September 08, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Florence Doswell’s Legacy of Hunger Relief Lives On

September 08, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

You Give Boyd Elementary Students Hope

September 07, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Name was changed to protect child’s identity

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September 03, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

A Mother Can Feed Her Kids, Thanks to You

September 03, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give Now


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September 01, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Please Join Us for Hunger Action Month

September 01, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt HeadshotDear Friend,

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

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

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

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

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

Jan Pruitt
NTFB President and CEO

 

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Jan Pruitt HeadshotDear Friend,

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

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

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

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

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

Jan Pruitt
NTFB President and CEO

 

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August 16, 2016
by Brett Gray

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

August 16, 2016
by Brett Gray

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

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

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

1. There’s great food –

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

2. It’s a fantastic deal –

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

3. It’s all for a good cause –

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

4. The fun extends beyond just a week –

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


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


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

4 Things You Need to Know About DFW Restaurant Week

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

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

1. There’s great food –

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

2. It’s a fantastic deal –

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

3. It’s all for a good cause –

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

4. The fun extends beyond just a week –

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


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


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


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June 14, 2016
by ntfbadmin

Learning what it takes to Fight Hunger

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 


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June 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thanks to our Corporate Supporters!

June 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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

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

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

    Bank of America Check Presentation, October 2015 

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

    Bank of America Check Presentation, October 2015 

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

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


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

 


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May 27, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Together, We’re Helping North Texas Children Thrive

May 27, 2016
by Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt HeadshotFriends,

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

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

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

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

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

Jan Pruitt
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank


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

Jan Pruitt HeadshotFriends,

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

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

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

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

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

Jan Pruitt
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank


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


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May 23, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Feeding growing minds at
St. Philip’s

May 23, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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May 20, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Voice of Hope for Hungry Kids

May 20, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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