November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

The Face of Hunger

November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Do you know the face of hunger?

This holiday season, the North Texas Food Bank launched The Face of Hunger giving campaign to raise awareness regarding the many faces of hunger. With nearly 800,000 neighbors residing in food-insecure households, the face of hunger is all around. Maybe in the house down the street, at a nearby childcare center or school, possibly in the office across the hall – you likely know the face of hunger. In our community, individuals who don’t know where or how they will find their next meal could be a neighbor, colleague or classmate.

Hunger is not bound by race, color, creed, age or socio-economic level, and can affect anyone. For that reason, the campaign features images that reflect this diversity, emphasizing that hunger does not discriminate. The campaign runs through December 31, and aims to strengthen support during the holidays when the need for food assistance increases. Our neighbors in need don’t have to spend the holiday season, or any day of the year, facing hunger.

Thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made during the campaign will be doubled, up to $200,000. That means $1 provides six meals. Your support provides hungry neighbors with fresh produce, proteins and shelf-stable items, and ensures they will find food on their tables during a season when most gather for special meals with friends and family.

During these last few months of 2019, take a moment and remember – the face of hunger is likely closer than you think, and when you see the face of hunger, you face hunger. This holiday season, and all throughout the year, join the Food Bank in facing and fighting hunger.

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.

Do you know the face of hunger?

This holiday season, the North Texas Food Bank launched The Face of Hunger giving campaign to raise awareness regarding the many faces of hunger. With nearly 800,000 neighbors residing in food-insecure households, the face of hunger is all around. Maybe in the house down the street, at a nearby childcare center or school, possibly in the office across the hall – you likely know the face of hunger. In our community, individuals who don’t know where or how they will find their next meal could be a neighbor, colleague or classmate.

Hunger is not bound by race, color, creed, age or socio-economic level, and can affect anyone. For that reason, the campaign features images that reflect this diversity, emphasizing that hunger does not discriminate. The campaign runs through December 31, and aims to strengthen support during the holidays when the need for food assistance increases. Our neighbors in need don’t have to spend the holiday season, or any day of the year, facing hunger.

Thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made during the campaign will be doubled, up to $200,000. That means $1 provides six meals. Your support provides hungry neighbors with fresh produce, proteins and shelf-stable items, and ensures they will find food on their tables during a season when most gather for special meals with friends and family.

During these last few months of 2019, take a moment and remember – the face of hunger is likely closer than you think, and when you see the face of hunger, you face hunger. This holiday season, and all throughout the year, join the Food Bank in facing and fighting hunger.

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.


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October 29, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

NTFB Provides a Rapid Response for North Texas Neighbors Affected by Storms

October 29, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Volunteers from Texas Instruments worked with Food Bank staff members to make door-to-door deliveries of relief packs and snack boxes to storm victims in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

A week and a half has passed since nearly a dozen tornadoes ravaged North Texas, leaving a trail of debris and severely damaged homes and businesses. At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by this storm. As many begin the overwhelming process of shifting through the wreckage that was once home, the Food Bank is committed to extending food assistance to our neighbors in need. During the critical time following a major disaster, the Food Bank works collaboratively with fellow service-providers to ensure real-time assistance to our North Texas community.

For far too many in our community, the recent storm inflicted significant structural damage that prevented access to vehicles, and even with access, debris filled their streets, prohibiting travel. Thousands were without water or electricity, and with a power outage, and a pantry obliterated by high winds, finding food becomes a serious task. The Food Bank’s unique role during this time is to immediately provide food and beverages because our neighbors who have suffered greatly – should not also suffer from hunger. The Food Bank mobilized distributions of disaster relief packs and snack boxes to our network of partners who are on the front lines, working to help North Texans in need. In addition, the Food Bank’s fleet of mobile pantry trucks delivered assistance to several areas of need, with volunteers also making door-to-door distributions.

If you are interested in helping the Food Bank as we work to provide for our community, we strongly encourage you to consider donating on our website, or to host your own canned food drive to help collect non-perishable food. Thousands of our neighbors have suffered major damage to their homes and businesses, lost all perishable food and now face an unforeseen financial burden. To help the North Texas Food Bank help our neighbors in need, and empower our ability to provide a rapid response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. The collective support from our community is more critical now than ever.

Volunteers from Texas Instruments worked with Food Bank staff members to make door-to-door deliveries of relief packs and snack boxes to storm victims in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.

A week and a half has passed since nearly a dozen tornadoes ravaged North Texas, leaving a trail of debris and severely damaged homes and businesses. At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by this storm. As many begin the overwhelming process of shifting through the wreckage that was once home, the Food Bank is committed to extending food assistance to our neighbors in need. During the critical time following a major disaster, the Food Bank works collaboratively with fellow service-providers to ensure real-time assistance to our North Texas community.

For far too many in our community, the recent storm inflicted significant structural damage that prevented access to vehicles, and even with access, debris filled their streets, prohibiting travel. Thousands were without water or electricity, and with a power outage, and a pantry obliterated by high winds, finding food becomes a serious task. The Food Bank’s unique role during this time is to immediately provide food and beverages because our neighbors who have suffered greatly – should not also suffer from hunger. The Food Bank mobilized distributions of disaster relief packs and snack boxes to our network of partners who are on the front lines, working to help North Texans in need. In addition, the Food Bank’s fleet of mobile pantry trucks delivered assistance to several areas of need, with volunteers also making door-to-door distributions.

If you are interested in helping the Food Bank as we work to provide for our community, we strongly encourage you to consider donating on our website, or to host your own canned food drive to help collect non-perishable food. Thousands of our neighbors have suffered major damage to their homes and businesses, lost all perishable food and now face an unforeseen financial burden. To help the North Texas Food Bank help our neighbors in need, and empower our ability to provide a rapid response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. The collective support from our community is more critical now than ever.


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October 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Top NTFB Volunteers and Supporters Honored at 12th Annual Golden Fork Award Ceremony

October 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Golden Fork Award winners, L-R: Danny Flores, H-E-B/Central Market and Mabrie Jackson, H-E-B/Central Market – Corporation of the Year; Lonnie Pollock IV, Pollock/Orora and Lonnie Pollock III, Pollock/Orora – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach – Jan Pruitt Legacy Award; Dave Arrington – Tom Black Volunteer of the Year; Chamalee Diaz, HelloFresh – Retail Partner of the Year; Lyda Hill – Lifetime Achievement Award; Catie Enrico – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; and Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.

Look behind the scenes at the North Texas Food Bank and discover the heart of our community. You’ll see individuals, foundation and corporate friends and a vast feeding network of more than 200 Partner Agencies, joined together with Food Bank staff members to provide food assistance to our neighbors in need. Unified by the belief that no one deserves to be hungry, this army of hunger fighters is nourishing North Texas and proving that together, our community can overcome hunger.

Recently, the Food Bank honored top volunteers at the 12th annual Golden Fork Award ceremony. These awards are presented each year to supporters and volunteers who have exemplified commitment and dedication to hunger relief in North Texas. Past recipients have included Chef Kent Rathbun, the Dallas Theater Center, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Toyota and the Hillcrest Foundation.

The following were honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus:

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

A true Texas institution, H‑E‑B has provided more than groceries to the Lone Star State throughout its tenure, and hunger relief has been a key focus since day one. For more than a century, H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the communities it serves has been an important part of the way the company does business. As a NTFB Food Industry Partner, H‑E‑B has supported many food bank initiatives throughout the years. From ongoing food donations, to including regular reclamation loads, peanut butter for our Collin County Peanut Butter Drive and a full truckload of cereal in honor of Hunger Action Month, H‑E‑B has provided invaluable support to our critical work feeding our North Texas neighbors. Over the years, H-E-B has donated more than 32 million pounds of food to Texas and Mexico food banks, equal to more than 25 million meals.

Hunger Ambassadors of the Year: Catie Enrico and Pollock/Orora

Catie Enrico

Serving her community has long been a priority to Catie Enrico, Vice President of the Enrico Foundation, which honors the legacy of her recently deceased father-in-law Roger Enrico and his wife Rosemary. When she joined the Food Bank as chair of the annual Letter Writing Campaign in 2017, she set her sights on providing more healthy meals to children in need. As chair, Catie fearlessly led this campaign for two years, and under her tenure, the Letter Writing Campaign thrived! In her first year as chair – the campaign not only met its annual goal but exceeded it – a more than 69 percent increase from the previous year. Because of her leadership, the Letter Writing Campaign is positioned for continued success, and Catie helped advance awareness regarding the need for more nutritious foods for our North Texas children.

Pollock/Orora

For more than 100 years, the Pollock name has been a staple in our North Texas community, creating solutions for everyday business needs. It will come as no surprise that the Pollock family, the Pollock/Orora company and its employees are all passionate about solving an everyday issue that impacts our community – hunger. Pollock joined the Food Bank in our fight against hunger in 2006, and made critical investments of their time, resources and financial contributions – all toward advancing the future of hunger relief work in a way that only Pollock can do. Their strategic investment established our southern hub that is now known as The Pollock Campus at Cockrell Hill Road. This year, Pollock/Orora went above and beyond in their commitment to close the hunger gap. From Food Bank event sponsorships, providing trucks and other resources to help us make our move to this new facility, volunteering at the Perot Family Campus and at various Partner Agencies and holding an employee giving campaign that resulted in record support, Pollock truly is a hunger ambassador in every possible way.

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

Dave is a servant leader who is often found behind-the-scenes at major NTFB happenings, often doing the least desirable work – moving supplies or sorting through surplus. And, he does it without being asked. He just knows what must be done and steps in. Dave made it a top priority to welcome volunteers to the new Perot Family Campus and led the way alongside staff in developing NTFB’s “Kernel” Program, designed to develop new volunteer leaders. His heart shines through his hands and his unwavering commitment to serving neighbors in need demonstrates his generous spirit.

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

HelloFresh, the leading global meal kit provider, was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to the best ingredients and knowledge on how to cook them. For the past four years, through weekly in-store pick-ups, HelloFresh has provided NTFB with fresh produce and other nutritious foods for food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. Even with their explosive growth, providing nutritious foods to neighbors in need remains a top priority. Since establishing the partnership, HelloFresh has provided nearly 3.5 million pounds of food to help feed hungry North Texans.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill has shown transformational support for NTFB’s work in closing the hunger gap. The Foundation generously supported NTFB’s capital campaign, and most recently, made an investment in the purchase of a warehouse management system to help ensure NTFB has the critical infrastructure in place to continue providing nutritious food in North Texas as long as needed. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with NTFB and Feeding Texas to research the utilization of secondary market fruits and vegetables produced in Texas. The study found that in Texas alone, food banks capture 1/5 of the more than 350 million pounds of available secondary market fruits and vegetables. This discovery led to the creation of the Collaborative for Fresh Produce, a co-op that helps with produce distribution to food banks throughout the state.

Jan Pruitt Legacy Award: Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach

This award honors NTFB’s late CEO Jan Pruitt, who had a passion for helping her neighbors in need. The award was created in her memory three years ago.

In 1992, Teresa was a single mother of three boys and needed help. She sought assistance from her local food pantry and was met with people who made her feel helpless and ashamed. She found her calling in this life experience. In 1999, she founded Sharing Life Community Outreach in Mesquite, a Food Bank Partner Agency now considered a well-respected non-profit organization that helps meet the needs of food-insecure North Texans. Sharing Life operates a client choice food pantry, provides rental and utility assistance, financial empowerment training, gently used clothing and medical equipment in a loving and compassionate environment. In 2016, Sharing Life became an official Food Bank hub, operating like a mini Food Bank and distributing food from NTFB to 60 food pantries.

Our work at the North Texas Food Bank providing nutritious food to our neighbors in need would not be possible without the selfless, hard work from these compassionate individuals and organizations.

To learn more about how you can support the Food Bank and join our army of hunger fighters, visit ntfb.org.

To view all photos from the event, click here.

Golden Fork Award winners, L-R: Danny Flores, H-E-B/Central Market and Mabrie Jackson, H-E-B/Central Market – Corporation of the Year; Lonnie Pollock IV, Pollock/Orora and Lonnie Pollock III, Pollock/Orora – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach – Jan Pruitt Legacy Award; Dave Arrington – Tom Black Volunteer of the Year; Chamalee Diaz, HelloFresh – Retail Partner of the Year; Lyda Hill – Lifetime Achievement Award; Catie Enrico – Hunger Ambassador of the Year; and Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.

Look behind the scenes at the North Texas Food Bank and discover the heart of our community. You’ll see individuals, foundation and corporate friends and a vast feeding network of more than 200 Partner Agencies, joined together with Food Bank staff members to provide food assistance to our neighbors in need. Unified by the belief that no one deserves to be hungry, this army of hunger fighters is nourishing North Texas and proving that together, our community can overcome hunger.

Recently, the Food Bank honored top volunteers at the 12th annual Golden Fork Award ceremony. These awards are presented each year to supporters and volunteers who have exemplified commitment and dedication to hunger relief in North Texas. Past recipients have included Chef Kent Rathbun, the Dallas Theater Center, Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Toyota and the Hillcrest Foundation.

The following were honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 24 at the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus:

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

A true Texas institution, H‑E‑B has provided more than groceries to the Lone Star State throughout its tenure, and hunger relief has been a key focus since day one. For more than a century, H-E-B’s commitment and involvement in the communities it serves has been an important part of the way the company does business. As a NTFB Food Industry Partner, H‑E‑B has supported many food bank initiatives throughout the years. From ongoing food donations, to including regular reclamation loads, peanut butter for our Collin County Peanut Butter Drive and a full truckload of cereal in honor of Hunger Action Month, H‑E‑B has provided invaluable support to our critical work feeding our North Texas neighbors. Over the years, H-E-B has donated more than 32 million pounds of food to Texas and Mexico food banks, equal to more than 25 million meals.

Hunger Ambassadors of the Year: Catie Enrico and Pollock/Orora

Catie Enrico

Serving her community has long been a priority to Catie Enrico, Vice President of the Enrico Foundation, which honors the legacy of her recently deceased father-in-law Roger Enrico and his wife Rosemary. When she joined the Food Bank as chair of the annual Letter Writing Campaign in 2017, she set her sights on providing more healthy meals to children in need. As chair, Catie fearlessly led this campaign for two years, and under her tenure, the Letter Writing Campaign thrived! In her first year as chair – the campaign not only met its annual goal but exceeded it – a more than 69 percent increase from the previous year. Because of her leadership, the Letter Writing Campaign is positioned for continued success, and Catie helped advance awareness regarding the need for more nutritious foods for our North Texas children.

Pollock/Orora

For more than 100 years, the Pollock name has been a staple in our North Texas community, creating solutions for everyday business needs. It will come as no surprise that the Pollock family, the Pollock/Orora company and its employees are all passionate about solving an everyday issue that impacts our community – hunger. Pollock joined the Food Bank in our fight against hunger in 2006, and made critical investments of their time, resources and financial contributions – all toward advancing the future of hunger relief work in a way that only Pollock can do. Their strategic investment established our southern hub that is now known as The Pollock Campus at Cockrell Hill Road. This year, Pollock/Orora went above and beyond in their commitment to close the hunger gap. From Food Bank event sponsorships, providing trucks and other resources to help us make our move to this new facility, volunteering at the Perot Family Campus and at various Partner Agencies and holding an employee giving campaign that resulted in record support, Pollock truly is a hunger ambassador in every possible way.

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

Dave is a servant leader who is often found behind-the-scenes at major NTFB happenings, often doing the least desirable work – moving supplies or sorting through surplus. And, he does it without being asked. He just knows what must be done and steps in. Dave made it a top priority to welcome volunteers to the new Perot Family Campus and led the way alongside staff in developing NTFB’s “Kernel” Program, designed to develop new volunteer leaders. His heart shines through his hands and his unwavering commitment to serving neighbors in need demonstrates his generous spirit.

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

HelloFresh, the leading global meal kit provider, was founded on the belief that everyone should have access to the best ingredients and knowledge on how to cook them. For the past four years, through weekly in-store pick-ups, HelloFresh has provided NTFB with fresh produce and other nutritious foods for food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. Even with their explosive growth, providing nutritious foods to neighbors in need remains a top priority. Since establishing the partnership, HelloFresh has provided nearly 3.5 million pounds of food to help feed hungry North Texans.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill has shown transformational support for NTFB’s work in closing the hunger gap. The Foundation generously supported NTFB’s capital campaign, and most recently, made an investment in the purchase of a warehouse management system to help ensure NTFB has the critical infrastructure in place to continue providing nutritious food in North Texas as long as needed. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with NTFB and Feeding Texas to research the utilization of secondary market fruits and vegetables produced in Texas. The study found that in Texas alone, food banks capture 1/5 of the more than 350 million pounds of available secondary market fruits and vegetables. This discovery led to the creation of the Collaborative for Fresh Produce, a co-op that helps with produce distribution to food banks throughout the state.

Jan Pruitt Legacy Award: Teresa Jackson, Sharing Life Community Outreach

This award honors NTFB’s late CEO Jan Pruitt, who had a passion for helping her neighbors in need. The award was created in her memory three years ago.

In 1992, Teresa was a single mother of three boys and needed help. She sought assistance from her local food pantry and was met with people who made her feel helpless and ashamed. She found her calling in this life experience. In 1999, she founded Sharing Life Community Outreach in Mesquite, a Food Bank Partner Agency now considered a well-respected non-profit organization that helps meet the needs of food-insecure North Texans. Sharing Life operates a client choice food pantry, provides rental and utility assistance, financial empowerment training, gently used clothing and medical equipment in a loving and compassionate environment. In 2016, Sharing Life became an official Food Bank hub, operating like a mini Food Bank and distributing food from NTFB to 60 food pantries.

Our work at the North Texas Food Bank providing nutritious food to our neighbors in need would not be possible without the selfless, hard work from these compassionate individuals and organizations.

To learn more about how you can support the Food Bank and join our army of hunger fighters, visit ntfb.org.

To view all photos from the event, click here.


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October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  

Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  


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October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Partner Agency Spotlight: Metrocrest Services

October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.

Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.


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September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

Status of Hunger in North Texas

September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham
Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

Trisha Cunningham is President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a $130 million nonprofit leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 41,000 volunteers work with more than 200 partner agencies from the NTFB Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million meals annually across a diverse 13-county service area. For more than 30 years, Trisha has served her community in various capacities, most recently as Chief Citizenship Officer at Texas Instruments (TI). Her commitment to nourishing her neighbors is evident in her vast civic involvement, and when she is not volunteering her time in the community, she can be found spending time with her family. 

Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

Trisha Cunningham is President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a $130 million nonprofit leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 41,000 volunteers work with more than 200 partner agencies from the NTFB Feeding Network to provide access to almost 77 million meals annually across a diverse 13-county service area. For more than 30 years, Trisha has served her community in various capacities, most recently as Chief Citizenship Officer at Texas Instruments (TI). Her commitment to nourishing her neighbors is evident in her vast civic involvement, and when she is not volunteering her time in the community, she can be found spending time with her family. 


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September 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

NTFB SuperFans Support North Texas Giving Day

September 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
More than 25 NTFB SuperFans created FUNdraising pages for North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 19, and this year, the Food Bank is proud of the many hunger fighters who pledged their support through creating individual FUNdraising pages. A new Giving Day feature, FUNdraising pages enable supporters to utilize peer-to-peer fundraising to encourage donations through email and social media channels. Hunger fighters can lend their voices, resources and network in support of the North Texas Food Bank, all through an easy-to-use online platform.

Through an 18-hour online giving event, North Texas Giving Day amplifies our collective-community impact and builds awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. This year, the Food Bank has set a Giving Day goal to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

But as technology brings innovative practices to the nonprofit sector – these advancements make it now easier than ever to help provide access to more nutritious meals to our community. $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors, and there’s still time to schedule a giving day donation and encourage family and friends to join you in donating to the North Texas Food Bank on North Texas Giving Day.

To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.

More than 25 NTFB SuperFans created FUNdraising pages for North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 19, and this year, the Food Bank is proud of the many hunger fighters who pledged their support through creating individual FUNdraising pages. A new Giving Day feature, FUNdraising pages enable supporters to utilize peer-to-peer fundraising to encourage donations through email and social media channels. Hunger fighters can lend their voices, resources and network in support of the North Texas Food Bank, all through an easy-to-use online platform.

Through an 18-hour online giving event, North Texas Giving Day amplifies our collective-community impact and builds awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. This year, the Food Bank has set a Giving Day goal to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

But as technology brings innovative practices to the nonprofit sector – these advancements make it now easier than ever to help provide access to more nutritious meals to our community. $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors, and there’s still time to schedule a giving day donation and encourage family and friends to join you in donating to the North Texas Food Bank on North Texas Giving Day.

To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.


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September 10, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

September is Hunger Action Month

September 10, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

All throughout September, the North Texas Food Bank will stand together with Feeding America and its extensive network of food banks in raising awareness on the issue of hunger. Hunger Action Month unites diverse communities who each share a commitment to closing the hunger gap, and have pledged to take action and work toward proving more healthy meals to food-insecure neighbors. Locally in North Texas, there are many ways you can get involved, and help hungry neighbors during this month-long campaign. We’ve compiled opportunities for every day of September at www.ntfb.org/ham, and included below are a few highlights to consider:

September 7 – 22Canstruction

Canstruction is currently on display now through Sunday, September 22 at NorthPark Center. View the various ‘Heroes Against Hunger’ cansculptures, and make a donation to vote for your favorite – $1 buys 1 vote (and three meals for our hungry neighbors). All proceeds support NTFB. To learn more about Canstruction and to vote, click here.

September 12Hunger Action Day

Wear orange in support of Hunger Action Day! After sundown, observe iconic Dallas skyscrapers illuminate orange and transform the downtown skyline. Upload your photos to social media and include the hashtag: #HungerActionMonth.

September 19North Texas Giving Day

Celebrate community-wide philanthropy and donate to NTFB on North Texas Giving Day. Schedule your Giving Day contribution now, and it’s not too late to become a SuperFan and create your own NTFB FUNdraising page. To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, click here

September 20HARVEST

Attend NTFB’s annual HARVEST event, and gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi. Your support of this special event provides critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need. To learn more about HARVEST, click here.

While September is Hunger Action Month, your support is needed year-round to help our neighbors who struggle with hunger every day. To learn how you can help support our critical hunger relief work, during this month-long campaign and beyond, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

All throughout September, the North Texas Food Bank will stand together with Feeding America and its extensive network of food banks in raising awareness on the issue of hunger. Hunger Action Month unites diverse communities who each share a commitment to closing the hunger gap, and have pledged to take action and work toward proving more healthy meals to food-insecure neighbors. Locally in North Texas, there are many ways you can get involved, and help hungry neighbors during this month-long campaign. We’ve compiled opportunities for every day of September at www.ntfb.org/ham, and included below are a few highlights to consider:

September 7 – 22Canstruction

Canstruction is currently on display now through Sunday, September 22 at NorthPark Center. View the various ‘Heroes Against Hunger’ cansculptures, and make a donation to vote for your favorite – $1 buys 1 vote (and three meals for our hungry neighbors). All proceeds support NTFB. To learn more about Canstruction and to vote, click here.

September 12Hunger Action Day

Wear orange in support of Hunger Action Day! After sundown, observe iconic Dallas skyscrapers illuminate orange and transform the downtown skyline. Upload your photos to social media and include the hashtag: #HungerActionMonth.

September 19North Texas Giving Day

Celebrate community-wide philanthropy and donate to NTFB on North Texas Giving Day. Schedule your Giving Day contribution now, and it’s not too late to become a SuperFan and create your own NTFB FUNdraising page. To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, click here

September 20HARVEST

Attend NTFB’s annual HARVEST event, and gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi. Your support of this special event provides critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need. To learn more about HARVEST, click here.

While September is Hunger Action Month, your support is needed year-round to help our neighbors who struggle with hunger every day. To learn how you can help support our critical hunger relief work, during this month-long campaign and beyond, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


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September 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join us for HARVEST – Friday, September 20

September 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will once again host the 6th Annual HARVEST.

Join the North Texas Food Bank on Friday, September 20, as we transform the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to HARVEST. You are invited to gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will provide the perfect autumn-themed backdrop, and HARVEST attendees will be the first to see the popular pumpkin displays. Event proceeds support the North Texas Food Bank’s vital Feeding Children and Feeding Seniors initiatives. Few other social issues affect our community like hunger, and because hunger is not bound by age or ethnicity, you likely know someone who has experienced hunger. Your support of HARVEST will provide critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need.

Tickets are now on sale and limited sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets, visit www.ntfb.org/harvest.


6th Annual HARVEST

Friday, September 20, 2019

6 – 7 p.m. VIP; 7 – 10 p.m. HARVEST


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A Tasteful Place – 8617 Garland Road, Entrance One – Dallas TX 75218


Event Co-Chairs – Lisa and Marvin Singleton

Honorary Chair – Chef Dean Fearing

Casual Chic Attire and Ages 21+

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will once again host the 6th Annual HARVEST.

Join the North Texas Food Bank on Friday, September 20, as we transform the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to HARVEST. You are invited to gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will provide the perfect autumn-themed backdrop, and HARVEST attendees will be the first to see the popular pumpkin displays. Event proceeds support the North Texas Food Bank’s vital Feeding Children and Feeding Seniors initiatives. Few other social issues affect our community like hunger, and because hunger is not bound by age or ethnicity, you likely know someone who has experienced hunger. Your support of HARVEST will provide critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need.

Tickets are now on sale and limited sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets, visit www.ntfb.org/harvest.


6th Annual HARVEST

Friday, September 20, 2019

6 – 7 p.m. VIP; 7 – 10 p.m. HARVEST


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A Tasteful Place – 8617 Garland Road, Entrance One – Dallas TX 75218


Event Co-Chairs – Lisa and Marvin Singleton

Honorary Chair – Chef Dean Fearing

Casual Chic Attire and Ages 21+


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August 27, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

North Texas Giving Day – Thursday, September 19

August 27, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

What can you do with $1? At the North Texas Food Bank, $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors in our community. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal. So $1 could ensure one more child has food on the table come dinnertime, or a senior neighbor doesn’t forgo groceries to afford a prescription. Closing the hunger gap in North Texas requires the collective support and compassion of many, and the Food Bank is proud to partner with the Communities Foundation of Texas for North Texas Giving Day.

On Thursday, September 19, NTFB will join other North Texas nonprofits in celebrating community-wide philanthropy for North Texas Giving Day. Since 2009, this 18-hour online giving event has built awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes in one easy-to-use platform. North Texas Giving Day aims to amplify our collective-community impact while highlighting each organizations unique focus area.

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, your gifts funded more than 2.2 million healthy meals for our hungry neighbors. Support from friends like you helps sustain our ability to provide access to more healthy food to more food-insecure households. Thanks to support provided by Priscilla Endicott Charitable Foundation, The Ryan Foundation and two anonymous donors, our Giving Day donations will be matched up to $150,000! That means, your donation will be doubled and go twice as far. This year, our goal is to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow.

Here’s how you can support NTFB for North Texas Giving Day:

*Become a SuperFan – create your own NTFB FUNdraising page, and help gather support from friends, family and your supporters

*Schedule your donation early – scheduling begins Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 18

*Donate to NTFB on Thursday, September 19, North Texas Giving Day

*Spread the word about North Texas Giving Day – visit the NTFB Facebook page for more information and share on your social media channels

To learn more, become a SuperFan and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.

What can you do with $1? At the North Texas Food Bank, $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors in our community. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal. So $1 could ensure one more child has food on the table come dinnertime, or a senior neighbor doesn’t forgo groceries to afford a prescription. Closing the hunger gap in North Texas requires the collective support and compassion of many, and the Food Bank is proud to partner with the Communities Foundation of Texas for North Texas Giving Day.

On Thursday, September 19, NTFB will join other North Texas nonprofits in celebrating community-wide philanthropy for North Texas Giving Day. Since 2009, this 18-hour online giving event has built awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes in one easy-to-use platform. North Texas Giving Day aims to amplify our collective-community impact while highlighting each organizations unique focus area.

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, your gifts funded more than 2.2 million healthy meals for our hungry neighbors. Support from friends like you helps sustain our ability to provide access to more healthy food to more food-insecure households. Thanks to support provided by Priscilla Endicott Charitable Foundation, The Ryan Foundation and two anonymous donors, our Giving Day donations will be matched up to $150,000! That means, your donation will be doubled and go twice as far. This year, our goal is to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow.

Here’s how you can support NTFB for North Texas Giving Day:

*Become a SuperFan – create your own NTFB FUNdraising page, and help gather support from friends, family and your supporters

*Schedule your donation early – scheduling begins Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 18

*Donate to NTFB on Thursday, September 19, North Texas Giving Day

*Spread the word about North Texas Giving Day – visit the NTFB Facebook page for more information and share on your social media channels

To learn more, become a SuperFan and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.


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