July 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Nourishing our Neighbors with Nutritious Foods

July 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Research tells us that food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand. Our neighbors who live in food-insecure households frequently share that healthy foods are too expensive, and simply not an available option. Imagine surviving on a diet that never included fruits or vegetables, or lean proteins and milk. The quality of the food you eat can impact your physical and mental health, so eating a balanced diet is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), we know all too well that foods that are high in nutritional value are likely out of reach for our food-insecure neighbors. For that reason and others, we are committed to providing access to nutritious food to all our hungry neighbors. But access to nutritious food is just part of the problem. The NTFB also offers free culinary and nutrition education. We are dedicated to closing the hunger gap in North Texas through empowering our neighbors to experience better health and quality of life through access to nutritious foods, and through providing the knowledge and skills to select and prepare healthy meals.

With summer now in full effect, enjoy this recipe crafted by Feeding America that utilizes healthy ingredients for a refreshing summer treat.

Summer Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients

Servings: 2

•             1 cup low-fat milk

•             ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

•             1 nectarine, sliced

•             1 banana, broken in half

•             ½ cup carrots – frozen, canned, or shredded fresh

•             1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

1.            Place all ingredients in a blender.

2.            Blend until smooth, adding more milk or ice as needed.

3.            Enjoy!

*Tip: Use what you have! If you don’t have carrots, try fresh spinach or cooked sweet potatoes. You can also replace vanilla yogurt with plain or strawberry yogurt.

Nutrition per serving: 198 calories, 9g protein, 2g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 3.5g fiber, 114mg sodium

To find more healthy recipes from Feeding America, click here.

Research tells us that food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand. Our neighbors who live in food-insecure households frequently share that healthy foods are too expensive, and simply not an available option. Imagine surviving on a diet that never included fruits or vegetables, or lean proteins and milk. The quality of the food you eat can impact your physical and mental health, so eating a balanced diet is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), we know all too well that foods that are high in nutritional value are likely out of reach for our food-insecure neighbors. For that reason and others, we are committed to providing access to nutritious food to all our hungry neighbors. But access to nutritious food is just part of the problem. The NTFB also offers free culinary and nutrition education. We are dedicated to closing the hunger gap in North Texas through empowering our neighbors to experience better health and quality of life through access to nutritious foods, and through providing the knowledge and skills to select and prepare healthy meals.

With summer now in full effect, enjoy this recipe crafted by Feeding America that utilizes healthy ingredients for a refreshing summer treat.

Summer Sunshine Smoothie

Ingredients

Servings: 2

•             1 cup low-fat milk

•             ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

•             1 nectarine, sliced

•             1 banana, broken in half

•             ½ cup carrots – frozen, canned, or shredded fresh

•             1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

1.            Place all ingredients in a blender.

2.            Blend until smooth, adding more milk or ice as needed.

3.            Enjoy!

*Tip: Use what you have! If you don’t have carrots, try fresh spinach or cooked sweet potatoes. You can also replace vanilla yogurt with plain or strawberry yogurt.

Nutrition per serving: 198 calories, 9g protein, 2g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 3.5g fiber, 114mg sodium

To find more healthy recipes from Feeding America, click here.


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July 12, 2019
by Anna Kurian

NTFB Celebrates Annual RyanShares day with special volunteer effort

July 12, 2019
by Anna Kurian
Team members from Ryan- the world’s largest firm dedicated exclusively to business tax services- rolled up their sleeves at the North Texas Food Bank, working to box and sort food in celebration of RyanShares day, the firms annual day of service.

With a rally cry of “Generosity Matters,” a dedicated team from Ryan spent their day working to do some good in the community. The team assembled at the North Texas Food Bank on June 12 in celebration of RyanShares Day, the firm’s annual day of service.

This effort locally is part of a global initiative that includes 2,500 employees spending the day volunteering in their local communities.

While at the Food Bank, the Ryan team helped to box and sort food, destined to feed hungry people across North Texas. All told the team helped create more than 63,000 meals- all in a days work! This help couldn’t come at a better time, as the summer is known as the hungriest season- a time when children are out of school and don’t have access to school meals, and rising temperatures are met with rising utility costs.

This isn’t the first time that the team at Ryan has stepped up to make a difference- with this year’s effort serving as the 4th annual sorting event at the NTFB. With a core value of “Generosity Matters,” the firm encourages employees to connect on a personal level to touch lives and make a difference in their communities, the Ryan team has donated, food, time and funds to ensure that North Texans have the healthy foods they need to thrive.

Our team is fortunate to have the support of the Ryan team among our leadership; Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Ryan Ginny B. Kissling, sits on the board of directors for the North Texas Food Bank. She donates her time, expertise and passion to support our mission and the hungry neighbors that we serve.

It is clear that it takes a community to ensure that all of our hungry neighbors are fed. We salute the Ryan team for their hard work and dedication, North Texas is a better place thanks to their efforts!

Team members from Ryan- the world’s largest firm dedicated exclusively to business tax services- rolled up their sleeves at the North Texas Food Bank, working to box and sort food in celebration of RyanShares day, the firms annual day of service.

With a rally cry of “Generosity Matters,” a dedicated team from Ryan spent their day working to do some good in the community. The team assembled at the North Texas Food Bank on June 12 in celebration of RyanShares Day, the firm’s annual day of service.

This effort locally is part of a global initiative that includes 2,500 employees spending the day volunteering in their local communities.

While at the Food Bank, the Ryan team helped to box and sort food, destined to feed hungry people across North Texas. All told the team helped create more than 63,000 meals- all in a days work! This help couldn’t come at a better time, as the summer is known as the hungriest season- a time when children are out of school and don’t have access to school meals, and rising temperatures are met with rising utility costs.

This isn’t the first time that the team at Ryan has stepped up to make a difference- with this year’s effort serving as the 4th annual sorting event at the NTFB. With a core value of “Generosity Matters,” the firm encourages employees to connect on a personal level to touch lives and make a difference in their communities, the Ryan team has donated, food, time and funds to ensure that North Texans have the healthy foods they need to thrive.

Our team is fortunate to have the support of the Ryan team among our leadership; Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Ryan Ginny B. Kissling, sits on the board of directors for the North Texas Food Bank. She donates her time, expertise and passion to support our mission and the hungry neighbors that we serve.

It is clear that it takes a community to ensure that all of our hungry neighbors are fed. We salute the Ryan team for their hard work and dedication, North Texas is a better place thanks to their efforts!


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July 09, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

The North Texas Food Bank Remembers H. Ross Perot Sr.

July 09, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

The North Texas Food Bank mourns the loss of H. Ross Perot Sr., a true trailblazer with a heart larger than the Lone Star State. He leaves a legacy marked by hard work, innovation and especially kindness.

Ross Perot Sr., pictured with his wife Margot and daughters at the grand opening festivities for the North Texas Food Bank Perot Family Campus.

The history of the NTFB is woven with contributions from the Perot family. The Perot Foundation helped secure the warehouse for our very first facility on Cockrell Hill Road in Southwest Dallas.

In 2015, when the Food Bank embarked on a capital campaign, Stop Hunger Build Hope,Ross Perot Sr., alongside his wife and 5 children provided a generous contribution to the campaign. This act of kindness allowed the Food Bank to open a state-of-the-art volunteer and distribution center in Plano, which proudly bears the name, the Perot Family Campus. Their gift also enabled key investments into the NTFB’s Partner Agency Feeding Network, all in an effort to get more healthy foods to our neighbors in need.

The desire to give back to the community is evident by his many good works. From a young age, philanthropy was a priority, as a boy, an ‘X’ marked on the curb outside his family home, signified a pledge to feed anyone passing by who was hungry.

That selflessness launched a longstanding and multi-generational commitment to hunger-relief, one that is showcased at the NTFB Perot Family Campus. The NTFB recently unveiled our own ‘X,’ a giant sculpture outside our new home that tells the community that this is also a place where hungry people can get the help they need.

The Perot family asked the Food Bank team to set up a special page where the community could come to make a gift in memory of Ross Perot Sr. To honor this tremendous legacy, please visit ntfb.org/perot

It is clear that North Texas is a better place thanks to the generosity of Ross Perot Sr., and his family. As we mourn this loss, the Food Bank team pledges to honor the memory of Ross Perot Sr., by fulfilling our promise to close the hunger gap in North Texas, working to provide 92 million meals by 2025.

In remembrance,

Trisha Cunningham

President and CEO

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank mourns the loss of H. Ross Perot Sr., a true trailblazer with a heart larger than the Lone Star State. He leaves a legacy marked by hard work, innovation and especially kindness.

Ross Perot Sr., pictured with his wife Margot and daughters at the grand opening festivities for the North Texas Food Bank Perot Family Campus.

The history of the NTFB is woven with contributions from the Perot family. The Perot Foundation helped secure the warehouse for our very first facility on Cockrell Hill Road in Southwest Dallas.

In 2015, when the Food Bank embarked on a capital campaign, Stop Hunger Build Hope,Ross Perot Sr., alongside his wife and 5 children provided a generous contribution to the campaign. This act of kindness allowed the Food Bank to open a state-of-the-art volunteer and distribution center in Plano, which proudly bears the name, the Perot Family Campus. Their gift also enabled key investments into the NTFB’s Partner Agency Feeding Network, all in an effort to get more healthy foods to our neighbors in need.

The desire to give back to the community is evident by his many good works. From a young age, philanthropy was a priority, as a boy, an ‘X’ marked on the curb outside his family home, signified a pledge to feed anyone passing by who was hungry.

That selflessness launched a longstanding and multi-generational commitment to hunger-relief, one that is showcased at the NTFB Perot Family Campus. The NTFB recently unveiled our own ‘X,’ a giant sculpture outside our new home that tells the community that this is also a place where hungry people can get the help they need.

The Perot family asked the Food Bank team to set up a special page where the community could come to make a gift in memory of Ross Perot Sr. To honor this tremendous legacy, please visit ntfb.org/perot

It is clear that North Texas is a better place thanks to the generosity of Ross Perot Sr., and his family. As we mourn this loss, the Food Bank team pledges to honor the memory of Ross Perot Sr., by fulfilling our promise to close the hunger gap in North Texas, working to provide 92 million meals by 2025.

In remembrance,

Trisha Cunningham

President and CEO

North Texas Food Bank


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July 03, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

Standing with our Neighbors when the Storms Hit

July 03, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

Recently violent storms wreaked havoc in North Texas, causing major destruction throughout our 13-county service area. Many in our community suffered damage to their homes and businesses, and hundreds of thousands were without power for several days. Repairing storm-ravaged structures and removing debris is still underway, but some of the most impactful damage is not what happened outside – but inside many of our neighbors’ homes.

With the power out, so too were our neighbors’ refrigerators and freezers, and perishable food will only keep for so long before spoiling and becoming unsafe to eat. For a family surviving on a budget stretched thin, losing the entire contents of a refrigerator and freezer can be devastating. A family’s supply of proteins, fruits and vegetables, all lost in a matter of days. Following the storm, neighbors without power likely survived on items from their cabinets and pantries. These shelf-stable items must be replenished as well.

For just about anyone, restocking a refrigerator, freezer and pantry carries a financial toll. Now consider that food-insecure neighbors already carry a financial burden. Combine this reality with the fact that foods that are high in nutritional value are typically more expensive, but can be less accessible for neighbors residing in areas of high need. Such communities often lack traditional grocery stores or require some travel to reach, which can be difficult for neighbors with limited mobility. For these reasons, food-insecure neighbors will often purchase foods that are inexpensive, and likely provide little nutritional value.

The recent storms that hit North Texas provided an opportunity to better understand and emphasize the hard reality that crisis effects our community at vastly different degrees. This instance gives a snapshot of the spiral that can occur when a food-insecure family faces unexpected turmoil. When neighbors must quickly prioritize and decide what is most critical: purchasing food, paying for utilities or medicine, or gas for a commute to work or school.

Regardless of cause or circumstance, the North Texas Food Bank is prepared to provide access to nutritious food to all our hungry neighbors. This past year, our team has provided a swift response following unforeseen events that resulted in an increased need for food assistance. Not only are we, along with our vast feeding network of Partner Agencies, able to provide access to food assistance, but providing access to nutritious foods is a top priority.

In the next few months, the Food Bank will celebrate our one year anniversary of opening the new Perot Family Campus. Among many new innovations and enhancements, this facility has empowered our ability to provide rapid relief when needed. To all our hungry neighbors repairing their storm damaged homes and restocking their refrigerators and freezers – the North Texas Food Bank stands with you. To all our neighbors who stand with us, and help us provide nutritious food to our neighbors, thank you. With your support, when the next storm hits or tragedy should occur, we will be ready and prepared to feed our hungry neighbors.

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) and is leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 40,000 volunteers work with more than 230 partner agencies to provide access to nearly 72 million meals annually. 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 with her husband Greg, and their two children, Chris and Carrie. 

Recently violent storms wreaked havoc in North Texas, causing major destruction throughout our 13-county service area. Many in our community suffered damage to their homes and businesses, and hundreds of thousands were without power for several days. Repairing storm-ravaged structures and removing debris is still underway, but some of the most impactful damage is not what happened outside – but inside many of our neighbors’ homes.

With the power out, so too were our neighbors’ refrigerators and freezers, and perishable food will only keep for so long before spoiling and becoming unsafe to eat. For a family surviving on a budget stretched thin, losing the entire contents of a refrigerator and freezer can be devastating. A family’s supply of proteins, fruits and vegetables, all lost in a matter of days. Following the storm, neighbors without power likely survived on items from their cabinets and pantries. These shelf-stable items must be replenished as well.

For just about anyone, restocking a refrigerator, freezer and pantry carries a financial toll. Now consider that food-insecure neighbors already carry a financial burden. Combine this reality with the fact that foods that are high in nutritional value are typically more expensive, but can be less accessible for neighbors residing in areas of high need. Such communities often lack traditional grocery stores or require some travel to reach, which can be difficult for neighbors with limited mobility. For these reasons, food-insecure neighbors will often purchase foods that are inexpensive, and likely provide little nutritional value.

The recent storms that hit North Texas provided an opportunity to better understand and emphasize the hard reality that crisis effects our community at vastly different degrees. This instance gives a snapshot of the spiral that can occur when a food-insecure family faces unexpected turmoil. When neighbors must quickly prioritize and decide what is most critical: purchasing food, paying for utilities or medicine, or gas for a commute to work or school.

Regardless of cause or circumstance, the North Texas Food Bank is prepared to provide access to nutritious food to all our hungry neighbors. This past year, our team has provided a swift response following unforeseen events that resulted in an increased need for food assistance. Not only are we, along with our vast feeding network of Partner Agencies, able to provide access to food assistance, but providing access to nutritious foods is a top priority.

In the next few months, the Food Bank will celebrate our one year anniversary of opening the new Perot Family Campus. Among many new innovations and enhancements, this facility has empowered our ability to provide rapid relief when needed. To all our hungry neighbors repairing their storm damaged homes and restocking their refrigerators and freezers – the North Texas Food Bank stands with you. To all our neighbors who stand with us, and help us provide nutritious food to our neighbors, thank you. With your support, when the next storm hits or tragedy should occur, we will be ready and prepared to feed our hungry neighbors.

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) and is leading the fight against hunger in North Texas. Trisha and her team of 170 employees and 40,000 volunteers work with more than 230 partner agencies to provide access to nearly 72 million meals annually. 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 with her husband Greg, and their two children, Chris and Carrie. 


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June 24, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Partner Agency Spotlight: CitySquare

June 24, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Glenn shops for food at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. He also volunteers there regularly.

Food banks are powered through collaboration, and without the collective support and partnership from many, the North Texas Food Bank would be unable to provide access to more than 190,000 meals each day to our hungry neighbors in need. Within our 13-county service area, our united team of hunger fighters is bound by the belief that our neighbors do not have to be hungry, and through our efforts, together, we can end hunger.

Our collaboration and partnership with CitySquare demonstrates what is possible when our hungry neighbors receive the nourishment needed to plan beyond finding their next meal. Many neighbors who first came to CitySquare for food assistance, have since sought other CitySquare support services from job training to housing and healthcare.

During a recent visit to the CitySquare Food Pantry, we met Glenn, who wanted to share his experience. Throughout his life, Glenn has struggled with health issues, and has often had difficulty paying for both medicine and nutritious foods.  

“I just don’t have enough money to pay for it all. And instead of just eating rice and beans, and stuff like that, I’m able to eat other healthy foods too. Thankfully, the other day I was able to get cases of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers. I was able to make casseroles and put them in the freezer to have even more meals.”

At the CitySquare Food Pantry, it’s not uncommon to see neighbors who just shopped for food from the pantry, put on a volunteer vest, and help their fellow neighbors. Glenn also volunteers in the pantry and aims to share encouragement when he can. Like so many neighbors, CitySquare has provided him critical support, and he is thankful for the opportunity to express his gratitude.

“I come in, volunteer, and I’m walking people through when they shop. We have a good time. We joke around, dance, and it’s a lot of fun.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help neighbors like Glenn, visit www.ntfb.org.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

Glenn shops for food at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. He also volunteers there regularly.

Food banks are powered through collaboration, and without the collective support and partnership from many, the North Texas Food Bank would be unable to provide access to more than 190,000 meals each day to our hungry neighbors in need. Within our 13-county service area, our united team of hunger fighters is bound by the belief that our neighbors do not have to be hungry, and through our efforts, together, we can end hunger.

Our collaboration and partnership with CitySquare demonstrates what is possible when our hungry neighbors receive the nourishment needed to plan beyond finding their next meal. Many neighbors who first came to CitySquare for food assistance, have since sought other CitySquare support services from job training to housing and healthcare.

During a recent visit to the CitySquare Food Pantry, we met Glenn, who wanted to share his experience. Throughout his life, Glenn has struggled with health issues, and has often had difficulty paying for both medicine and nutritious foods.  

“I just don’t have enough money to pay for it all. And instead of just eating rice and beans, and stuff like that, I’m able to eat other healthy foods too. Thankfully, the other day I was able to get cases of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers. I was able to make casseroles and put them in the freezer to have even more meals.”

At the CitySquare Food Pantry, it’s not uncommon to see neighbors who just shopped for food from the pantry, put on a volunteer vest, and help their fellow neighbors. Glenn also volunteers in the pantry and aims to share encouragement when he can. Like so many neighbors, CitySquare has provided him critical support, and he is thankful for the opportunity to express his gratitude.

“I come in, volunteer, and I’m walking people through when they shop. We have a good time. We joke around, dance, and it’s a lot of fun.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help neighbors like Glenn, visit www.ntfb.org.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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June 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Relief After the Storm

June 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
NTFB volunteers and staff distribute emergency food assistance to neighbors impacted by the storm that swept through North Texas on Sunday, June 9.

On Sunday, June 9, a severe storm violently swept through North Texas, causing widespread damage and leaving several hundred thousand neighbors in our community without power. Record high winds resulted in vast destruction to homes and businesses, loss of life and numerous injuries have been reported. Now just a few days later, the damage continues to be assessed, while many neighbors work to clean up our community and face the reality of a multi-day power outage: discarding spoiled food.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by Sunday’s storm. During this time, and always, we are committed to extending food assistance to all our hungry neighbors. Many in our community have lost the entire contents of their refrigerators and freezers that have been off for several days. In areas that lack traditional grocery stores, we were proud to be able to offer our Mobile Pantry as a resource to impacted residents.

The Food Bank continues to work alongside our city officials to provide emergency food assistance to our neighbors affected by the power outage. Our vast network of Partner Agencies is prepared to provide additional relief assistance to our neighbors who are in critical need of fresh fruit, produce, meat and dairy products. To find a partner agency food pantry or other resources in your neighborhood, visit www.ntfb.org/agencies.

Following a natural disaster, the collective support from our community is more critical than ever. Thousands of our neighbors have lost all perishable food, and for many, this loss has led to the depletion of other food supplies that must also be replenished. Countless neighbors are now experiencing an unforeseen financial burden to a budget that is already stretched thin. To help the North Texas Food Bank feed our hungry neighbors, and empower our ability to provide a nimble response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. Together, we can support our neighbors in need.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

NTFB volunteers and staff distribute emergency food assistance to neighbors impacted by the storm that swept through North Texas on Sunday, June 9.

On Sunday, June 9, a severe storm violently swept through North Texas, causing widespread damage and leaving several hundred thousand neighbors in our community without power. Record high winds resulted in vast destruction to homes and businesses, loss of life and numerous injuries have been reported. Now just a few days later, the damage continues to be assessed, while many neighbors work to clean up our community and face the reality of a multi-day power outage: discarding spoiled food.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by Sunday’s storm. During this time, and always, we are committed to extending food assistance to all our hungry neighbors. Many in our community have lost the entire contents of their refrigerators and freezers that have been off for several days. In areas that lack traditional grocery stores, we were proud to be able to offer our Mobile Pantry as a resource to impacted residents.

The Food Bank continues to work alongside our city officials to provide emergency food assistance to our neighbors affected by the power outage. Our vast network of Partner Agencies is prepared to provide additional relief assistance to our neighbors who are in critical need of fresh fruit, produce, meat and dairy products. To find a partner agency food pantry or other resources in your neighborhood, visit www.ntfb.org/agencies.

Following a natural disaster, the collective support from our community is more critical than ever. Thousands of our neighbors have lost all perishable food, and for many, this loss has led to the depletion of other food supplies that must also be replenished. Countless neighbors are now experiencing an unforeseen financial burden to a budget that is already stretched thin. To help the North Texas Food Bank feed our hungry neighbors, and empower our ability to provide a nimble response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. Together, we can support our neighbors in need.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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June 06, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Closing the Summer Meal Gap for Students

June 06, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

It’s now summer in North Texas, and most students are out of school for the next few months. In preparation for this break from the classroom, educators often warn about summer slide, a decline in academic skills that can occur during summer break. But for many students, summer means both a break from academics and also from school-provided meals. Throughout our community, the absence of academics and critical nourishment is likely to result in a population of students who not only endure a summer of hunger but lose some achievement gains made during the previous school year.

During the summer months, the North Texas Food Bank continues to provide access to nutritious meals to food-insecure students and their families through our strategic programs as well as via our vast network of more than 200 Partner Agencies. We are also proud to promote the work of our partners at the Texas Department of Agriculture.

To help close the summer meal gap and provide summer programming for food-insecure students, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children and teens ages 18 years old and younger with free, nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. SFSP meal sites are located in areas where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Last summer alone, this critical program distributed 15.5 million meals at various sites throughout the state, with most sites also offering activities to keep students engaged and academically stimulated.

To find a nearby Summer Food Service Program meal site, you can:

Summer food programs help students succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive in and outside the classroom. To learn how you can help end summer hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

It’s now summer in North Texas, and most students are out of school for the next few months. In preparation for this break from the classroom, educators often warn about summer slide, a decline in academic skills that can occur during summer break. But for many students, summer means both a break from academics and also from school-provided meals. Throughout our community, the absence of academics and critical nourishment is likely to result in a population of students who not only endure a summer of hunger but lose some achievement gains made during the previous school year.

During the summer months, the North Texas Food Bank continues to provide access to nutritious meals to food-insecure students and their families through our strategic programs as well as via our vast network of more than 200 Partner Agencies. We are also proud to promote the work of our partners at the Texas Department of Agriculture.

To help close the summer meal gap and provide summer programming for food-insecure students, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children and teens ages 18 years old and younger with free, nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. SFSP meal sites are located in areas where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Last summer alone, this critical program distributed 15.5 million meals at various sites throughout the state, with most sites also offering activities to keep students engaged and academically stimulated.

To find a nearby Summer Food Service Program meal site, you can:

Summer food programs help students succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive in and outside the classroom. To learn how you can help end summer hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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May 29, 2019
by Anna Kurian

Preparing before disaster strikes

May 29, 2019
by Anna Kurian

When a hurricane hits, every second truly does count – that’s why it is critical to have a plan and prepare supplies before a disaster strikes. The Food Bank is proud to have partners that aid us in our efforts to prepare for disaster relief. Today, thanks to Feeding America and the global healthcare company Abbott, the Food Bank has supplies on hand to distribute in the event of a disaster.

Abbott volunteers were onsite at the NTFB Perot Family Campus to pack disaster relief packs which are designed to be given directly to families affected by disasters, and are meant to meet immediate nutritional needs for three days. The packs have very specific Abbott products which would be critical in the event of a disaster, including nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, as well as rehydration solutions.

The partnership between the NTFB, Feeding America and Abbott is longstanding. In fact, in 2017 these packs provided families with rapid aid following Hurricane Harvey. As a member of the Mass Care Task Force, the Food Bank was pulled in early on into the disaster relief effort following Harvey, and having these packs ready was an invaluable resource.

All told, Abbott disaster relief packs have helped more than 20,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

Anna Kurian, Director of Marketing and Communications

Anna Kurian is a Dallas native, and passionate about telling a good story. Alongside a talented team of Food Bankers, Anna is privileged to hear firsthand accounts of the impact the North Texas Food Bank and their partners make in the community. After work, Anna likes to hang out with her little family and play with her dog Pepper.

When a hurricane hits, every second truly does count – that’s why it is critical to have a plan and prepare supplies before a disaster strikes. The Food Bank is proud to have partners that aid us in our efforts to prepare for disaster relief. Today, thanks to Feeding America and the global healthcare company Abbott, the Food Bank has supplies on hand to distribute in the event of a disaster.

Abbott volunteers were onsite at the NTFB Perot Family Campus to pack disaster relief packs which are designed to be given directly to families affected by disasters, and are meant to meet immediate nutritional needs for three days. The packs have very specific Abbott products which would be critical in the event of a disaster, including nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, as well as rehydration solutions.

The partnership between the NTFB, Feeding America and Abbott is longstanding. In fact, in 2017 these packs provided families with rapid aid following Hurricane Harvey. As a member of the Mass Care Task Force, the Food Bank was pulled in early on into the disaster relief effort following Harvey, and having these packs ready was an invaluable resource.

All told, Abbott disaster relief packs have helped more than 20,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

Anna Kurian, Director of Marketing and Communications

Anna Kurian is a Dallas native, and passionate about telling a good story. Alongside a talented team of Food Bankers, Anna is privileged to hear firsthand accounts of the impact the North Texas Food Bank and their partners make in the community. After work, Anna likes to hang out with her little family and play with her dog Pepper.


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May 24, 2019
by Liana Solis

Meet NTFB’s Resident Farm Gal – Vanessa!

May 24, 2019
by Liana Solis

The North Texas Food Bank focuses on providing nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors. Our Garden Coordinator, Vanessa Bailey, works in our community garden every day helping to produce healthy foods and teaching healthy living. Learn more about how she helps NTFB in this Q&A!:

Q: What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

A: I like to joke that my journey to the NTFB began organically. My background as a Mental Health Social Worker for the state of Texas opened my eyes to the incredible need for identifying and breaking down barriers to access to care. For me, the two biggest issues I felt were contributing to poor patient outcomes was a lack of access to fresh, responsibly grown produce and limited ability to feel plugged into the community.  I started the first community garden in Flower Mound, Texas, called Common Ground Community Garden to address those needs right in the same small town I grew up in.

Before I knew it, we were growing so much food that we joined the Partner Garden program at the NTFB. This incredible program supports community and school gardens by providing resources to gardens that agree to donate 10% of their harvest to a local food pantry in their neighborhood.

After five years of growing for the Food Bank, I answered the call to help grow the garden program for the NTFB and I cannot wait to share the wonderful work that will be accomplished here to support our community. Our garden seeks to equip and educate others to grow food in abundance for their tables and the tables of those in need.  We host weekly volunteer opportunities every Wednesday; come grow with us!

Q: Describe your role.

A: I wear a few hats around here. As a former Social Worker turned Environmental Educator, Master Composter and Permaculturalist, my role is to create curriculum and programs which will help empower others to reliably and sustainably grow food in abundance in their own backyards or community gardens.  

That said, growing food is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce). The NTFB is deeply committed to stewarding our resources and supporting local agriculture. To accomplish this, I created the Green Waste Recovery Program for the NTFB. This monthly pick up opportunity provides local area farmers and gardeners with bulk green waste for use as a livestock fodder or compost. By recovering our green waste, we hope to set a new standard for waste recovery. In the garden world, trash is treasure!

Q: How can gardening impact food insecurity?

A: As a Social Worker, I saw firsthand how multifaceted the lifecycle issues of food insecurity are. The hard reality for many of our clients is that they are sacrificing something daily to make it work. For some of our clients, they will sacrifice medication to make sure their children eat. No one should have to make the choice to pay for milk or medicine. That’s not okay and it’s time we look to our own backyards for answers to fill the food gap.

Did you know that just one 2ft planter can provide a family of four with lettuce throughout the entire growing season? Gardening is something that everyone can do in any space they have. Live in an apartment and only have a patio? There’s a patio tomato that will work for that! Have an abundance in your backyard and are tired of paying to water it? Come volunteer at Jan’s Garden and I will teach you permaculture methods to sustainably grow food instead of grass. When we cultivate our community, we grow BIG things — like ending hunger for all North Texans. 

Q: Any quick tips to share?

A: You bet! If you are just starting out in your veggie garden, consider planting the smallest cultivar of the vegetable you wish to grow. This looks like growing a cherry tomato instead of a giant slicer or growing fairy eggplant instead of the larger Italian varieties. Dwarf plants will come into maturity faster which means less time on the vine exposed to our crazy weather and critters. You’ll enjoy a more productive harvest and earn the confidence to take on the larger cultivars later on.

A:  As we approach our long hot summer, our garden friends will be looking at your fields for hydration. If you are seeing a lot of peck marks in your tomatoes, put out a birdbath near your veggie patch. The birds will drink from the bird bath and leave your tomatoes alone. 

A: Save your eggs shells to use in the garden. Eggs shells are full of calcium and can be used as a natural slow release calcium top dressing by simply spreading crushed eggshells over your garden beds. As the shells break down they release calcium into the soil and also act as a slug deterrent.

For volunteer opportunities in Jan’s Garden with Vanessa, visit our website.


Caroline Madel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

The North Texas Food Bank focuses on providing nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors. Our Garden Coordinator, Vanessa Bailey, works in our community garden every day helping to produce healthy foods and teaching healthy living. Learn more about how she helps NTFB in this Q&A!:

Q: What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

A: I like to joke that my journey to the NTFB began organically. My background as a Mental Health Social Worker for the state of Texas opened my eyes to the incredible need for identifying and breaking down barriers to access to care. For me, the two biggest issues I felt were contributing to poor patient outcomes was a lack of access to fresh, responsibly grown produce and limited ability to feel plugged into the community.  I started the first community garden in Flower Mound, Texas, called Common Ground Community Garden to address those needs right in the same small town I grew up in.

Before I knew it, we were growing so much food that we joined the Partner Garden program at the NTFB. This incredible program supports community and school gardens by providing resources to gardens that agree to donate 10% of their harvest to a local food pantry in their neighborhood.

After five years of growing for the Food Bank, I answered the call to help grow the garden program for the NTFB and I cannot wait to share the wonderful work that will be accomplished here to support our community. Our garden seeks to equip and educate others to grow food in abundance for their tables and the tables of those in need.  We host weekly volunteer opportunities every Wednesday; come grow with us!

Q: Describe your role.

A: I wear a few hats around here. As a former Social Worker turned Environmental Educator, Master Composter and Permaculturalist, my role is to create curriculum and programs which will help empower others to reliably and sustainably grow food in abundance in their own backyards or community gardens.  

That said, growing food is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce). The NTFB is deeply committed to stewarding our resources and supporting local agriculture. To accomplish this, I created the Green Waste Recovery Program for the NTFB. This monthly pick up opportunity provides local area farmers and gardeners with bulk green waste for use as a livestock fodder or compost. By recovering our green waste, we hope to set a new standard for waste recovery. In the garden world, trash is treasure!

Q: How can gardening impact food insecurity?

A: As a Social Worker, I saw firsthand how multifaceted the lifecycle issues of food insecurity are. The hard reality for many of our clients is that they are sacrificing something daily to make it work. For some of our clients, they will sacrifice medication to make sure their children eat. No one should have to make the choice to pay for milk or medicine. That’s not okay and it’s time we look to our own backyards for answers to fill the food gap.

Did you know that just one 2ft planter can provide a family of four with lettuce throughout the entire growing season? Gardening is something that everyone can do in any space they have. Live in an apartment and only have a patio? There’s a patio tomato that will work for that! Have an abundance in your backyard and are tired of paying to water it? Come volunteer at Jan’s Garden and I will teach you permaculture methods to sustainably grow food instead of grass. When we cultivate our community, we grow BIG things — like ending hunger for all North Texans. 

Q: Any quick tips to share?

A: You bet! If you are just starting out in your veggie garden, consider planting the smallest cultivar of the vegetable you wish to grow. This looks like growing a cherry tomato instead of a giant slicer or growing fairy eggplant instead of the larger Italian varieties. Dwarf plants will come into maturity faster which means less time on the vine exposed to our crazy weather and critters. You’ll enjoy a more productive harvest and earn the confidence to take on the larger cultivars later on.

A:  As we approach our long hot summer, our garden friends will be looking at your fields for hydration. If you are seeing a lot of peck marks in your tomatoes, put out a birdbath near your veggie patch. The birds will drink from the bird bath and leave your tomatoes alone. 

A: Save your eggs shells to use in the garden. Eggs shells are full of calcium and can be used as a natural slow release calcium top dressing by simply spreading crushed eggshells over your garden beds. As the shells break down they release calcium into the soil and also act as a slug deterrent.

For volunteer opportunities in Jan’s Garden with Vanessa, visit our website.


Caroline Madel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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May 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Sharing Stories of Summer Hunger: NTFB’s Summer Newsletter

May 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Throughout North Texas, countless students depend on a healthy breakfast and lunch provided at school for critical nourishment. On Friday afternoons, many students are also given a backpack of nutritious food for weekend meals. But in just a few weeks when school is out for the summer holiday – these students will not only have a break from homework but a break from school-provided meals.

Here’s your summer reading assignment: Around the Table, the North Texas Food Bank’s quarterly print and online newsletter, and within this issue, you’ll learn how you can help fill the summer meal gap for students from food-insecure households. Students like four-year-old Korilynn, who attends pre-kindergarten and eats a healthy breakfast every morning at school. During the summer break, her mom, Rachel, will replace the free meals her daughter receives at school with food from a local pantry within the Food Bank’s network of more than 200 Partner Agencies.

Korilynn is just one example of a child who lives in a food-insecure household and relies on school-provided meals. Today in North Texas, one in four children may not know where they will get their next meal. This summer, these children will be at even greater risk when school lets out, and they can no longer rely on school-provided meals.

In the next few weeks, the North Texas Food Bank will prepare for the increased risk of students missing meals throughout the summer. You can join us in this important work, and ensure that summer break doesn’t entail a break from healthy meals too.

To learn how you can help end summer hunger, and to read more of Korilynn’s story in the summer issue of Around the Table, click here.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.

Throughout North Texas, countless students depend on a healthy breakfast and lunch provided at school for critical nourishment. On Friday afternoons, many students are also given a backpack of nutritious food for weekend meals. But in just a few weeks when school is out for the summer holiday – these students will not only have a break from homework but a break from school-provided meals.

Here’s your summer reading assignment: Around the Table, the North Texas Food Bank’s quarterly print and online newsletter, and within this issue, you’ll learn how you can help fill the summer meal gap for students from food-insecure households. Students like four-year-old Korilynn, who attends pre-kindergarten and eats a healthy breakfast every morning at school. During the summer break, her mom, Rachel, will replace the free meals her daughter receives at school with food from a local pantry within the Food Bank’s network of more than 200 Partner Agencies.

Korilynn is just one example of a child who lives in a food-insecure household and relies on school-provided meals. Today in North Texas, one in four children may not know where they will get their next meal. This summer, these children will be at even greater risk when school lets out, and they can no longer rely on school-provided meals.

In the next few weeks, the North Texas Food Bank will prepare for the increased risk of students missing meals throughout the summer. You can join us in this important work, and ensure that summer break doesn’t entail a break from healthy meals too.

To learn how you can help end summer hunger, and to read more of Korilynn’s story in the summer issue of Around the Table, click here.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

Caroline Mandel joined the North Texas Food Bank in fall 2018, and is passionate about sharing client stories – the face of hunger is changing and she is committed to raising awareness surrounding hidden hunger and hardship. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her two young sons and husband.


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