December 03, 2015
by Becca Hummel

Things to do this December to Fight Hunger

December 03, 2015
by Becca Hummel

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This giving season, there’s plenty of things to do to give back to the community! Whether by making a donation through our Holiday Giving Guide, volunteering, or participating in one of the events below, make sure you don’t miss out of the many opportunities to fight hunger during the holidays!


Dallas Theater Center Presents: A Christmas Carol: November 25th through December 26thDTC FY16 ACC15 Family Saver pic of Cratchits

The must-see family tradition that marks the beginning of Dallas’ holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a critically acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. The Dallas Morning News proclaimed this transcendent, all-ages musical treat “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.” Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! Last year, show patrons provided access to more than 225,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community. For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org


Whole Foods: December 1st through 15th

Help fight hunger by shopping at Whole Foods this month! Share the holiday cheer by making a donation at the register to support the North Texas Food bank. To find your nearest Whole Foods, click here.


Bringing Hope to the Table: All December

Giving back to the community has never been easier thanks to the Bringing Hope to the Table campaign. Visit their website and share their post via social media. Kroger will donate 50 meals for every social media post you make through the campaign!


M Crowd: All December

All Dallas Mi Cocina and Taco Diner locations

Eat, give and be merry! From November 27 through December 31, purchase a $100 Mi Cocina or Taco Diner gift card and they’ll make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.


Santa Claus at Half Price Books: December 4 – 20, 2015

5803 East Northwest Highway, Dallas

HPB is full of excitement because Santa Claus is coming to our Flagship store in Dallas! In keeping with Christmastime traditions, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will be making appearances at the Half Price Books located at 5803 East Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas. Bring the whole family – Fido, too – for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Donations appreciated and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

For dates and times or more information, visit the Half Price Books website.


Santa Days at The Plaza at Preston Center: December 5, 12 & 19

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8300 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza for Santa Days on December 5, 12, & 19, 2015. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family from 11 am to 4 pm and take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer John Hudson. To date, The Plaza has raised more than $30,000 on behalf of North Texas Food Bank through Santa Days and looks forward to continuing this partnership during Santa Days 2015.


#Kissandtella Challengekissandtella

Take part in the Kiss and Tella challenge this month by visiting www.kissandtella.com and downloading the mistletoe image onto your phone. Hold it over your head and snap a picture of someone kissing you under the mistletoe! Post the picture on social media using the #kissandtella tag and tag your friends to participate in the mistletoe challenge. To complete, you can make a donation at www.kissandtella.com.

You can also take part by visiting the Kiss and Tella booth at Highland Park Village and purchasing some real mistletoe! Highland Park Village will match every dollar made at the stand, and proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Click here for dates and times of the Highland Park Village mistletoe sales. 


31st Annual Treats of Christmas: December 19th

Visit NorthPark Center for the 31st annual holiday bake sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 19. Treats of Christmas is presented by the Texas Chefs Association and features local chefs selling gourmet treats including cakes, pies, cookies and other tasty desserts. Proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program. Cooking Matters gives local families the skills and knowledge to prepare healthy meals.

For more information or to make a baked donation to the event, please contact the Texas Chefs Association.

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This giving season, there’s plenty of things to do to give back to the community! Whether by making a donation through our Holiday Giving Guide, volunteering, or participating in one of the events below, make sure you don’t miss out of the many opportunities to fight hunger during the holidays!


Dallas Theater Center Presents: A Christmas Carol: November 25th through December 26thDTC FY16 ACC15 Family Saver pic of Cratchits

The must-see family tradition that marks the beginning of Dallas’ holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a critically acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. The Dallas Morning News proclaimed this transcendent, all-ages musical treat “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.” Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! Last year, show patrons provided access to more than 225,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community. For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org


Whole Foods: December 1st through 15th

Help fight hunger by shopping at Whole Foods this month! Share the holiday cheer by making a donation at the register to support the North Texas Food bank. To find your nearest Whole Foods, click here.


Bringing Hope to the Table: All December

Giving back to the community has never been easier thanks to the Bringing Hope to the Table campaign. Visit their website and share their post via social media. Kroger will donate 50 meals for every social media post you make through the campaign!


M Crowd: All December

All Dallas Mi Cocina and Taco Diner locations

Eat, give and be merry! From November 27 through December 31, purchase a $100 Mi Cocina or Taco Diner gift card and they’ll make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.


Santa Claus at Half Price Books: December 4 – 20, 2015

5803 East Northwest Highway, Dallas

HPB is full of excitement because Santa Claus is coming to our Flagship store in Dallas! In keeping with Christmastime traditions, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will be making appearances at the Half Price Books located at 5803 East Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas. Bring the whole family – Fido, too – for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Donations appreciated and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

For dates and times or more information, visit the Half Price Books website.


Santa Days at The Plaza at Preston Center: December 5, 12 & 19

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
8300 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza for Santa Days on December 5, 12, & 19, 2015. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family from 11 am to 4 pm and take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer John Hudson. To date, The Plaza has raised more than $30,000 on behalf of North Texas Food Bank through Santa Days and looks forward to continuing this partnership during Santa Days 2015.


#Kissandtella Challengekissandtella

Take part in the Kiss and Tella challenge this month by visiting www.kissandtella.com and downloading the mistletoe image onto your phone. Hold it over your head and snap a picture of someone kissing you under the mistletoe! Post the picture on social media using the #kissandtella tag and tag your friends to participate in the mistletoe challenge. To complete, you can make a donation at www.kissandtella.com.

You can also take part by visiting the Kiss and Tella booth at Highland Park Village and purchasing some real mistletoe! Highland Park Village will match every dollar made at the stand, and proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Click here for dates and times of the Highland Park Village mistletoe sales. 


31st Annual Treats of Christmas: December 19th

Visit NorthPark Center for the 31st annual holiday bake sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 19. Treats of Christmas is presented by the Texas Chefs Association and features local chefs selling gourmet treats including cakes, pies, cookies and other tasty desserts. Proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program. Cooking Matters gives local families the skills and knowledge to prepare healthy meals.

For more information or to make a baked donation to the event, please contact the Texas Chefs Association.


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November 23, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Bird Flu & Turkey Distribution

November 23, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Earlier this year, our food sourcing team learned about the impact the bird flu would have on our holiday turkey distribution. More to the point, we learned that the turkey supply would be significantly smaller than last year, and that less supply would force a substantial price increase, so we made a decision.

Faced with the prospect of distributing fewer turkeys, we employed a bit of creative thinking that, in the end, is a benefit to our Partner Agencies and those they serve. After discussing options using our food sourcing channels, we came upon the perfect solution: ordering 7.5 pound roasting hens instead of turkeys.

Not only do many of our clients prefer a smaller bird — because it’s easier to roast and fits in most standard ovens — but we are able to distribute 40 percent more pounds of poultry this holiday season. And roasting hens can be dressed much like a traditional Thanksgiving turkey. A winning solution!

In addition to the roasting hens that we purchase thanks to your donations, many civic and educational supporters are coming together collect frozen turkeys and chickens, as well as monetary donations to help us feed families in need this holiday season. Their efforts, combined with monetary donations and food donations from virtual and canned food drives, will surely make the holidays brighter for families across North Texas.

As the spirit of the season kicks in, I’m reminded that the traditions of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and others you may celebrate) are less about what is being served, and more about the community of people who are around it.

We thank you, our supporters, for your unwavering encouragement. It is with your drive and participation that we are able to continue our commitment to provide hunger relief to those in need in North Texas.


Jan Pruitt is the President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank and the Board Chair for Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. Follow Jan on Twitter  and Facebook.

Earlier this year, our food sourcing team learned about the impact the bird flu would have on our holiday turkey distribution. More to the point, we learned that the turkey supply would be significantly smaller than last year, and that less supply would force a substantial price increase, so we made a decision.

Faced with the prospect of distributing fewer turkeys, we employed a bit of creative thinking that, in the end, is a benefit to our Partner Agencies and those they serve. After discussing options using our food sourcing channels, we came upon the perfect solution: ordering 7.5 pound roasting hens instead of turkeys.

Not only do many of our clients prefer a smaller bird — because it’s easier to roast and fits in most standard ovens — but we are able to distribute 40 percent more pounds of poultry this holiday season. And roasting hens can be dressed much like a traditional Thanksgiving turkey. A winning solution!

In addition to the roasting hens that we purchase thanks to your donations, many civic and educational supporters are coming together collect frozen turkeys and chickens, as well as monetary donations to help us feed families in need this holiday season. Their efforts, combined with monetary donations and food donations from virtual and canned food drives, will surely make the holidays brighter for families across North Texas.

As the spirit of the season kicks in, I’m reminded that the traditions of the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and others you may celebrate) are less about what is being served, and more about the community of people who are around it.

We thank you, our supporters, for your unwavering encouragement. It is with your drive and participation that we are able to continue our commitment to provide hunger relief to those in need in North Texas.


Jan Pruitt is the President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank and the Board Chair for Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. Follow Jan on Twitter  and Facebook.


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November 03, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

November 03, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

There’s no shortage of things to do to fight hunger and have fun in Dallas this November!

Studio Movie Grill: Fight Against Hunger: October 23rd through November 25th

10% of the proceeds raised from online sales of Hunger Games-themed digital gift cards will benefit NTFB. Gift cards make great holiday offerings and will be available online from October 23 – November 25 at www.studiomoviegrill.com.

Liberty Burger “Give Back Burger”: all November

Each month at the 5 locations located in the Dallas area (Keller Springs, Forest, Lakewood, Richardson, Allen) have a special burger of the month. We call this the Give Back Burger. Every Give Back Burger we sell we give back $1 to the Charity of the Month! For the month of November we hope to give back to North Texas Food Bank. The Featured Burger of the Month benefiting NTFB is “The Bach Burger.” For more information visit www.givemelibertyburger.com.

Dallas Arboretum Canned Food Drive:  November 2nd through November 6th

From Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6, visit the Dallas Arboretum and support NTFB by bringing a canned food item.  For every canned food item you bring, you’ll receive $1 off your general admission ticket (up to $5 off with 5 canned food items).  All cans will be donated to NTFB at the end of the promotion to help fight hunger for children, seniors and families in our community this holiday season.

Trinity River Run: November 14th

The Trinity River Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run happens November 14th, 2015. Grab your friends, dress up in your craziest costume and experience the beauty of the Trinity River in Dallas. Finish steps away from the groovy restaurants at Trinity Groves and celebrate at the post-race party with free beer, photos, a finisher award, costume contest and vendor giveaways. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Learn more here. 

Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament: November 22nd

Are you the athletic type? Join LoneStar SSC as they kick hunger to the curb at their Fourth Annual Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament. On November 21, participating teams will compete in a day long tournament to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. To register your team, click here!

Day of Giving Thanks: November 22nd

Join Kutumba Yoga on Sunday, November 22 to show gratitude by giving back to the community!  Kutumba Yoga is inviting folks to join them for a day of yoga, meditation, self-care demonstrations, and more with a focus on gratitude and ending hunger worldwide!  You are also encouraged to fast for the day to remember those who have little, and donate what you would have spent on food to the North Texas Food Bank! – Click here to see more.

Dallas Theater Center Presents: A Christmas Carol: November 25th through December 26th

The must-see family tradition that marks the beginning of Dallas’ holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a critically acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. The Dallas Morning News proclaimed this transcendent, all-ages musical treat “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.” Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! Last year, show patrons provided access to more than 225,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community. For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

There’s no shortage of things to do to fight hunger and have fun in Dallas this November!

Studio Movie Grill: Fight Against Hunger: October 23rd through November 25th

10% of the proceeds raised from online sales of Hunger Games-themed digital gift cards will benefit NTFB. Gift cards make great holiday offerings and will be available online from October 23 – November 25 at www.studiomoviegrill.com.

Liberty Burger “Give Back Burger”: all November

Each month at the 5 locations located in the Dallas area (Keller Springs, Forest, Lakewood, Richardson, Allen) have a special burger of the month. We call this the Give Back Burger. Every Give Back Burger we sell we give back $1 to the Charity of the Month! For the month of November we hope to give back to North Texas Food Bank. The Featured Burger of the Month benefiting NTFB is “The Bach Burger.” For more information visit www.givemelibertyburger.com.

Dallas Arboretum Canned Food Drive:  November 2nd through November 6th

From Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6, visit the Dallas Arboretum and support NTFB by bringing a canned food item.  For every canned food item you bring, you’ll receive $1 off your general admission ticket (up to $5 off with 5 canned food items).  All cans will be donated to NTFB at the end of the promotion to help fight hunger for children, seniors and families in our community this holiday season.

Trinity River Run: November 14th

The Trinity River Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run happens November 14th, 2015. Grab your friends, dress up in your craziest costume and experience the beauty of the Trinity River in Dallas. Finish steps away from the groovy restaurants at Trinity Groves and celebrate at the post-race party with free beer, photos, a finisher award, costume contest and vendor giveaways. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Learn more here. 

Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament: November 22nd

Are you the athletic type? Join LoneStar SSC as they kick hunger to the curb at their Fourth Annual Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament. On November 21, participating teams will compete in a day long tournament to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. To register your team, click here!

Day of Giving Thanks: November 22nd

Join Kutumba Yoga on Sunday, November 22 to show gratitude by giving back to the community!  Kutumba Yoga is inviting folks to join them for a day of yoga, meditation, self-care demonstrations, and more with a focus on gratitude and ending hunger worldwide!  You are also encouraged to fast for the day to remember those who have little, and donate what you would have spent on food to the North Texas Food Bank! – Click here to see more.

Dallas Theater Center Presents: A Christmas Carol: November 25th through December 26th

The must-see family tradition that marks the beginning of Dallas’ holiday season, A Christmas Carol is a critically acclaimed, delightfully reimagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic. The Dallas Morning News proclaimed this transcendent, all-ages musical treat “socially conscious… and theatrically spectacular.” Join us as Scrooge returns to the Wyly Theatre, where the audience will be surrounded by magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor and snow falling on everyone, bringing this timeless story to vivid new life. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! Last year, show patrons provided access to more than 225,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our community. For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org.


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October 26, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Call Congress Today to Improve Child Nutrition!

October 26, 2015
by Diana Carranza


Call Congress today - oct. 26Call your representatives to help us improve child nutrition programs!

The Senate Agricultural Committee is presently working on a child nutrition bill. We need to ensure that the bill invests in and improves child nutrition programs so that children can have access to the healthy food they need. We need your help to keep the pressure on Congress to make sure that children’s health is their top priority.

Time is running out to pass this child nutrition bill, and so we are organizing advocates such as yourself to put the pressure on Congress.

Congress only addresses child nutrition programs once every five years; we can’t miss this opportunity to improve the programs that help our nation’s kids get the nutritious food they need to thrive.

It’s time for Congress to get to work. Join us in urging Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill for our kids!

Call Congress Today!

Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Just dial Feeding America’s toll free number, (888) 398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.
  2. Connect to your Senator first and enter your zip code.
  3. Once you are connected to your first Senator, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  4. Let them know you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization and deliver this important message:

As your constituent and a supporter of the North Texas Food Bank, please help pass a strong child nutrition bill. Too many children in my county are not getting the nutritious food they need, and Congress can’t let the opportunity to improve these programs pass us by. These programs have a history of strong bi-partisan support. I urge you to pass a strong child nutrition bill this year that strengthens the programs so children have the fuel they need to grow up healthy and succeed.

  1. Be sure to dial back in so you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
  2. Help us spread the word by sharing and posting on social media using #CNR2015

Spread the Word
Help us spread the word by sharing with your local networks and on social media!


Call Congress today - oct. 26Call your representatives to help us improve child nutrition programs!

The Senate Agricultural Committee is presently working on a child nutrition bill. We need to ensure that the bill invests in and improves child nutrition programs so that children can have access to the healthy food they need. We need your help to keep the pressure on Congress to make sure that children’s health is their top priority.

Time is running out to pass this child nutrition bill, and so we are organizing advocates such as yourself to put the pressure on Congress.

Congress only addresses child nutrition programs once every five years; we can’t miss this opportunity to improve the programs that help our nation’s kids get the nutritious food they need to thrive.

It’s time for Congress to get to work. Join us in urging Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill for our kids!

Call Congress Today!

Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:

  1. Just dial Feeding America’s toll free number, (888) 398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.
  2. Connect to your Senator first and enter your zip code.
  3. Once you are connected to your first Senator, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  4. Let them know you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization and deliver this important message:

As your constituent and a supporter of the North Texas Food Bank, please help pass a strong child nutrition bill. Too many children in my county are not getting the nutritious food they need, and Congress can’t let the opportunity to improve these programs pass us by. These programs have a history of strong bi-partisan support. I urge you to pass a strong child nutrition bill this year that strengthens the programs so children have the fuel they need to grow up healthy and succeed.

  1. Be sure to dial back in so you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
  2. Help us spread the word by sharing and posting on social media using #CNR2015

Spread the Word
Help us spread the word by sharing with your local networks and on social media!


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September 30, 2015
by Andy Stoker

Deepening our awareness through the SNAP Challenge

September 30, 2015
by Andy Stoker

Andy Stoker

I believe we can be the ones to end hunger in our lifetime.

For the third year in a row, I participated in the SNAP Challenge, and, not only me, but my family and my congregation at First United Methodist Church, Dallas. This kind of challenge is not uncommon for many faithful persons. Fasting across the world’s religious landscape is a practice to more deeply connect with the Divine. The difference with the SNAP Challenge is that it is a kind of fast that helped me to more deeply connect with my neighbors. Although it is only one week, it is a way of raising awareness of what so many live every week.

Deepening our awareness is the precursor to action. The work of the North Texas Food Bank and all of its partners certainly appreciate our own awareness of those living at the hunger line, but action is what is needed. Far beyond a week of living on $29, our neighbors need us to:

Donate our time and our money,

Deliver food to homes of elders,

Ensure that every hungry child has food after a long week of school,

Buy only what we need from the grocery store, and

Shape a conversation about the reality of a world without hunger.

I am convinced more than ever that my action (and inaction) makes a difference. There is no such thing as an innocent bystander. Our awareness begets action, our action begets change.

I believe we can be the ones to end hunger in our lifetime.


Rev. Andy Stoker is senior minister at First United Methodist Church, Dallas and a North Texas Food Bank board member. He can be reached via Twitter at @revdrandystoker

Watch WFAA’s coverage of Dr. Stoker’s participation in the SNAP Challenge in 2013

Andy Stoker

I believe we can be the ones to end hunger in our lifetime.

For the third year in a row, I participated in the SNAP Challenge, and, not only me, but my family and my congregation at First United Methodist Church, Dallas. This kind of challenge is not uncommon for many faithful persons. Fasting across the world’s religious landscape is a practice to more deeply connect with the Divine. The difference with the SNAP Challenge is that it is a kind of fast that helped me to more deeply connect with my neighbors. Although it is only one week, it is a way of raising awareness of what so many live every week.

Deepening our awareness is the precursor to action. The work of the North Texas Food Bank and all of its partners certainly appreciate our own awareness of those living at the hunger line, but action is what is needed. Far beyond a week of living on $29, our neighbors need us to:

Donate our time and our money,

Deliver food to homes of elders,

Ensure that every hungry child has food after a long week of school,

Buy only what we need from the grocery store, and

Shape a conversation about the reality of a world without hunger.

I am convinced more than ever that my action (and inaction) makes a difference. There is no such thing as an innocent bystander. Our awareness begets action, our action begets change.

I believe we can be the ones to end hunger in our lifetime.


Rev. Andy Stoker is senior minister at First United Methodist Church, Dallas and a North Texas Food Bank board member. He can be reached via Twitter at @revdrandystoker

Watch WFAA’s coverage of Dr. Stoker’s participation in the SNAP Challenge in 2013


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August 27, 2015
by Rowena Roberson

#ThankYouThursday – Marcelline Green

August 27, 2015
by Rowena Roberson

Volunteer appreciation is what I think and feel about 86-year-old Mrs. Marcelline Green, the volunteer coordinator for the CSFP/PAN program at Hickory Tree Baptist Church, one of our many distribution sites located in Balch Springs, TX.

The People And Nutrition (PAN) Program, also known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) began at the North Texas Food Bank in 2000. The Balch Springs Senior Center became a distribution site shortly after, where I enrolled and met Mrs. Marcelline Green. She soon decided to volunteer and assist in helping to ThankYouThursdaycoordinate the program at the center. After several years, we received news that the Balch Springs Senior Center was closing, and we had no other place to distribute boxes to the enrolled seniors.

Realizing that people would no longer receive food boxes, Mrs. Green took it upon herself to find another site location at her church Hickory Tree Baptist Church. She notified us that the space was available and from that point on it was magic. Hickory Tree turned out to be awesome.

When I asked Mrs. Green why she chooses to fight hunger and what she enjoys most about the experience she says, “The fact that we are helping people. I get hungry myself, and I don’t want anyone else to go hungry. I just love the idea of being able to help others!”

Mrs. Green says she has developed new friendships during her time with the PAN program. Some clients such as Mrs. Mamie McKenzie have even become church members as well as her friends. Mrs. Green suggests that people should get out and help in the community, whether it’s at a church, school, or center. She says just stay busy and make yourself useful.

She looks forward to coming every 2nd Thursday to Hickory Tree for people to receive their commodities as well as to visit, socialize, and enjoy good company. Pat, Pearl, Carol, and Margie are other volunteer church members that have decided to help because of Mrs. Green’s beautiful essence and warm loving volunteer spirit. Mrs. Green says, “When the PAN program gets to the church and Rowena walks in the door our whole day, especially mine, just lights up! I just love you to pieces!”

I salute, love, appreciate and acknowledge Mrs. Marcelline Green!!!

Volunteer appreciation is what I think and feel about 86-year-old Mrs. Marcelline Green, the volunteer coordinator for the CSFP/PAN program at Hickory Tree Baptist Church, one of our many distribution sites located in Balch Springs, TX.

The People And Nutrition (PAN) Program, also known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) began at the North Texas Food Bank in 2000. The Balch Springs Senior Center became a distribution site shortly after, where I enrolled and met Mrs. Marcelline Green. She soon decided to volunteer and assist in helping to ThankYouThursdaycoordinate the program at the center. After several years, we received news that the Balch Springs Senior Center was closing, and we had no other place to distribute boxes to the enrolled seniors.

Realizing that people would no longer receive food boxes, Mrs. Green took it upon herself to find another site location at her church Hickory Tree Baptist Church. She notified us that the space was available and from that point on it was magic. Hickory Tree turned out to be awesome.

When I asked Mrs. Green why she chooses to fight hunger and what she enjoys most about the experience she says, “The fact that we are helping people. I get hungry myself, and I don’t want anyone else to go hungry. I just love the idea of being able to help others!”

Mrs. Green says she has developed new friendships during her time with the PAN program. Some clients such as Mrs. Mamie McKenzie have even become church members as well as her friends. Mrs. Green suggests that people should get out and help in the community, whether it’s at a church, school, or center. She says just stay busy and make yourself useful.

She looks forward to coming every 2nd Thursday to Hickory Tree for people to receive their commodities as well as to visit, socialize, and enjoy good company. Pat, Pearl, Carol, and Margie are other volunteer church members that have decided to help because of Mrs. Green’s beautiful essence and warm loving volunteer spirit. Mrs. Green says, “When the PAN program gets to the church and Rowena walks in the door our whole day, especially mine, just lights up! I just love you to pieces!”

I salute, love, appreciate and acknowledge Mrs. Marcelline Green!!!


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July 16, 2015
by Kat Lindholm

Water for the Win

July 16, 2015
by Kat Lindholm

 
What water does for youSummers are hot and filled with activity. Make sure you don’t forget to stay stocked up on plenty of liquids to ward off dehydration!
 
What Water Does for You
• Prevents dehydration
• Supports digestion
• Aids in nutrient absorption and use
• Prevents constipation
• Rids the body of toxins
• Lubricates your joints
 
Hydration Recommendations:
• Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. By that time your body is already dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include: hunger, fatigue, dry mouth, thirst, and decreased urination/sweat.
• Carry around a bottle or glass of water to sip throughout the day.
• Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise and on hot days.
• Increase water intake when sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
• Drink a full glass of water with medications.
• Limit consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverage. These stimulate fluid loss, which can lead to dehydration.
• About 8 cups of water (of 8 oz. each) daily will be adequate for many, but the actual recommendations for total fluid a day (from beverages and food) is 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for women and 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) for men.
• About 80 percent of people’s total water intake comes from drinking water and beverages (including caffeinated beverages), and the other 20 percent is derived from food.
 
Sources/Further Reading:
http://iom.nationalacademies.org/en/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056

 
What water does for youSummers are hot and filled with activity. Make sure you don’t forget to stay stocked up on plenty of liquids to ward off dehydration!
 
What Water Does for You
• Prevents dehydration
• Supports digestion
• Aids in nutrient absorption and use
• Prevents constipation
• Rids the body of toxins
• Lubricates your joints
 
Hydration Recommendations:
• Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to have a drink. By that time your body is already dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration include: hunger, fatigue, dry mouth, thirst, and decreased urination/sweat.
• Carry around a bottle or glass of water to sip throughout the day.
• Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise and on hot days.
• Increase water intake when sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea.
• Drink a full glass of water with medications.
• Limit consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic beverage. These stimulate fluid loss, which can lead to dehydration.
• About 8 cups of water (of 8 oz. each) daily will be adequate for many, but the actual recommendations for total fluid a day (from beverages and food) is 2.7 liters (91 ounces) for women and 3.7 liters (125 ounces daily) for men.
• About 80 percent of people’s total water intake comes from drinking water and beverages (including caffeinated beverages), and the other 20 percent is derived from food.
 
Sources/Further Reading:
http://iom.nationalacademies.org/en/Reports/2004/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-Water-Potassium-Sodium-Chloride-and-Sulfate.aspx
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/basics/symptoms/con-20030056


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May 29, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Together, We’re Helping North Texas Children Thrive

May 29, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Together, We’re Helping North Texas Children Thrive

Dear friends,
 
School is almost out, and you know what that means — summertime in North Texas. As the temperature begins to rise, I know my grandkids are already looking forward to vacations, camp and countless outdoor activities. But, unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for every child.
 
Recently, I heard the story of little Abigail. She’s a North Texas elementary student who fainted while at school. Abigail’s teacher later discovered that her parents didn’t have enough money to feed her or the rest of the family.
 
During the school year, kids have access to school meal programs and the Food 4 Kids and Kids Cafe programs that operate in schools. But when summer arrives, many kids will be at home and hungry.
 
Thankfully, friends like you are giving hope to children — and their parents — by supporting our summer feeding programs and other food distribution activities. Your support is providing these kids with the meals they need to give them the energy to enjoy — instead of dread — their break from school. Every child deserves as much.
 
As we approach the end of this fiscal year, I’m grateful for your partnership in the effort to eliminate summer hunger in North Texas. I hope I can count on your support as we work together to serve hungry children and end the year strong.
 
Sincerely,
Jan
 


Jan Pruitt is president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank and currently serves as the board chair for Feeding America. This letter also appears in our Summer 2015 newsletter.

Together, We’re Helping North Texas Children Thrive

Dear friends,
 
School is almost out, and you know what that means — summertime in North Texas. As the temperature begins to rise, I know my grandkids are already looking forward to vacations, camp and countless outdoor activities. But, unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for every child.
 
Recently, I heard the story of little Abigail. She’s a North Texas elementary student who fainted while at school. Abigail’s teacher later discovered that her parents didn’t have enough money to feed her or the rest of the family.
 
During the school year, kids have access to school meal programs and the Food 4 Kids and Kids Cafe programs that operate in schools. But when summer arrives, many kids will be at home and hungry.
 
Thankfully, friends like you are giving hope to children — and their parents — by supporting our summer feeding programs and other food distribution activities. Your support is providing these kids with the meals they need to give them the energy to enjoy — instead of dread — their break from school. Every child deserves as much.
 
As we approach the end of this fiscal year, I’m grateful for your partnership in the effort to eliminate summer hunger in North Texas. I hope I can count on your support as we work together to serve hungry children and end the year strong.
 
Sincerely,
Jan
 


Jan Pruitt is president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank and currently serves as the board chair for Feeding America. This letter also appears in our Summer 2015 newsletter.


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May 07, 2015
by Kent Rathbun

Taste of the NFL 2015 was a major win

May 07, 2015
by Kent Rathbun

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Over 11 years ago, I hosted the very first Taste of the NFL for the North Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of Abacus. It did not take long before we quickly outgrew that space and moved the event to other venues, which one-by-one, over time, we also outgrew. We have always strived to make each year better than the last and the one thing we have succeeded at, is giving guests a true sense of attending the ultimate tailgate partySo when the opportunity presented itself to host the event at AT&T Stadium, I knew we were on to something big! I knew the new venue provided the perfect backdrop for guests to rub elbows with their favorite football players and enjoy food prepared by Dallas’ best chefs…outside, in a “true” tailgate setting.

This year we raised $338,959, making the 2015 Taste of NFL our highest grossing year ever! That is a 23% increase over last year!  There were approximately 900 in attendance and with this funding, we will provide over 1,000,000 meals to hungry people in North Texas. I’m proud to say that in the past 11 years we have now raised almost $2 million, and I personally thank the volunteers who worked so hard to make this year our best ever.

For me, it was surreal to stand on the lawn of AT&T stadium on such a beautiful evening and reminisce back to the first year at Abacus. More importantly, I also thought about the future. There’s no doubt the players, coaches, volunteers and generous guests made Taste of the NFL 2015 a major win for the North Texas Food Bank. It was also a pivotal evening, because when word gets out about this year’s success, I expect the event to grow in a very, very big way in the future.

Diana Oats with Culture Map said it best in her April 7, 2015 article titled “Ultimate Dallas tailgate Taste of the NFL totally belongs in these new digs.”

She was right…See you next year!

Taste of the NFL Dallas 2015

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Over 11 years ago, I hosted the very first Taste of the NFL for the North Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of Abacus. It did not take long before we quickly outgrew that space and moved the event to other venues, which one-by-one, over time, we also outgrew. We have always strived to make each year better than the last and the one thing we have succeeded at, is giving guests a true sense of attending the ultimate tailgate partySo when the opportunity presented itself to host the event at AT&T Stadium, I knew we were on to something big! I knew the new venue provided the perfect backdrop for guests to rub elbows with their favorite football players and enjoy food prepared by Dallas’ best chefs…outside, in a “true” tailgate setting.

This year we raised $338,959, making the 2015 Taste of NFL our highest grossing year ever! That is a 23% increase over last year!  There were approximately 900 in attendance and with this funding, we will provide over 1,000,000 meals to hungry people in North Texas. I’m proud to say that in the past 11 years we have now raised almost $2 million, and I personally thank the volunteers who worked so hard to make this year our best ever.

For me, it was surreal to stand on the lawn of AT&T stadium on such a beautiful evening and reminisce back to the first year at Abacus. More importantly, I also thought about the future. There’s no doubt the players, coaches, volunteers and generous guests made Taste of the NFL 2015 a major win for the North Texas Food Bank. It was also a pivotal evening, because when word gets out about this year’s success, I expect the event to grow in a very, very big way in the future.

Diana Oats with Culture Map said it best in her April 7, 2015 article titled “Ultimate Dallas tailgate Taste of the NFL totally belongs in these new digs.”

She was right…See you next year!

Taste of the NFL Dallas 2015

Taste of the NFL 2015- waffle fries

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May 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas this May to fight hunger

May 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in May to fight hunger (1)
May brings so many fun things to do in Dallas to fight hunger! From our signature event with the Dallas Cowboys, Taste of the NFL, to the largest canned food drive in the nation, Stamp Out Hunger – there’s no shortage of great ways you and your friends and family can help to feed those in need in North Texas this month!
 
Saturday, May 2 – GrillFest @ the Shops at Park Lane
Taste your way through choice meats, summer brews and cool wines while listening to live music from Chef Dean Fearing’s band, Sunset Palace. Ticket proceeds benefit NTFB, so you’ll be doing good, too. So gather up some friends and make a Saturday of it! Visit the D Magazine website for tickets and details.
 
2014 TNFL-NW optionsSunday, May 3 – Taste of the NFL @ AT&T Stadium
Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger! Nationwide Insurance presents the 11th annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium. The event will feature past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun and more than a dozen of the area’s hottest chefs. Support NTFB’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, and fun tailgate games.It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $1.61 million for hungry North Texas children. Click here to get your tickets!
 
Saturday, May 9 – Stamp Out Hunger
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers for the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Grab jars of peanut butter, canned meats and other non-perishable food items, and place them in a sack near your mailbox on May 9. Your local letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to the North Texas Food Bank to help feed hungry North Texans. More info here.
 
Saturday, May 16 – Comerica Shred Day
Consumers and business owners can bring any amount of personal or business paper documents and Comerica will destroy and recycle them securely and efficiently.  And while you’re doing some financial spring cleaning and helping the environment, give back by bringing a donation for NTFB. Non-perishable food items, cash and checks are gladly accepted, although not required for admission. Learn more about Comerica Shred Day here.
 
Sunday, May 17 – Night Out on 15
Join the Historic Downtown Plano Association for Night Out on 15, a community table event under a canopy of stars and twinkling lights on the bricks of 15th Street. Enjoy a 5-course meal and samplings by Historic Downtown Plano Chefs. Libations included. Proceeds will benefit local charities including NTFB. Purchase tickets at NightOutMay2015.EventBrite.com.
 
Make sure to check back here throughout the month for updates, or view our full calendar on our website. And don’t forget that you can always get involved by giving an hour, your voice, a dollar, or a can!

Things to do in May to fight hunger (1)
May brings so many fun things to do in Dallas to fight hunger! From our signature event with the Dallas Cowboys, Taste of the NFL, to the largest canned food drive in the nation, Stamp Out Hunger – there’s no shortage of great ways you and your friends and family can help to feed those in need in North Texas this month!
 
Saturday, May 2 – GrillFest @ the Shops at Park Lane
Taste your way through choice meats, summer brews and cool wines while listening to live music from Chef Dean Fearing’s band, Sunset Palace. Ticket proceeds benefit NTFB, so you’ll be doing good, too. So gather up some friends and make a Saturday of it! Visit the D Magazine website for tickets and details.
 
2014 TNFL-NW optionsSunday, May 3 – Taste of the NFL @ AT&T Stadium
Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger! Nationwide Insurance presents the 11th annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium. The event will feature past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun and more than a dozen of the area’s hottest chefs. Support NTFB’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, and fun tailgate games.It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $1.61 million for hungry North Texas children. Click here to get your tickets!
 
Saturday, May 9 – Stamp Out Hunger
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers for the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Grab jars of peanut butter, canned meats and other non-perishable food items, and place them in a sack near your mailbox on May 9. Your local letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to the North Texas Food Bank to help feed hungry North Texans. More info here.
 
Saturday, May 16 – Comerica Shred Day
Consumers and business owners can bring any amount of personal or business paper documents and Comerica will destroy and recycle them securely and efficiently.  And while you’re doing some financial spring cleaning and helping the environment, give back by bringing a donation for NTFB. Non-perishable food items, cash and checks are gladly accepted, although not required for admission. Learn more about Comerica Shred Day here.
 
Sunday, May 17 – Night Out on 15
Join the Historic Downtown Plano Association for Night Out on 15, a community table event under a canopy of stars and twinkling lights on the bricks of 15th Street. Enjoy a 5-course meal and samplings by Historic Downtown Plano Chefs. Libations included. Proceeds will benefit local charities including NTFB. Purchase tickets at NightOutMay2015.EventBrite.com.
 
Make sure to check back here throughout the month for updates, or view our full calendar on our website. And don’t forget that you can always get involved by giving an hour, your voice, a dollar, or a can!


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