris filled their streets, prohibiting travel. Thousands were without water or electricity, and with a power outage, and a pantry obliterated by high winds, finding food becomes a serious task. The Food Bank’s unique role during this time is to immediately provide food and beverages because our neighbors who have suffered greatly – should not also suffer from hunger. The Food Bank mobilized distributions of disaster relief packs and snack boxes to our network of partners who are on the front lines, working to help North Texans in need. In addition, the Food Bank’s fleet of mobile pantry trucks delivered assistance to several areas of need, with volunteers also making door-to-door distributions.

If you are interested in helping the Food Bank as we work to provide for our community, we strongly encourage you to consider donating on our website, or to host your own canned food drive to help collect non-perishable food. Thousands of our neighbors have suffered major damage to their homes and businesses, lost all perishable food and now face an unforeseen financial burden. To help the North Texas Food Bank help our neighbors in need, and empower our ability to provide a rapid response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. The collective support from our community is more critical now than ever.


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October 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Top NTFB Volunteers and Supporters Honored at 12th Annual Golden Fork Award Ceremony

October 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Golden Fork Award winners, L-R: Danny Flores, H-E-B/Central Market and Mabrie Jackson, H-E-B/Central Market – Corporation of the Year; Lonnie Pollock IV, Pollock/Orora and Lonnie Pollock III, Pollock/Orora – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach – Jan Pruitt Legacy Award; Dave Arrington – Tom Black Volunteer of the Year; Chamalee Diaz, HelloFresh – Retail Partner of the Year; Lyda Hill – Lifetime Achievement Award; Catie Enrico – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; and Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.

Look behind the scenes at the North Texas Food Bank and discover the heart of our community. You’ll see individuals, foundation and corporate friends and a vast feeding network of more than 200 Partner Agencies, joined together with Food Bank staff members to provide food assistance to our neighbors in need. Unified by the belief that no one deserves to be hungry, this army of hunger fighters is nourishing North Texas and proving that together, our community can overcome hunger.

Recently, the Food Bank honored top volunteers at the 12th annual Golden Fork Award ceremony. These awards are presented each year to supporters and volunteers who have exemplified commitment and dedication to hunger relief in North Texas. Past recipients have included Chef Kent Rathbun, the Dallas Theater Center, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Toyota and the Hillcrest Foundation.

The following were honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus:

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

A true Texas institution, H‑E‑B has provided more than groceries to the Lone Star State throughout its tenure, and hunger relief has been a key focus since day one. For more than a century, H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the communities it serves has been an important part of the way the company does business. As a NTFB Food Industry Partner, H‑E‑B has supported many food bank initiatives throughout the years. From ongoing food donations, to including regular reclamation loads, peanut butter for our Collin County Peanut Butter Drive and a full truckload of cereal in honor of Hunger Action Month, H‑E‑B has provided invaluable support to our critical work feeding our North Texas neighbors. Over the years, H-E-B has donated more than 32 million pounds of food to Texas and Mexico food banks, equal to more than 25 million meals.

Hunger Ambassadors of the Year: Catie Enrico and Pollock/Orora

Catie Enrico

Serving her community has long been a priority to Catie Enrico, Vice President of the Enrico Foundation, which honors the legacy of her recently deceased father-in-law Roger Enrico and his wife Rosemary. When she joined the Food Bank as chair of the annual Letter Writing Campaign in 2017, she set her sights on providing more healthy meals to children in need. As chair, Catie fearlessly led this campaign for two years, and under her tenure, the Letter Writing Campaign thrived! In her first year as chair – the campaign not only met its annual goal but exceeded it – a more than 69 percent increase from the previous year. Because of her leadership, the Letter Writing Campaign is positioned for continued success, and Catie helped advance awareness regarding the need for more nutritious foods for our North Texas children.

Pollock/Orora

For more than 100 years, the Pollock name has been a staple in our North Texas community, creating solutions for everyday business needs. It will come as no surprise that the Pollock family, the Pollock/Orora company and its employees are all passionate about solving an everyday issue that impacts our community – hunger. Pollock joined the Food Bank in our fight against hunger in 2006, and made critical investments of their time, resources and financial contributions – all toward advancing the future of hunger relief work in a way that only Pollock can do. Their strategic investment established our southern hub that is now known as The Pollock Campus at Cockrell Hill Road. This year, Pollock/Orora went above and beyond in their commitment to close the hunger gap. From Food Bank event sponsorships, providing trucks and other resources to help us make our move to this new facility, volunteering at the Perot Family Campus and at various Partner Agencies and holding an employee giving campaign that resulted in record support, Pollock truly is a hunger ambassador in every possible way.

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

Dave is a servant leader who is often found behind-the-scenes at major NTFB happenings, often doing the least desirable work – moving supplies or sorting through surplus. And, he does it without being asked. He just knows what must be done and steps in. Dave made it a top priority to welcome volunteers to the new Perot Family Campus and led the way alongside staff in developing NTFB’s “Kernel” Program, designed to develop new volunteer leaders. His heart shines through his hands and his unwavering commitment to serving neighbors in need demonstrates his generous spirit.

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

HelloFresh, the leading global meal kit provider, was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to the best ingredients and knowledge on how to cook them. For the past four years, through weekly in-store pick-ups, HelloFresh has provided NTFB with fresh produce and other nutritious foods for food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. Even with their explosive growth, providing nutritious foods to neighbors in need remains a top priority. Since establishing the partnership, HelloFresh has provided nearly 3.5 million pounds of food to help feed hungry North Texans.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill has shown transformational support for NTFB’s work in closing the hunger gap. The Foundation generously supported NTFB’s capital campaign, and most recently, made an investment in the purchase of a warehouse management system to help ensure NTFB has the critical infrastructure in place to continue providing nutritious food in North Texas as long as needed. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with NTFB and Feeding Texas to research the utilization of secondary market fruits and vegetables produced in Texas. The study found that in Texas alone, food banks capture 1/5 of the more than 350 million pounds of available secondary market fruits and vegetables. This discovery led to the creation of the Collaborative for Fresh Produce, a co-op that helps with produce distribution to food banks throughout the state.

Jan Pruitt Legacy Award: Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach

This award honors NTFB’s late CEO Jan Pruitt, who had a passion for helping her neighbors in need. The award was created in her memory three years ago.

In 1992, Teresa was a single mother of three boys and needed help. She sought assistance from her local food pantry and was met with people who made her feel helpless and ashamed. She found her calling in this life experience. In 1999, she founded Sharing Life Community Outreach in Mesquite, a Food Bank Partner Agency now considered a well-respected non-profit organization that helps meet the needs of food-insecure North Texans. Sharing Life operates a client choice food pantry, provides rental and utility assistance, financial empowerment training, gently used clothing and medical equipment in a loving and compassionate environment. In 2016, Sharing Life became an official Food Bank hub, operating like a mini Food Bank and distributing food from NTFB to 60 food pantries.

Our work at the North Texas Food Bank providing nutritious food to our neighbors in need would not be possible without the selfless, hard work from these compassionate individuals and organizations.

To learn more about how you can support the Food Bank and join our army of hunger fighters, visit ntfb.org.

To view all photos from the event, click here.

Golden Fork Award winners, L-R: Danny Flores, H-E-B/Central Market and Mabrie Jackson, H-E-B/Central Market – Corporation of the Year; Lonnie Pollock IV, Pollock/Orora and Lonnie Pollock III, Pollock/Orora – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach – Jan Pruitt Legacy Award; Dave Arrington – Tom Black Volunteer of the Year; Chamalee Diaz, HelloFresh – Retail Partner of the Year; Lyda Hill – Lifetime Achievement Award; Catie Enrico – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; and Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.

Look behind the scenes at the North Texas Food Bank and discover the heart of our community. You’ll see individuals, foundation and corporate friends and a vast feeding network of more than 200 Partner Agencies, joined together with Food Bank staff members to provide food assistance to our neighbors in need. Unified by the belief that no one deserves to be hungry, this army of hunger fighters is nourishing North Texas and proving that together, our community can overcome hunger.

Recently, the Food Bank honored top volunteers at the 12th annual Golden Fork Award ceremony. These awards are presented each year to supporters and volunteers who have exemplified commitment and dedication to hunger relief in North Texas. Past recipients have included Chef Kent Rathbun, the Dallas Theater Center, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Toyota and the Hillcrest Foundation.

The following were honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus:

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

A true Texas institution, H‑E‑B has provided more than groceries to the Lone Star State throughout its tenure, and hunger relief has been a key focus since day one. For more than a century, H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the communities it serves has been an important part of the way the company does business. As a NTFB Food Industry Partner, H‑E‑B has supported many food bank initiatives throughout the years. From ongoing food donations, to including regular reclamation loads, peanut butter for our Collin County Peanut Butter Drive and a full truckload of cereal in honor of Hunger Action Month, H‑E‑B has provided invaluable support to our critical work feeding our North Texas neighbors. Over the years, H-E-B has donated more than 32 million pounds of food to Texas and Mexico food banks, equal to more than 25 million meals.

Hunger Ambassadors of the Year: Catie Enrico and Pollock/Orora

Catie Enrico

Serving her community has long been a priority to Catie Enrico, Vice President of the Enrico Foundation, which honors the legacy of her recently deceased father-in-law Roger Enrico and his wife Rosemary. When she joined the Food Bank as chair of the annual Letter Writing Campaign in 2017, she set her sights on providing more healthy meals to children in need. As chair, Catie fearlessly led this campaign for two years, and under her tenure, the Letter Writing Campaign thrived! In her first year as chair – the campaign not only met its annual goal but exceeded it – a more than 69 percent increase from the previous year. Because of her leadership, the Letter Writing Campaign is positioned for continued success, and Catie helped advance awareness regarding the need for more nutritious foods for our North Texas children.

Pollock/Orora

For more than 100 years, the Pollock name has been a staple in our North Texas community, creating solutions for everyday business needs. It will come as no surprise that the Pollock family, the Pollock/Orora company and its employees are all passionate about solving an everyday issue that impacts our community – hunger. Pollock joined the Food Bank in our fight against hunger in 2006, and made critical investments of their time, resources and financial contributions – all toward advancing the future of hunger relief work in a way that only Pollock can do. Their strategic investment established our southern hub that is now known as The Pollock Campus at Cockrell Hill Road. This year, Pollock/Orora went above and beyond in their commitment to close the hunger gap. From Food Bank event sponsorships, providing trucks and other resources to help us make our move to this new facility, volunteering at the Perot Family Campus and at various Partner Agencies and holding an employee giving campaign that resulted in record support, Pollock truly is a hunger ambassador in every possible way.

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

Dave is a servant leader who is often found behind-the-scenes at major NTFB happenings, often doing the least desirable work – moving supplies or sorting through surplus. And, he does it without being asked. He just knows what must be done and steps in. Dave made it a top priority to welcome volunteers to the new Perot Family Campus and led the way alongside staff in developing NTFB’s “Kernel” Program, designed to develop new volunteer leaders. His heart shines through his hands and his unwavering commitment to serving neighbors in need demonstrates his generous spirit.

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

HelloFresh, the leading global meal kit provider, was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to the best ingredients and knowledge on how to cook them. For the past four years, through weekly in-store pick-ups, HelloFresh has provided NTFB with fresh produce and other nutritious foods for food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. Even with their explosive growth, providing nutritious foods to neighbors in need remains a top priority. Since establishing the partnership, HelloFresh has provided nearly 3.5 million pounds of food to help feed hungry North Texans.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill has shown transformational support for NTFB’s work in closing the hunger gap. The Foundation generously supported NTFB’s capital campaign, and most recently, made an investment in the purchase of a warehouse management system to help ensure NTFB has the critical infrastructure in place to continue providing nutritious food in North Texas as long as needed. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with NTFB and Feeding Texas to research the utilization of secondary market fruits and vegetables produced in Texas. The study found that in Texas alone, food banks capture 1/5 of the more than 350 million pounds of available secondary market fruits and vegetables. This discovery led to the creation of the Collaborative for Fresh Produce, a co-op that helps with produce distribution to food banks throughout the state.

Jan Pruitt Legacy Award: Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach

This award honors NTFB’s late CEO Jan Pruitt, who had a passion for helping her neighbors in need. The award was created in her memory three years ago.

In 1992, Teresa was a single mother of three boys and needed help. She sought assistance from her local food pantry and was met with people who made her feel helpless and ashamed. She found her calling in this life experience. In 1999, she founded Sharing Life Community Outreach in Mesquite, a Food Bank Partner Agency now considered a well-respected non-profit organization that helps meet the needs of food-insecure North Texans. Sharing Life operates a client choice food pantry, provides rental and utility assistance, financial empowerment training, gently used clothing and medical equipment in a loving and compassionate environment. In 2016, Sharing Life became an official Food Bank hub, operating like a mini Food Bank and distributing food from NTFB to 60 food pantries.

Our work at the North Texas Food Bank providing nutritious food to our neighbors in need would not be possible without the selfless, hard work from these compassionate individuals and organizations.

To learn more about how you can support the Food Bank and join our army of hunger fighters, visit ntfb.org.

To view all photos from the event, click here.


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October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  

Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  


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October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Partner Agency Spotlight: Metrocrest Services

October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.

Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.


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September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

Status of Hunger in North Texas

September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham
Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

Trisha Cunningham is President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a $130 million nonprofit leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 41,000 volunteers work with more than 200 partner agencies from the NTFB Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million meals annually across a diverse 13-county service area. For more than 30 years, Trisha has served her community in various capacities, most recently as Chief Citizenship Officer at Texas Instruments (TI). Her commitment to nourishing her neighbors is evident in her vast civic involvement, and when she is not volunteering her time in the community, she can be found spending time with her family. 

Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

Trisha Cunningham is President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a $130 million nonprofit leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 41,000 volunteers work with more than 200 partner agencies from the NTFB Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million meals annually across a diverse 13-county service area. For more than 30 years, Trisha has served her community in various capacities, most recently as Chief Citizenship Officer at Texas Instruments (TI). Her commitment to nourishing her neighbors is evident in her vast civic involvement, and when she is not volunteering her time in the community, she can be found spending time with her family. 


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