November 05, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to Fight Hunger this November

November 05, 2016
by Diana Carranza

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We’re excited that November brings with it so many great things to do in Dallas to get involved in the fight against hunger! This month’s list includes one of our favorite annual traditions, A Christmas Carol, with our friends at the Dallas Theater Center! Before we get to the list, we can’t help but point out that Dallas Theater Center was one of several organizations and individuals that received a 2016 Golden Fork Award earlier this week for their commitment in helping ensure food is on the table for everyone in North Texas. Their work has allowed us to provide access to more than 1.6 million meals over the past several years of our partnership!! This is just one of the many reasons A Christmas Carol has become a “must-see” holiday performance if you live in the Dallas area! Check it out Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 (more info below!).

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Give Back Campaign, Nov. 4-6
— Shop at your local DFW T.J.Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store from November 4-6 and donate at the register to support the North Texas Food Bank! 100% of the dollars raised at register will go directly to our organization!

Pairings on the Parkway – Nov. 6 — Get your Pairings on The Parkway Passport and join us on a trip through Village on the Parkway and enjoy delectable tastings of specialty cuisine and beverages! A portions of the proceeds will be donated to NTFB! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Opera Performances – Nov. 13 & Nov. 19 — Help support the North Texas Food Bank at the Dallas Opera. Enjoy a family performance (‘Verdi and Company’ Nov. 13 & ‘Bastien and Bastienne’ Nov. 19) for FREE! Simply bring two requested items during select performances and receive a free ticket. Requested items include canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers and granola bars. Visit dallasopera.org/family for more information.

NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball – Nov. 18 — NTX Beer Week welcomes you to the 3rd Annual Brewer’s Ball! This signature event offers a unique, one of a kind chance to rub elbows with some of craft beer’s elite while enjoying bites from some of the area’s best beer-centric restaurants. A founder, owner, and/or brewmaster from each brewery will be present and only 500 tickets are available, making this an intimate event you won’t want to miss. This event will include a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting NTFB. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol – Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 — Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ “must-see” Holiday tradition. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org

Stay up to date on other events benefiting NTFB at ntfb.org/events.

adobestock_11349718
We’re excited that November brings with it so many great things to do in Dallas to get involved in the fight against hunger! This month’s list includes one of our favorite annual traditions, A Christmas Carol, with our friends at the Dallas Theater Center! Before we get to the list, we can’t help but point out that Dallas Theater Center was one of several organizations and individuals that received a 2016 Golden Fork Award earlier this week for their commitment in helping ensure food is on the table for everyone in North Texas. Their work has allowed us to provide access to more than 1.6 million meals over the past several years of our partnership!! This is just one of the many reasons A Christmas Carol has become a “must-see” holiday performance if you live in the Dallas area! Check it out Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 (more info below!).

T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Give Back Campaign, Nov. 4-6
— Shop at your local DFW T.J.Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store from November 4-6 and donate at the register to support the North Texas Food Bank! 100% of the dollars raised at register will go directly to our organization!

Pairings on the Parkway – Nov. 6 — Get your Pairings on The Parkway Passport and join us on a trip through Village on the Parkway and enjoy delectable tastings of specialty cuisine and beverages! A portions of the proceeds will be donated to NTFB! Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Opera Performances – Nov. 13 & Nov. 19 — Help support the North Texas Food Bank at the Dallas Opera. Enjoy a family performance (‘Verdi and Company’ Nov. 13 & ‘Bastien and Bastienne’ Nov. 19) for FREE! Simply bring two requested items during select performances and receive a free ticket. Requested items include canned vegetables or fruit, canned or dried beans, peanut or almond butter, whole grain crackers and granola bars. Visit dallasopera.org/family for more information.

NTX Beer Week Brewer’s Ball – Nov. 18 — NTX Beer Week welcomes you to the 3rd Annual Brewer’s Ball! This signature event offers a unique, one of a kind chance to rub elbows with some of craft beer’s elite while enjoying bites from some of the area’s best beer-centric restaurants. A founder, owner, and/or brewmaster from each brewery will be present and only 500 tickets are available, making this an intimate event you won’t want to miss. This event will include a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting NTFB. Click here to purchase your tickets.

Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol – Nov. 23 – Dec. 28 — Scrooge is back! And she’s cranky as ever! Come kick off the holiday season with us as A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre. In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is immersed in the story with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling from the sky. Full of traditional Christmas hymns in fresh, toe-tapping musical arrangements, joyful bursts of choreography, and eye-popping special effects, A Christmas Carol is Dallas’ “must-see” Holiday tradition. At the end of the show, actors will collect donations to benefit the North Texas Food Bank! For tickets, visit www.dallastheatercenter.org

Stay up to date on other events benefiting NTFB at ntfb.org/events.


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October 17, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Because of You, A Single Mom Has Hope

October 17, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

ae-for-blogEvery day, caring friends like you make an enormous impact in the lives of our hungry neighbors. Andrea’s story is just one example of how your gifts help families escape hunger.

For some single parents, it can be a challenge to provide for all their family’s needs. Andrea knows this firsthand as she works to raise her 2-year-old daughter, Nicole. Although Andrea has a job as a cashier, the money she makes isn’t enough to cover most of her family’s expenses — especially food and other items for her growing toddler.

If it weren’t for the help she has received from Seven Loaves Food Pantry at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Plano, Andrea would still be struggling today. Because of your generosity, her first visit to the pantry — and each one after that — ended with her being able to take home enough food to supplement her hourly income.

“It makes my life a little easier,” Andrea says, explaining what your gifts mean to her and her family.

In addition to the food she receives at Seven Loaves, Andrea can pick up another item no parent of a toddler can do without — diapers. As she struggles to keep up with rent, utilities and other essentials, this is one of the many regular expenses that’s often out of her budget.

Because the need is so great, especially in suburban cities like Plano, your generosity is truly appreciated.

“I appreciate all the help you give,” Andrea adds. “You help all the people that really need food.”

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ae-for-blogEvery day, caring friends like you make an enormous impact in the lives of our hungry neighbors. Andrea’s story is just one example of how your gifts help families escape hunger.

For some single parents, it can be a challenge to provide for all their family’s needs. Andrea knows this firsthand as she works to raise her 2-year-old daughter, Nicole. Although Andrea has a job as a cashier, the money she makes isn’t enough to cover most of her family’s expenses — especially food and other items for her growing toddler.

If it weren’t for the help she has received from Seven Loaves Food Pantry at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Plano, Andrea would still be struggling today. Because of your generosity, her first visit to the pantry — and each one after that — ended with her being able to take home enough food to supplement her hourly income.

“It makes my life a little easier,” Andrea says, explaining what your gifts mean to her and her family.

In addition to the food she receives at Seven Loaves, Andrea can pick up another item no parent of a toddler can do without — diapers. As she struggles to keep up with rent, utilities and other essentials, this is one of the many regular expenses that’s often out of her budget.

Because the need is so great, especially in suburban cities like Plano, your generosity is truly appreciated.

“I appreciate all the help you give,” Andrea adds. “You help all the people that really need food.”

Give Now


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October 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thank You for Helping Families in Need

October 06, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

sv-photo-for-blogSonia and her husband, Arturo, are doing the best they can to raise their three children — Melany, Misty and Cesar. But until recently, the couple had been frustrated that they couldn’t provide even simple, affordable meals for their family.

Because their youngest child, Melany, is still too young for school, Sonia cares for her full-time. Childcare costs are more than she’d be able to make outside the home right now. Arturo works at a local restaurant to provide for his family, but his income sometimes can’t stretch to afford all their bills plus a trip to the grocery story.

Fortunately, one day the older kids’ school — Sam Houston Elementary — sent home a flyer advertising the school’s new pantry program. This resource, made available through your gifts to the North Texas Food Bank, connects families like Sonia and Arturo’s with a supplement for their tight food budget.

“Sometimes we don’t have enough — this is a great help,” Sonia says of the new pantry.

Each month the School Pantryprogram distributes healthy foods, including some of Misty and Cesar’s favorites — apples and corn. These and many more items are available to families in need, all because you choose to give.

Sonia knows her kids need plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and succeed in school. She’s seen how her kids are when they don’t have enough to eat, and it’s so comforting for her to know someone like you cares enough to help.

“Thank you,” she says. “We enjoy everything we get!”

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sv-photo-for-blogSonia and her husband, Arturo, are doing the best they can to raise their three children — Melany, Misty and Cesar. But until recently, the couple had been frustrated that they couldn’t provide even simple, affordable meals for their family.

Because their youngest child, Melany, is still too young for school, Sonia cares for her full-time. Childcare costs are more than she’d be able to make outside the home right now. Arturo works at a local restaurant to provide for his family, but his income sometimes can’t stretch to afford all their bills plus a trip to the grocery story.

Fortunately, one day the older kids’ school — Sam Houston Elementary — sent home a flyer advertising the school’s new pantry program. This resource, made available through your gifts to the North Texas Food Bank, connects families like Sonia and Arturo’s with a supplement for their tight food budget.

“Sometimes we don’t have enough — this is a great help,” Sonia says of the new pantry.

Each month the School Pantryprogram distributes healthy foods, including some of Misty and Cesar’s favorites — apples and corn. These and many more items are available to families in need, all because you choose to give.

Sonia knows her kids need plenty of fruits and vegetables to stay healthy and succeed in school. She’s seen how her kids are when they don’t have enough to eat, and it’s so comforting for her to know someone like you cares enough to help.

“Thank you,” she says. “We enjoy everything we get!”

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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.

Give Now


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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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