April 24, 2017
by Liana Solis

Honoring Robert McQuarrie

April 24, 2017
by Liana Solis

April is National Volunteer Month, and we wanted to honor a special volunteer who is very dear in all the hearts of the North Texas Food Bank staff members – Robert McQuarrie.Bob McQuarrie

Before his passing in January, Bob volunteered for more than 2 years with our Philanthropy Operations Team entering volunteer registration forms into our system. Volunteering every Tuesday and Thursday, he completed more than 700 hours of volunteer work and entered more than 80,000 registration forms for the Food Bank.

When asked why he chose to volunteer with us, Bob admitted he wanted to help fight hunger because he was hungry at one point in his life and knows what it is like for our food insecure clients. He said he had seen hunger all over the world and wanted to fight so that no child, family or senior was hungry. The NTFB staff members who worked closest with him praised Bob for his sense of humor, his gratitude towards others, and his caring nature.

His generosity extended to everyone he knew. Angela McCoy, NTFB Philanthropy Operations Manager, shared a story about a time Bob was personally generous toward her. When Angela informed Bob about a trip to Italy she had planned, he began speaking to her in Italian, but Angela informed him for that she did not speak the language. Two days later, he returned to the Food Bank with book for Angela on how to learn Italian quickly and with ease. Bob said he wanted to at least make sure she knew the basics of the language before her trip.

Recently, Bob was awarded the Mike Snider Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to NTFB. The award is given every year to a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help the Food Bank in its effort to pursue a hunger-free community. We miss Bob dearly, and we will always be grateful for the dedication to helping us fight hunger in North Texas.


If you are interested in volunteering with NTFB, visit ntfb.org/volunteer for information on opportunities and to view available shifts.

April is National Volunteer Month, and we wanted to honor a special volunteer who is very dear in all the hearts of the North Texas Food Bank staff members – Robert McQuarrie.Bob McQuarrie

Before his passing in January, Bob volunteered for more than 2 years with our Philanthropy Operations Team entering volunteer registration forms into our system. Volunteering every Tuesday and Thursday, he completed more than 700 hours of volunteer work and entered more than 80,000 registration forms for the Food Bank.

When asked why he chose to volunteer with us, Bob admitted he wanted to help fight hunger because he was hungry at one point in his life and knows what it is like for our food insecure clients. He said he had seen hunger all over the world and wanted to fight so that no child, family or senior was hungry. The NTFB staff members who worked closest with him praised Bob for his sense of humor, his gratitude towards others, and his caring nature.

His generosity extended to everyone he knew. Angela McCoy, NTFB Philanthropy Operations Manager, shared a story about a time Bob was personally generous toward her. When Angela informed Bob about a trip to Italy she had planned, he began speaking to her in Italian, but Angela informed him for that she did not speak the language. Two days later, he returned to the Food Bank with book for Angela on how to learn Italian quickly and with ease. Bob said he wanted to at least make sure she knew the basics of the language before her trip.

Recently, Bob was awarded the Mike Snider Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to NTFB. The award is given every year to a volunteer who goes above and beyond to help the Food Bank in its effort to pursue a hunger-free community. We miss Bob dearly, and we will always be grateful for the dedication to helping us fight hunger in North Texas.


If you are interested in volunteering with NTFB, visit ntfb.org/volunteer for information on opportunities and to view available shifts.


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March 31, 2017
by Andrew R. for NTFB

A Local Food Pantry Client Thanks You

March 31, 2017
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Margaret Ramirez - Sharing Life Community Outreach (2)When we met Margaret last winter, she was so happy to have found Sharing Life Community Outreach, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Mesquite. Before she started coming here, she had been eating a lot of beans and rice — but little else.

Margaret describes herself as semi-retired. As her health has declined over the years, she has taken on a lighter schedule at her job resulting in less pay. She described to us what this arrangement has done to her finances.

“When I’m working, my income pays for rent, but the rest you’ve just got to make do,” Margaret said.

She recalls how she ended up making her first visit to Sharing Life Community Outreach: facing a particularly difficult month, she decided to ask for help. Not sure where to begin, she dialed 211, which provided her with information about the pantry.

For Margaret, accepting help from the Sharing Life was one of the best decisions she has made. Now, whenever food and funds are running low, she knows she has somewhere to go to pick up groceries that will last until the end of the month.

As a North Texas Food Bank supporter, you have done so much to help neighbors like Margaret access the ingredients for nourishing meals.

Reflecting on your kindness, Margaret expressed her deep gratitude: “Thank you,” she said. “I appreciate y’all helping me when you can. I’d like to offer something when I get back on my feet.”

 


Around the Table - Spring 2017This article originally appeared in NTFB’s Spring Edition of Around the Table. Read the entire newsletter by visiting ntfb.org/AroundTheTable.

Margaret Ramirez - Sharing Life Community Outreach (2)When we met Margaret last winter, she was so happy to have found Sharing Life Community Outreach, a North Texas Food Bank Partner Agency in Mesquite. Before she started coming here, she had been eating a lot of beans and rice — but little else.

Margaret describes herself as semi-retired. As her health has declined over the years, she has taken on a lighter schedule at her job resulting in less pay. She described to us what this arrangement has done to her finances.

“When I’m working, my income pays for rent, but the rest you’ve just got to make do,” Margaret said.

She recalls how she ended up making her first visit to Sharing Life Community Outreach: facing a particularly difficult month, she decided to ask for help. Not sure where to begin, she dialed 211, which provided her with information about the pantry.

For Margaret, accepting help from the Sharing Life was one of the best decisions she has made. Now, whenever food and funds are running low, she knows she has somewhere to go to pick up groceries that will last until the end of the month.

As a North Texas Food Bank supporter, you have done so much to help neighbors like Margaret access the ingredients for nourishing meals.

Reflecting on your kindness, Margaret expressed her deep gratitude: “Thank you,” she said. “I appreciate y’all helping me when you can. I’d like to offer something when I get back on my feet.”

 


Around the Table - Spring 2017This article originally appeared in NTFB’s Spring Edition of Around the Table. Read the entire newsletter by visiting ntfb.org/AroundTheTable.


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March 23, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Happy Birthday and Thank You, Jan!

March 23, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Jan Pruitt, our longtime CEO who passed away in January, made an enormous impact across North Texas and beyond, to say the least.

We are forever grateful to Jan – not only for her sincere passion to serve others, but also for her kindness, her leadership and her innovative thinking that inspired countless NTFB staff, supporters, and so many others.

On her birthday this year we want to share some of the great tributes that have come in that begin to demonstrate the magnitude of Jan’s legacy!

 


“Jan Pruitt was a great leader and a dear friend to our family. Her extraordinary vision and the amazing team she developed will serve to continue her legacy far into the future of our great city.” The Perot Family

 

“It is with deep sadness that we express our condolences to Mrs. Pruitt’s family and NTFB colleagues. We will honor and promote her legacy through our continued efforts to improve access to healthy food for all in Dallas County.” Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions

 

“Jan Pruitt was a great leader, loved her calling and helped untold numbers. Dallas was blessed to have her.” Mayor Mike Rawlings

 

“The Rotary Club of Park Cities worked with Jan and her team to raise the money to buy the first mobile food pantry for Dallas. We were inspired by her vision for attacking hunger, her emphasis on providing nutritional meals, her optimistic “can do” attitude, and also her friendship throughout the process.” – Karen Farris, Rotary Club of Park Cities

 

“The entire DFW community and beyond benefited from Jan’s leadership. It was a pleasure working with her to develop the Mass Care Task Force. This was but just one example of her visionary leadership. Her contributions will benefit our great community far into the future.” – Scott Landry 

 

“She will be dearly missed by all, but her legacy of ensuring that no one goes hungry will live on through the work of the team at the NTFB, the Feeding America Network and her loved ones.” – Matt Gassen

 

“The Greater Chicago Food Bank family sends our condolences and love to the Pruitt family and the NTFB team. Jan was an inspirational leader for all of us food bankers. We will miss her wisdom, laughter, and amazing courage. Jan, you rocked, and we are privileged to have known you.” – Greater Chicago Food Depository

 

“One of the qualities I most admired in Jan was that she was so generous in helping other food banks in Texas and across the country.  As CEOs it can be tempting to think of our group efforts only or at least primarily in terms of how they will benefit our own organizational goals.  Jan was consistently willing to think and act much bigger. She was a true leader.” – Brian Greene, CEO of the Houston Food Bank 

 

Jan Pruitt made – and kept – a promise to feed hungry North Texans – article by Robert Wilonsky, City Columnist at the Dallas Morning News

 

From 11 million meals to 70 million: Jan Pruitt changed the North Texas Food Bank forever – article by Courtney Collins at KERA

 


To learn more about Jan’s legacy, or to read additional tributes, please visit ntfb.org/janpruitt.

Jan Pruitt, our longtime CEO who passed away in January, made an enormous impact across North Texas and beyond, to say the least.

We are forever grateful to Jan – not only for her sincere passion to serve others, but also for her kindness, her leadership and her innovative thinking that inspired countless NTFB staff, supporters, and so many others.

On her birthday this year we want to share some of the great tributes that have come in that begin to demonstrate the magnitude of Jan’s legacy!

 


“Jan Pruitt was a great leader and a dear friend to our family. Her extraordinary vision and the amazing team she developed will serve to continue her legacy far into the future of our great city.” The Perot Family

 

“It is with deep sadness that we express our condolences to Mrs. Pruitt’s family and NTFB colleagues. We will honor and promote her legacy through our continued efforts to improve access to healthy food for all in Dallas County.” Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions

 

“Jan Pruitt was a great leader, loved her calling and helped untold numbers. Dallas was blessed to have her.” Mayor Mike Rawlings

 

“The Rotary Club of Park Cities worked with Jan and her team to raise the money to buy the first mobile food pantry for Dallas. We were inspired by her vision for attacking hunger, her emphasis on providing nutritional meals, her optimistic “can do” attitude, and also her friendship throughout the process.” – Karen Farris, Rotary Club of Park Cities

 

“The entire DFW community and beyond benefited from Jan’s leadership. It was a pleasure working with her to develop the Mass Care Task Force. This was but just one example of her visionary leadership. Her contributions will benefit our great community far into the future.” – Scott Landry 

 

“She will be dearly missed by all, but her legacy of ensuring that no one goes hungry will live on through the work of the team at the NTFB, the Feeding America Network and her loved ones.” – Matt Gassen

 

“The Greater Chicago Food Bank family sends our condolences and love to the Pruitt family and the NTFB team. Jan was an inspirational leader for all of us food bankers. We will miss her wisdom, laughter, and amazing courage. Jan, you rocked, and we are privileged to have known you.” – Greater Chicago Food Depository

 

“One of the qualities I most admired in Jan was that she was so generous in helping other food banks in Texas and across the country.  As CEOs it can be tempting to think of our group efforts only or at least primarily in terms of how they will benefit our own organizational goals.  Jan was consistently willing to think and act much bigger. She was a true leader.” – Brian Greene, CEO of the Houston Food Bank 

 

Jan Pruitt made – and kept – a promise to feed hungry North Texans – article by Robert Wilonsky, City Columnist at the Dallas Morning News

 

From 11 million meals to 70 million: Jan Pruitt changed the North Texas Food Bank forever – article by Courtney Collins at KERA

 


To learn more about Jan’s legacy, or to read additional tributes, please visit ntfb.org/janpruitt.


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March 03, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas this March to help Fight Hunger!

March 03, 2017
by Diana Carranza

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We’re excited about all the fun things to do in Dallas this March, especially those that are helping us fight hunger! From Krewe de Etoiles this weekend to the Big Texas Beer Fest that starts March 31, we’re sure you can find some great things to do in our community that will also allow you to give back to those in need!


Krewe de Etoiles – Saturday, March 4

Krewe de Etoiles Gala Masquerade Ball will feature Dallas Cowboys icon Drew Pearson as King, the reigning “Miss Texas,” Caroline Carothers as Queen. The 2017 Royal Court will appear in full regalia depicting the chosen theme, “Mardi Gras Dallas, Old Hollywood Glamour.” With many special guests attending, and proceeds going toward two Dallas non-profit organizations, the North Texas Food Bank and Love for Kids, this Gala is sure to parallel the majesty of the seasons authentic Balls of New Orleans. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, please visit: http://www.krewedeetoiles.com

 

Frye Give Back Shopping Night – Thursday, March 9 

Let’s give hunger the boot! Celebrate 154 years of quality and craft at the Frye Company with a shopping night benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.  Join us Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at NorthPark Center. 20% of proceeds from the night will be donated to NTFB.

 

 

NTFB SIGNATURE EVENT
Empty Bowls, presented by Kroger – Friday, March 10

Guests will enjoy lunch at the Meyerson Symphony Center, while supporting NTFB. In addition to soup and other bowl-friendly fare from more than 20 area restaurants, attendees can select a handcrafted bowl from some of Texas’ finest artists as a memento of the day. Get your tickets to Empty Bowls at ntfb.org/emptybowls

Featured Restaurants: Asian Mint | Blue Bell Creameries | Blue Mesa Grill | Carso Mediterranean Grill | Celebration Market and Restaurant | Dining at the Meyerson | Empire Baking Co. | Low Country Quisine | McAlister’s Deli | Meso Maya | Mozzarella Company | Norma’s Cafe | Paradise Bakery & Café | Royal Cup Coffee | Shake Shack | Snappy Salads | SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza | Tejano Brothers | Tortaco | True Food Kitchen | Urban Crust

 

Run Project’s Dash Down Greenville – Saturday, March 11

Join the sea of green and start your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville. ‘Twill be a fine morning to celebrate, even if you’re only Irish for the day. We expect a record number of people to don their green gear and run (or walk) the 5K with us down Greenville Avenue right before the big parade. There will be beer, food, live music, cash prizes, and more fun than you can imagine. You’re registration will help NTFB, the event’s annual beneficiary. Register for Dash Down Greenville here.

We are also still in need of volunteers for this event! (For every volunteer we bring, Run Project will make an additional donation to NTFB!) Register to volunteer for Dash Down Greenville here.

 

Stuff the Trolley – Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26

Join the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority at the Trolley Turntable at the West Village as we work to stuff the trolley with nutritious food for those in need! The event is in memory of NTFB’s longtime CEO Jan Pruitt who passed away earlier this year and spent so many years working tirelessly to fight hunger. In addition to visiting in person on March 25-26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., you can also donate online here.

 

The Color Run – Saturday, March 25

The Color Run is coming to Dallas’ Fair Park on March 25, with an all-new Cloud Foam Zone on the course, whimsical Dream Tunnel, inspirational Dream Wall, and giant unicorns!  To receive a $5 discount on your registration, enter the code “NTFB” at checkout. When this discount code is used, $2 from the transaction will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Register or learn more about the Color Run here.

To sign-up to volunteer at the Color Run, click here. When registering to volunteer, please make sure to specify you are signing up as a NTFB volunteer!

 

Big Texas Beer Fest – Friday, March 31- Saturday, April 1

The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ 6th Annual original beer festival, featuring over 120 breweries, and benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins as well as live music and food. Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance. http://www.bigtexasbeerfest.com


Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

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We’re excited about all the fun things to do in Dallas this March, especially those that are helping us fight hunger! From Krewe de Etoiles this weekend to the Big Texas Beer Fest that starts March 31, we’re sure you can find some great things to do in our community that will also allow you to give back to those in need!


Krewe de Etoiles – Saturday, March 4

Krewe de Etoiles Gala Masquerade Ball will feature Dallas Cowboys icon Drew Pearson as King, the reigning “Miss Texas,” Caroline Carothers as Queen. The 2017 Royal Court will appear in full regalia depicting the chosen theme, “Mardi Gras Dallas, Old Hollywood Glamour.” With many special guests attending, and proceeds going toward two Dallas non-profit organizations, the North Texas Food Bank and Love for Kids, this Gala is sure to parallel the majesty of the seasons authentic Balls of New Orleans. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, please visit: http://www.krewedeetoiles.com

 

Frye Give Back Shopping Night – Thursday, March 9 

Let’s give hunger the boot! Celebrate 154 years of quality and craft at the Frye Company with a shopping night benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.  Join us Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. at NorthPark Center. 20% of proceeds from the night will be donated to NTFB.

 

 

NTFB SIGNATURE EVENT
Empty Bowls, presented by Kroger – Friday, March 10

Guests will enjoy lunch at the Meyerson Symphony Center, while supporting NTFB. In addition to soup and other bowl-friendly fare from more than 20 area restaurants, attendees can select a handcrafted bowl from some of Texas’ finest artists as a memento of the day. Get your tickets to Empty Bowls at ntfb.org/emptybowls

Featured Restaurants: Asian Mint | Blue Bell Creameries | Blue Mesa Grill | Carso Mediterranean Grill | Celebration Market and Restaurant | Dining at the Meyerson | Empire Baking Co. | Low Country Quisine | McAlister’s Deli | Meso Maya | Mozzarella Company | Norma’s Cafe | Paradise Bakery & Café | Royal Cup Coffee | Shake Shack | Snappy Salads | SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza | Tejano Brothers | Tortaco | True Food Kitchen | Urban Crust

 

Run Project’s Dash Down Greenville – Saturday, March 11

Join the sea of green and start your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville. ‘Twill be a fine morning to celebrate, even if you’re only Irish for the day. We expect a record number of people to don their green gear and run (or walk) the 5K with us down Greenville Avenue right before the big parade. There will be beer, food, live music, cash prizes, and more fun than you can imagine. You’re registration will help NTFB, the event’s annual beneficiary. Register for Dash Down Greenville here.

We are also still in need of volunteers for this event! (For every volunteer we bring, Run Project will make an additional donation to NTFB!) Register to volunteer for Dash Down Greenville here.

 

Stuff the Trolley – Saturday, March 25 – Sunday, March 26

Join the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority at the Trolley Turntable at the West Village as we work to stuff the trolley with nutritious food for those in need! The event is in memory of NTFB’s longtime CEO Jan Pruitt who passed away earlier this year and spent so many years working tirelessly to fight hunger. In addition to visiting in person on March 25-26, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., you can also donate online here.

 

The Color Run – Saturday, March 25

The Color Run is coming to Dallas’ Fair Park on March 25, with an all-new Cloud Foam Zone on the course, whimsical Dream Tunnel, inspirational Dream Wall, and giant unicorns!  To receive a $5 discount on your registration, enter the code “NTFB” at checkout. When this discount code is used, $2 from the transaction will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Register or learn more about the Color Run here.

To sign-up to volunteer at the Color Run, click here. When registering to volunteer, please make sure to specify you are signing up as a NTFB volunteer!

 

Big Texas Beer Fest – Friday, March 31- Saturday, April 1

The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ 6th Annual original beer festival, featuring over 120 breweries, and benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins as well as live music and food. Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance. http://www.bigtexasbeerfest.com


Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 


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February 03, 2017
by Doyle Carnahan

February is Canned Food Month!

February 03, 2017
by Doyle Carnahan

We’re always excited when February rolls around, because it is National Canned Food Month! This is a great opportunity for you to host a canned food drive benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. What Should I donate to a food drive?Hosting your own food drive for NTFB isn’t difficult – but, you will want to make sure you have a strategy before jumping in and we’re here to help with that!

The first step is to determine where in the community you want to host the drive. Maybe it’s at your office, at your place of worship, or at a community event — any location where you know many people may be interested in participating will work (but do make sure to check with the appropriate people at that location first). Next, determine your team; you can take on hosting the drive on your own, or ask friend, family or co-workers to join you in planning.

Now that you have your foundation set, you are ready to register your drive with us via our online form, then it’s time to start collecting! So how can you make sure people know about your food drive and what foods to bring? We suggest:

  • Hosting a canned food drive kick-off event to get the public excited about your drive
  • Hanging our customizable food drive posters anywhere you think people might see them (your office, school, apartment, etc…)
  • Taking photos and post on social media about the progress of your drive (make sure to tag the Food Bank in your posts as well!)

Often people want to know what foods we most need. When choosing items to donate or suggesting to others what they should bring, it is important to keep nutrition in mind. Currently, 87 percent of the food items distributed by NTFB are identified as “nutritious”; while that is high, we are working diligently to make that 100% and we’ll need your help. The food items we consistently need more of include: low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit (in-juice), canned chicken or tuna, dry or canned beans, whole-grain pasta or brown rice, and peanut butter.

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So you have come to the end of your fun-filled food drive, but what’s next? How your donations arrive at NTFB will depend on the amount of food your team collects. If your canned food drive collected fewer than 250 items, we ask that you drop off your donations directly at the Food Bank or a partner agency. This will save NTFB limited time and resources and will get that needed food to those in need faster. If your drive collected 250 items or more, you can submit a request for one of our staff members to come to your location and retrieve your boxes of items.

And if a canned food drive is not something you think you want to take on, you may also want to consider hosting a Virtual Food Drive. Through the NTFB website, individuals or teams can shop in a virtual grocery store for the items they wish to donate. It’s quick, easy, and also saves resources for the Food Bank!

This can take some effort, but it is a small price to pay for people who need help! One out of every six people in North Texas is food insecure, which includes one out of every four children. Hosting a canned food drive is one of the many ways you can help us close the hunger gap in North Texas and give back to those who are food insecure.

For more information on how you can get started on your canned food drive, visit our website here. Be sure to review the online video and Canned Food Drive handbook for more details and planning ideas.

Remember, one meal makes a difference!


For more information or to express your interest in our upcoming Canned Food Drive Workshop, contact: Doyle Carnahan, Retail Support Specialist at doylec@ntfb.org or 214-270-1996.

We’re always excited when February rolls around, because it is National Canned Food Month! This is a great opportunity for you to host a canned food drive benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. What Should I donate to a food drive?Hosting your own food drive for NTFB isn’t difficult – but, you will want to make sure you have a strategy before jumping in and we’re here to help with that!

The first step is to determine where in the community you want to host the drive. Maybe it’s at your office, at your place of worship, or at a community event — any location where you know many people may be interested in participating will work (but do make sure to check with the appropriate people at that location first). Next, determine your team; you can take on hosting the drive on your own, or ask friend, family or co-workers to join you in planning.

Now that you have your foundation set, you are ready to register your drive with us via our online form, then it’s time to start collecting! So how can you make sure people know about your food drive and what foods to bring? We suggest:

  • Hosting a canned food drive kick-off event to get the public excited about your drive
  • Hanging our customizable food drive posters anywhere you think people might see them (your office, school, apartment, etc…)
  • Taking photos and post on social media about the progress of your drive (make sure to tag the Food Bank in your posts as well!)

Often people want to know what foods we most need. When choosing items to donate or suggesting to others what they should bring, it is important to keep nutrition in mind. Currently, 87 percent of the food items distributed by NTFB are identified as “nutritious”; while that is high, we are working diligently to make that 100% and we’ll need your help. The food items we consistently need more of include: low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit (in-juice), canned chicken or tuna, dry or canned beans, whole-grain pasta or brown rice, and peanut butter.

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So you have come to the end of your fun-filled food drive, but what’s next? How your donations arrive at NTFB will depend on the amount of food your team collects. If your canned food drive collected fewer than 250 items, we ask that you drop off your donations directly at the Food Bank or a partner agency. This will save NTFB limited time and resources and will get that needed food to those in need faster. If your drive collected 250 items or more, you can submit a request for one of our staff members to come to your location and retrieve your boxes of items.

And if a canned food drive is not something you think you want to take on, you may also want to consider hosting a Virtual Food Drive. Through the NTFB website, individuals or teams can shop in a virtual grocery store for the items they wish to donate. It’s quick, easy, and also saves resources for the Food Bank!

This can take some effort, but it is a small price to pay for people who need help! One out of every six people in North Texas is food insecure, which includes one out of every four children. Hosting a canned food drive is one of the many ways you can help us close the hunger gap in North Texas and give back to those who are food insecure.

For more information on how you can get started on your canned food drive, visit our website here. Be sure to review the online video and Canned Food Drive handbook for more details and planning ideas.

Remember, one meal makes a difference!


For more information or to express your interest in our upcoming Canned Food Drive Workshop, contact: Doyle Carnahan, Retail Support Specialist at doylec@ntfb.org or 214-270-1996.


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January 16, 2017
by Alicia Farhat

Brighter Bites Delivers Nearly 2 Million Lbs. of Produce in 2016

January 16, 2017
by Alicia Farhat

NTFB Operations Staff

2016 was the busiest year yet for the Brighter Bites team in Dallas! Over the course of the entire year, we distributed nearly 2,000,000 pounds of produce to almost 8,000 families in need.

With such a productive year, we could not be prouder of our team or more grateful for the support we have received from each school and summer camp we served this year. The parent and community volunteers, faculty, and administration at all of our sites have embraced our mission to create communities of health in Dallas and consistently work to help us achieve our goals at their sites. I, along with Program Coordinators Jacqueline Noyola, Magaly Solis, and Catherine Miller and Program Associates Meredith Spence, Jamie Carrillo, Dallas Ruggieri, Maryann Aguinaga, and Stephanie Wells, truly appreciate all the volunteers and their enthusiasm for Brighter Bites.

Our programming would also not be possible without the unwavering support of the operations staff at NTFB. The warehouse, transportation, and procurement teams at NTFB work in tandem with Brighter Bites Dallas to ensure that families receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every week that we provide programming. We cannot thank them enough for their partnership. Vince Rhinehart, Marcus Moss, Jerrye Hall, and Joe Crawford, among many other NTFB team members, are the people who help to ensure there is a steady supply of produce arriving at our schools and summer camps all year long.

Finally, we want to thank FreshPoint Dallas for organizing produce donations from various suppliers this fall semester, and to everyone else who has donated their time and resources to ensure the success of Brighter Bites in Dallas.

Your support of our mission is a testament to the success of Brighter Bites!


As a partner program of the North Texas Food Bank, Brighter Bites mission is to create communities of health through fresh food. Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to kids, while also teaching them how to make healthier food choices. Each week during the 24-week program, qualified students take home 30 pounds of fresh produce from school, along with a healthy helping of in-class lessons and parent educational materials to get the whole family involved in healthier eating habits.

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2016 was the busiest year yet for the Brighter Bites team in Dallas! Over the course of the entire year, we distributed nearly 2,000,000 pounds of produce to almost 8,000 families in need.

With such a productive year, we could not be prouder of our team or more grateful for the support we have received from each school and summer camp we served this year. The parent and community volunteers, faculty, and administration at all of our sites have embraced our mission to create communities of health in Dallas and consistently work to help us achieve our goals at their sites. I, along with Program Coordinators Jacqueline Noyola, Magaly Solis, and Catherine Miller and Program Associates Meredith Spence, Jamie Carrillo, Dallas Ruggieri, Maryann Aguinaga, and Stephanie Wells, truly appreciate all the volunteers and their enthusiasm for Brighter Bites.

Our programming would also not be possible without the unwavering support of the operations staff at NTFB. The warehouse, transportation, and procurement teams at NTFB work in tandem with Brighter Bites Dallas to ensure that families receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every week that we provide programming. We cannot thank them enough for their partnership. Vince Rhinehart, Marcus Moss, Jerrye Hall, and Joe Crawford, among many other NTFB team members, are the people who help to ensure there is a steady supply of produce arriving at our schools and summer camps all year long.

Finally, we want to thank FreshPoint Dallas for organizing produce donations from various suppliers this fall semester, and to everyone else who has donated their time and resources to ensure the success of Brighter Bites in Dallas.

Your support of our mission is a testament to the success of Brighter Bites!


As a partner program of the North Texas Food Bank, Brighter Bites mission is to create communities of health through fresh food. Brighter Bites delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to kids, while also teaching them how to make healthier food choices. Each week during the 24-week program, qualified students take home 30 pounds of fresh produce from school, along with a healthy helping of in-class lessons and parent educational materials to get the whole family involved in healthier eating habits.


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December 31, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Some of our favorite moments of 2016

December 31, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, 2016 was a great year for fighting hunger!

Here are just a few of our favorite moments! Let us know what you would add to this list or which of these is your favorite!

Happy New Year from Team NTFB!

Our second Mobile Pantry hits the road

 

Bruce Springsteen mentions NTFB

 

Awesome events help us fight hunger

Empty Bowls, Taste of the NFL, and Harvest all continue being fun events that help us raise major funds for fighting hunger. (Make sure to check out ntfb.org/events to stay tuned for future events.)

And we’re off! Empty Bowls 2016 is a hit! #ntfbbowls

A video posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

   

#NTFBharvest has begun! We 💓 that everyone is here to help #fighthunger in North Texas!!! A photo posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

 

 

Sharing Life opens as our newest hub

 

 

Safety Video hilariously hits the airwaves and helps us keep our volunteers safe

 

 

North Texas turns orange for Hunger Action Month

   

Long-time staff honored with a Handprint Ceremony

 

 

 

Top NTFB Supporters Honored at the Golden Fork Awards

 

 

Couple who met at NTFB weds!

 

Bank of America & Dallas Cowboys Family continue a tradition


 

Don’t forget to help us close out 2016 strong by making a donation today! Thanks to generous matching donors, any amount you give can double today: ntfb.org/donate

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, 2016 was a great year for fighting hunger!

Here are just a few of our favorite moments! Let us know what you would add to this list or which of these is your favorite!

Happy New Year from Team NTFB!

Our second Mobile Pantry hits the road

 

Bruce Springsteen mentions NTFB

 

Awesome events help us fight hunger

Empty Bowls, Taste of the NFL, and Harvest all continue being fun events that help us raise major funds for fighting hunger. (Make sure to check out ntfb.org/events to stay tuned for future events.)

And we’re off! Empty Bowls 2016 is a hit! #ntfbbowls

A video posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

   

#NTFBharvest has begun! We 💓 that everyone is here to help #fighthunger in North Texas!!! A photo posted by North Texas Food Bank (@northtexasfoodbank) on

 

 

Sharing Life opens as our newest hub

 

 

Safety Video hilariously hits the airwaves and helps us keep our volunteers safe

 

 

North Texas turns orange for Hunger Action Month

   

Long-time staff honored with a Handprint Ceremony

 

 

 

Top NTFB Supporters Honored at the Golden Fork Awards

 

 

Couple who met at NTFB weds!

 

Bank of America & Dallas Cowboys Family continue a tradition


 

Don’t forget to help us close out 2016 strong by making a donation today! Thanks to generous matching donors, any amount you give can double today: ntfb.org/donate


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November 30, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Two School Districts Working to Fight Hunger

November 30, 2016
by Diana Carranza
HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

At NTFB, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is the many students and youth who join us in the fight against hunger during this time of year. From donating their birthday earnings to NTFB, to taking time to volunteer in our warehouse, so many youth in North Texas are doing their part to help those in need in their community during this season and we love it!

For the past several years, two communities in our service area have taken our mission district-wide; By rallying students in several schools within their district, both Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD have been able to make an even bigger impact for hungry children, families and seniors during this critical time of the year and beyond! We are so grateful for the school districts’ commitment to not only fighting hunger in the near term, but by teaching students about this important issue, helping us work towards a hunger-free community in our future!

Their results this holiday season are outstanding:

Highland Park ISD Scots 4 Turkeys Drive

Hyer Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park High School worked together to collect more than 1,500 pounds of shelf-stable trimmings to pair with Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, and raised an additional $4,235 in monetary donations which allowed for the purchase of 211 turkeys!

Read what one of the great teachers who helps to lead their efforts has to say about why they participate in the drive:

“I think it is important for us to share and to help others who need our support.  I hope all the families who do not have food will be able to feed their families over the holidays.”

-Margaret Henderson, McCulloch Intermediate School, 6th Grade

 

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Coppell ISD student collecting cans for their Family Feast Drive

Coppell ISD Family Feast Drive 

All 16 schools in Coppell ISD came together to collect nearly 12,400 pounds of shelf-stable food and $13,708 in online donations! In total, that will provide access to 51,454 meals this holiday season. We are in awe of their hard work to get everyone in their community involved in putting food on the table for families in need!

 

 

We can’t fully express just how appreciative we are of Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD for all they are doing to help us fight hunger in North Texas now and in the future! 

 

 

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

HPISD students did their part to make a difference this holiday season!

At NTFB, one of our favorite things about the holiday season is the many students and youth who join us in the fight against hunger during this time of year. From donating their birthday earnings to NTFB, to taking time to volunteer in our warehouse, so many youth in North Texas are doing their part to help those in need in their community during this season and we love it!

For the past several years, two communities in our service area have taken our mission district-wide; By rallying students in several schools within their district, both Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD have been able to make an even bigger impact for hungry children, families and seniors during this critical time of the year and beyond! We are so grateful for the school districts’ commitment to not only fighting hunger in the near term, but by teaching students about this important issue, helping us work towards a hunger-free community in our future!

Their results this holiday season are outstanding:

Highland Park ISD Scots 4 Turkeys Drive

Hyer Elementary, Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, McCulloch Intermediate School and Highland Park High School worked together to collect more than 1,500 pounds of shelf-stable trimmings to pair with Thanksgiving dinners for the needy, and raised an additional $4,235 in monetary donations which allowed for the purchase of 211 turkeys!

Read what one of the great teachers who helps to lead their efforts has to say about why they participate in the drive:

“I think it is important for us to share and to help others who need our support.  I hope all the families who do not have food will be able to feed their families over the holidays.”

-Margaret Henderson, McCulloch Intermediate School, 6th Grade

 

15129447_1471765946171843_6499885435830796750_o

Coppell ISD student collecting cans for their Family Feast Drive

Coppell ISD Family Feast Drive 

All 16 schools in Coppell ISD came together to collect nearly 12,400 pounds of shelf-stable food and $13,708 in online donations! In total, that will provide access to 51,454 meals this holiday season. We are in awe of their hard work to get everyone in their community involved in putting food on the table for families in need!

 

 

We can’t fully express just how appreciative we are of Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD for all they are doing to help us fight hunger in North Texas now and in the future! 

 

 


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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.”

Give Now

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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