April 29, 2016
by Jennifer Green

Volunteer Spotlight: Joseph Caguioa

April 29, 2016
by Jennifer Green

Joseph CollageJoseph Caguioa is an Infectious Disease Lab Tech who was bitten by the NTFB volunteer bug one year ago, “My week feels incomplete if I don’t give back.”

While many would go home after a day’s work, Joseph faithfully makes his way to our facility at Cockrell Hill.  Every Thursday you can find him sitting at a computer entering a never-ending pile of data into spreadsheets for the Philanthropy Operations (POps) Team.  Other volunteers shy away from such a monotonous task, but not Joseph.

“It’s an easy way to decompress and it’s in line with my strengths,” he said with a soft smile.

The work Joseph is able to complete helps NTFB track volunteers, discover relationships between donors, and quantifies the support provided by organizations and companies.  His reliability, speed and easy-going demeanor make him a favorite among the POps team.

It was a New Year’s Resolution that spurred his commitment to community service.  After a few sessions at the North Texas Food Bank, Joseph saw the efficiency of our operations.  “NTFB is great because it’s like a well-oiled machine.  You have a wide reach and are able to distribute millions of meals.  It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who are passionate about what they are doing.”

It’s just as nice to be working alongside folks who donate their time in support of our mission.  Thank you, Joseph!

 

Joseph CollageJoseph Caguioa is an Infectious Disease Lab Tech who was bitten by the NTFB volunteer bug one year ago, “My week feels incomplete if I don’t give back.”

While many would go home after a day’s work, Joseph faithfully makes his way to our facility at Cockrell Hill.  Every Thursday you can find him sitting at a computer entering a never-ending pile of data into spreadsheets for the Philanthropy Operations (POps) Team.  Other volunteers shy away from such a monotonous task, but not Joseph.

“It’s an easy way to decompress and it’s in line with my strengths,” he said with a soft smile.

The work Joseph is able to complete helps NTFB track volunteers, discover relationships between donors, and quantifies the support provided by organizations and companies.  His reliability, speed and easy-going demeanor make him a favorite among the POps team.

It was a New Year’s Resolution that spurred his commitment to community service.  After a few sessions at the North Texas Food Bank, Joseph saw the efficiency of our operations.  “NTFB is great because it’s like a well-oiled machine.  You have a wide reach and are able to distribute millions of meals.  It’s really nice to be surrounded by people who are passionate about what they are doing.”

It’s just as nice to be working alongside folks who donate their time in support of our mission.  Thank you, Joseph!

 


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April 13, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Nourishing our Neighbors

April 13, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Pat and John Wesley - Nourishing Neighbors (5)Pat and John have been married for 40 years. In that time, they’ve enjoyed countless meals together, mostly prepared by John, who loves to cook. Because they’ve both been long-time champions of hunger relief, they never imagined they’d need assistance themselves.

For nearly three decades, Pat and John managed a daycare center that partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to connect struggling families with groceries — including fresh produce. Pat still remembers the early days of this effort, when John would cook up a serving of whatever they were giving away, so the families knew how to use all the different veggies they received.

But all this came to an end around 2005, when Pat suffered a severe stroke. Now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, it’s challenging for her to get around – even in her own home. As for John, his vision is nearly completely gone. They both rely on Social Security income to cover their monthly expenses.

Given both of their health problems and lack of financial resources, it’s difficult to make trips to the grocery store, or anywhere else for that matter. That’s why Pat says she and John were among the first to sign up for the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program, which delivers healthful food to home-bound seniors every two weeks.

Each time their volunteer, Deborah, comes to their door step, they receive enough fruits and vegetables to make filling and balanced meals. If it weren’t for this food, made possible through your gifts, Pat knows she and John would go hungry – and no one would ever know.

“Thank you, we appreciate it,” Pat says, earnestly. “It allows us to have nutritious meals without having to travel outside our home.”

Pat and John Wesley - Nourishing Neighbors (5)Pat and John have been married for 40 years. In that time, they’ve enjoyed countless meals together, mostly prepared by John, who loves to cook. Because they’ve both been long-time champions of hunger relief, they never imagined they’d need assistance themselves.

For nearly three decades, Pat and John managed a daycare center that partnered with the North Texas Food Bank to connect struggling families with groceries — including fresh produce. Pat still remembers the early days of this effort, when John would cook up a serving of whatever they were giving away, so the families knew how to use all the different veggies they received.

But all this came to an end around 2005, when Pat suffered a severe stroke. Now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, it’s challenging for her to get around – even in her own home. As for John, his vision is nearly completely gone. They both rely on Social Security income to cover their monthly expenses.

Given both of their health problems and lack of financial resources, it’s difficult to make trips to the grocery store, or anywhere else for that matter. That’s why Pat says she and John were among the first to sign up for the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program, which delivers healthful food to home-bound seniors every two weeks.

Each time their volunteer, Deborah, comes to their door step, they receive enough fruits and vegetables to make filling and balanced meals. If it weren’t for this food, made possible through your gifts, Pat knows she and John would go hungry – and no one would ever know.

“Thank you, we appreciate it,” Pat says, earnestly. “It allows us to have nutritious meals without having to travel outside our home.”


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March 30, 2016
by Kathleen Robinson

NTFB Water Challenge

March 30, 2016
by Kathleen Robinson

Water Challenge
As all of us at NTFB continue to sharpen our focus on nutrition and foods that encourage good health for our community, we realize there’s no doubt that hydration plays a big part in health, including our own well being. So now through the first week of May, NTFB staff members are practicing what we “preach” and taking part in a Water Challenge. You’re encouraged to join us in this tracking challenge to get and stay hydrated!

How much water should you drink each day? Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Set a goal to increase the amount you drink a little each week.

hydration challenge cal jpgTracking:

Daily tracking is a great way to develop a new healthy habit. Try tracking your water during the challenge with these free apps:

Android: Watertracker
Apple: Waterlogged

Or if you would rather track on paper, use our calendar here. You’re encouraged to not only track the amount of water you’re drinking, but also how you feel each day.

Resources:

Here are more great resources to keep you motivated:

Water Challenge
As all of us at NTFB continue to sharpen our focus on nutrition and foods that encourage good health for our community, we realize there’s no doubt that hydration plays a big part in health, including our own well being. So now through the first week of May, NTFB staff members are practicing what we “preach” and taking part in a Water Challenge. You’re encouraged to join us in this tracking challenge to get and stay hydrated!

How much water should you drink each day? Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Set a goal to increase the amount you drink a little each week.

hydration challenge cal jpgTracking:

Daily tracking is a great way to develop a new healthy habit. Try tracking your water during the challenge with these free apps:

Android: Watertracker
Apple: Waterlogged

Or if you would rather track on paper, use our calendar here. You’re encouraged to not only track the amount of water you’re drinking, but also how you feel each day.

Resources:

Here are more great resources to keep you motivated:


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March 15, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Super Volunteer: Deborah Fugit

March 15, 2016
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Deb Fugit Blog
It was nearly seven years ago when Deborah Fugit joined the fight against hunger. Around that time, she was responsible for organizing a birthday party for Lyda Hill, her former employer and a generous North Texas Food Bank supporter.

Because the event was held at the Food Bank’s distribution center on Cockrell Hill Road, Deborah had the chance to learn all about the mission to close the gap on hunger. She was so moved by what she saw that she decided to make a difference and volunteer, helping put food on the table for neighbors in need.

With only a limited amount of time to help outside her busy work schedule, Deborah needed a new volunteer opportunity that would allow her to balance her job responsibilities with her desire to serve. Fortunately, because the Food Bank offers so many ways to get involved, she had no trouble finding a good fit as a volunteer with the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program.

Deborah's Highland Park Presbyterian Church's Bible Study class volunteering at our Distribution Center

After careful consideration, Deborah became one of the first volunteers for the program, which delivers fresh produce and other staples to home-bound neighbors who are age 50 and over. Since the program’s beginning, she’s been able to bring joy, companionship and nutritious food to struggling seniors.

In addition to volunteering with Nourishing Neighbors, Deborah also organizes a group volunteer effort at the North Texas Food Bank with friends and members of her Bible study group. Every few months, they meet to prepare Food 4 Kids backpacks, filling bags with shelf-stable, kid-friendly foods made available to chronically hungry children every Friday during the school year.

After so many years of dedicated service to the cause of hunger relief, the North Texas Food Bank recently recognized Deborah as Volunteer of the Year with a “Golden Fork Award.” We hope this serves as a reminder of how thankful we are for her commitment to fighting hunger in our community!

 


 

Learn more about Deborah, our Nourishing Neighbors program, and how to get involved in our 2015-2016 video.

(This piece originally appeared in our Spring 2016 Around the Table newsletter.)

 

 

Deb Fugit Blog
It was nearly seven years ago when Deborah Fugit joined the fight against hunger. Around that time, she was responsible for organizing a birthday party for Lyda Hill, her former employer and a generous North Texas Food Bank supporter.

Because the event was held at the Food Bank’s distribution center on Cockrell Hill Road, Deborah had the chance to learn all about the mission to close the gap on hunger. She was so moved by what she saw that she decided to make a difference and volunteer, helping put food on the table for neighbors in need.

With only a limited amount of time to help outside her busy work schedule, Deborah needed a new volunteer opportunity that would allow her to balance her job responsibilities with her desire to serve. Fortunately, because the Food Bank offers so many ways to get involved, she had no trouble finding a good fit as a volunteer with the Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors program.

Deborah's Highland Park Presbyterian Church's Bible Study class volunteering at our Distribution Center

After careful consideration, Deborah became one of the first volunteers for the program, which delivers fresh produce and other staples to home-bound neighbors who are age 50 and over. Since the program’s beginning, she’s been able to bring joy, companionship and nutritious food to struggling seniors.

In addition to volunteering with Nourishing Neighbors, Deborah also organizes a group volunteer effort at the North Texas Food Bank with friends and members of her Bible study group. Every few months, they meet to prepare Food 4 Kids backpacks, filling bags with shelf-stable, kid-friendly foods made available to chronically hungry children every Friday during the school year.

After so many years of dedicated service to the cause of hunger relief, the North Texas Food Bank recently recognized Deborah as Volunteer of the Year with a “Golden Fork Award.” We hope this serves as a reminder of how thankful we are for her commitment to fighting hunger in our community!

 


 

Learn more about Deborah, our Nourishing Neighbors program, and how to get involved in our 2015-2016 video.

(This piece originally appeared in our Spring 2016 Around the Table newsletter.)

 

 


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March 03, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to Fight Hunger this Spring

March 03, 2016
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to Fight Hunger this Spring

We’re excited about all the fun things to do in Dallas this Spring, especially those that are helping us fight hunger! From Empty Bowls at the Meyerson next week to Taste of the NFL in May, we’re sure you can find something exciting happening in our community that will also allow you to give back to those in need!


Empty Bowls, presented by Kroger
– March 11, 2016

Guests will enjoy lunch at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, while supporting the North Texas Food Bank. In addition to soup and other bowl friendly fare from 20 of North Texas’ finest 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 include: Blue Mesa Grill  |  Celebration Market and Restaurant  |  Dining at the Meyerson  |  Empire Baking Co.  |  Kroger  |  Low Country Quisine  |  McAlister’s Deli  |  Meso Maya   |  Mi Cocina  |  Mozzarella Company  |  NTFB Community Kitchen  |  Panera Bread  |  Royal Cup Coffee  |  Snappy Salads   |  SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza  |  Tejano Brothers  |  True Food Kitchen  |  Urban Crust  |  Wolfgang Puck Catering


Dash Down Greenville
– March 19, 2016

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 ever before. Besides having fun, you’ll also contribute to the North Texas Food Bank, this event’s annual beneficiary. Register for Dash Down Greenville here.


Big Texas Beer Fest
– April 1-2, 2016

The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ original beer festival benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. This event is the fifth-annual and happens April 1-2, 2016 at the Fair Park Automobile Building. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. As you might expect, much of the festival focuses on the emerging North Texas craft beer scene, and Texas craft beer as a whole. Plenty of food is always available from one of the many food trucks, or local artisanal food vendors. And while you eat, be sure to listen to local music acts on the outdoor stage. Buy your tickets now at www.bigtexasbeerfest.com


Comerica Bank Shred Day
– April 23, 2016

Comerica will be hosting the sixth annual Shred Day DFW at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter – Farmers Branch on Saturday, April 23 benefiting NTFB.

Since 2011, Comerica Bank and Iron Mountain have helped Texans securely destroy and recycle more than 1.6 million pounds of sensitive paper documents at the Shred Day events, helping keep that paper out of the hands of dumpster-diving identity thieves and local landfills. While document shredding is free, you’re encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for NTFB! Learn more at comerica.com.


Taste of the NFL
– May 1, 2016

Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger at AT&T Stadium! Support the North Texas Food Bank’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment including Jack Ingram, silent and live auctions, and fun tailgate games. It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $2 million for hungry North Texas children. Tickets available at ntfb.org/TNFL


Visit ntfb.org to learn more things to do in Dallas to fight hunger, including through monetary donations, canned food drives or volunteering

Things to do in Dallas to Fight Hunger this Spring

We’re excited about all the fun things to do in Dallas this Spring, especially those that are helping us fight hunger! From Empty Bowls at the Meyerson next week to Taste of the NFL in May, we’re sure you can find something exciting happening in our community that will also allow you to give back to those in need!


Empty Bowls, presented by Kroger
– March 11, 2016

Guests will enjoy lunch at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, while supporting the North Texas Food Bank. In addition to soup and other bowl friendly fare from 20 of North Texas’ finest 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 include: Blue Mesa Grill  |  Celebration Market and Restaurant  |  Dining at the Meyerson  |  Empire Baking Co.  |  Kroger  |  Low Country Quisine  |  McAlister’s Deli  |  Meso Maya   |  Mi Cocina  |  Mozzarella Company  |  NTFB Community Kitchen  |  Panera Bread  |  Royal Cup Coffee  |  Snappy Salads   |  SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza  |  Tejano Brothers  |  True Food Kitchen  |  Urban Crust  |  Wolfgang Puck Catering


Dash Down Greenville
– March 19, 2016

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 ever before. Besides having fun, you’ll also contribute to the North Texas Food Bank, this event’s annual beneficiary. Register for Dash Down Greenville here.


Big Texas Beer Fest
– April 1-2, 2016

The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ original beer festival benefiting the North Texas Food Bank. This event is the fifth-annual and happens April 1-2, 2016 at the Fair Park Automobile Building. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. As you might expect, much of the festival focuses on the emerging North Texas craft beer scene, and Texas craft beer as a whole. Plenty of food is always available from one of the many food trucks, or local artisanal food vendors. And while you eat, be sure to listen to local music acts on the outdoor stage. Buy your tickets now at www.bigtexasbeerfest.com


Comerica Bank Shred Day
– April 23, 2016

Comerica will be hosting the sixth annual Shred Day DFW at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter – Farmers Branch on Saturday, April 23 benefiting NTFB.

Since 2011, Comerica Bank and Iron Mountain have helped Texans securely destroy and recycle more than 1.6 million pounds of sensitive paper documents at the Shred Day events, helping keep that paper out of the hands of dumpster-diving identity thieves and local landfills. While document shredding is free, you’re encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation for NTFB! Learn more at comerica.com.


Taste of the NFL
– May 1, 2016

Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger at AT&T Stadium! Support the North Texas Food Bank’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment including Jack Ingram, silent and live auctions, and fun tailgate games. It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $2 million for hungry North Texas children. Tickets available at ntfb.org/TNFL


Visit ntfb.org to learn more things to do in Dallas to fight hunger, including through monetary donations, canned food drives or volunteering


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December 03, 2015
by Becca Hummel

Things to do this December to Fight Hunger

December 03, 2015
by Becca Hummel

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


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

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


Whole Foods: December 1st through 15th

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


Bringing Hope to the Table: All December

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


M Crowd: All December

All Dallas Mi Cocina and Taco Diner locations

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


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

5803 East Northwest Highway, Dallas

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

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


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

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

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


#Kissandtella Challengekissandtella

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

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


31st Annual Treats of Christmas: December 19th

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

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

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


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

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


Whole Foods: December 1st through 15th

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


Bringing Hope to the Table: All December

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


M Crowd: All December

All Dallas Mi Cocina and Taco Diner locations

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


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

5803 East Northwest Highway, Dallas

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

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


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

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

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


#Kissandtella Challengekissandtella

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

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


31st Annual Treats of Christmas: December 19th

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

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


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November 23, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Bird Flu & Turkey Distribution

November 23, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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November 03, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

November 03, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

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

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

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

Liberty Burger “Give Back Burger”: all November

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

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

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

Trinity River Run: November 14th

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

Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament: November 22nd

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

Day of Giving Thanks: November 22nd

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

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

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

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger this November

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

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

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

Liberty Burger “Give Back Burger”: all November

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

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

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

Trinity River Run: November 14th

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

Kicksgiving Kickball Tournament: November 22nd

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

Day of Giving Thanks: November 22nd

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

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

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


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October 26, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Call Congress Today to Improve Child Nutrition!

October 26, 2015
by Diana Carranza


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

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

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

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

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

Call Congress Today!

Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Call Congress Today!

Calling Congress is easy. Here’s how:

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

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

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

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


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September 30, 2015
by Andy Stoker

Deepening our awareness through the SNAP Challenge

September 30, 2015
by Andy Stoker

Andy Stoker

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

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

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

Donate our time and our money,

Deliver food to homes of elders,

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

Buy only what we need from the grocery store, and

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

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

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


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

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

Andy Stoker

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

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

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

Donate our time and our money,

Deliver food to homes of elders,

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

Buy only what we need from the grocery store, and

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

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

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


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

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


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