January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Remembering Jan Pruitt

January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 


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December 18, 2017
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Thanks for Helping Clients like Jury and Marcos!

December 18, 2017
by Andrew R. for NTFB

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 


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December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

Things to do in Dallas this December to Help Fight Hunger!

December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


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November 22, 2017
by Liana Solis

Volunteer Spotlight – Mary Jane

November 22, 2017
by Liana Solis

This time of year gives us a great opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing volunteers who help us every single day. Today’s spotlight is on one of our regular volunteers, Mary Jane.mary 3

Mary Jane has been volunteering with the North Texas Food Bank for more than 5 years, coming at least once a week to help sort and pack food. She started volunteering after she lost her husband.

“After my husband passed, I thought this would be something I would really enjoy and that would help take some of my time,” she said.

Mary Jane said volunteering was especially beneficial for her when she needed to keep her mind off her husband’s passing, and it has continued to be helpful in her every-day life.

She said she doesn’t mind the long drive to our warehouse each week from her home in North Dallas, because she genuinely enjoys the work that she gets to do and the company she gets to keep. She said she feels like the people she has met through this process are considered good friends that she gets to work with.

“It’s not something you have to dress up for or anything for and I know that I’m working for a good cause,” Mary Jane said. “I just enjoy it – I enjoy working with these people.”

Once NTFB’s new Distribution Center opens in Plano in Fall 2018, it will be an easier commute for Mary Jane. She has kept volunteering even with the long drive, and plans to continue volunteering regularly in the new Distribution Center as well.

“I think giving back and making sure you are devoted to a cause such as this one is very helpful in one’s life,” she said. “I know this kind of work has helped me and helped so many other people here that I call my friends.”

If you are volunteering some time at our Cockrell Hill Warehouse, or even at our new Distribution Center next year, make sure you stop and say hello to Mary Jane!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

 

This time of year gives us a great opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing volunteers who help us every single day. Today’s spotlight is on one of our regular volunteers, Mary Jane.mary 3

Mary Jane has been volunteering with the North Texas Food Bank for more than 5 years, coming at least once a week to help sort and pack food. She started volunteering after she lost her husband.

“After my husband passed, I thought this would be something I would really enjoy and that would help take some of my time,” she said.

Mary Jane said volunteering was especially beneficial for her when she needed to keep her mind off her husband’s passing, and it has continued to be helpful in her every-day life.

She said she doesn’t mind the long drive to our warehouse each week from her home in North Dallas, because she genuinely enjoys the work that she gets to do and the company she gets to keep. She said she feels like the people she has met through this process are considered good friends that she gets to work with.

“It’s not something you have to dress up for or anything for and I know that I’m working for a good cause,” Mary Jane said. “I just enjoy it – I enjoy working with these people.”

Once NTFB’s new Distribution Center opens in Plano in Fall 2018, it will be an easier commute for Mary Jane. She has kept volunteering even with the long drive, and plans to continue volunteering regularly in the new Distribution Center as well.

“I think giving back and making sure you are devoted to a cause such as this one is very helpful in one’s life,” she said. “I know this kind of work has helped me and helped so many other people here that I call my friends.”

If you are volunteering some time at our Cockrell Hill Warehouse, or even at our new Distribution Center next year, make sure you stop and say hello to Mary Jane!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

 


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October 26, 2017
by Liana Solis

Volunteer Spotlight – Jack and Dave

October 26, 2017
by Liana Solis

jack 1Jack and Dave started volunteering with NTFB in February of 2014 after the church Jack attended came for a volunteer shift. Soon, the brothers began volunteering 1-3 times a week! Although they have moved farther away and it is harder for them to come as often, they still make the effort to come at least once a week to help.

Over the years, Jack has had a series of strokes, which made it difficult to perform normal, every-day tasks or do anything physical. But wanting to continue to volunteer, Dave began picking up his brother every week so they could continue their work together at the Distribution Center.

Dave SMDave said that volunteering helps them stay physical.  The work they do at the Food Bank has helped Jack remain able to work and move his body in ways he might not have been able to after his strokes.

“I couldn’t do any of this stuff before I started coming here, and now I can do all of it,” Jack said. “It really helps me a lot and I love it.”

The two said one of their favorite parts about volunteering is the people they get to meet and see every time they come to sort food. They also enjoy getting to see the passion in all of the kids who give their time to help fight hunger.

We are so grateful for volunteers like Jack and Dave who help give NTFB the friendly, passionate atmosphere we strive to have. Their work has helped put countless meals on the table for those in need in our community!

If you see them at the Distribution Center, make sure you tell them hello!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

jack 1Jack and Dave started volunteering with NTFB in February of 2014 after the church Jack attended came for a volunteer shift. Soon, the brothers began volunteering 1-3 times a week! Although they have moved farther away and it is harder for them to come as often, they still make the effort to come at least once a week to help.

Over the years, Jack has had a series of strokes, which made it difficult to perform normal, every-day tasks or do anything physical. But wanting to continue to volunteer, Dave began picking up his brother every week so they could continue their work together at the Distribution Center.

Dave SMDave said that volunteering helps them stay physical.  The work they do at the Food Bank has helped Jack remain able to work and move his body in ways he might not have been able to after his strokes.

“I couldn’t do any of this stuff before I started coming here, and now I can do all of it,” Jack said. “It really helps me a lot and I love it.”

The two said one of their favorite parts about volunteering is the people they get to meet and see every time they come to sort food. They also enjoy getting to see the passion in all of the kids who give their time to help fight hunger.

We are so grateful for volunteers like Jack and Dave who help give NTFB the friendly, passionate atmosphere we strive to have. Their work has helped put countless meals on the table for those in need in our community!

If you see them at the Distribution Center, make sure you tell them hello!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.


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August 11, 2017
by Madison Messinger

Summer Food Ignites Summer Smiles

August 11, 2017
by Madison Messinger

Summer Meal SiteHe tears through the cardboard box, pulling out a handmade “rooster” wrap, pico and a little baggie containing fresh, sliced tomato. The four-year-old looks up at me with wide eyes and exclaims, “Is this watermelon?!”

I explain the contents of the baggie, hoping his excitement doesn’t dwindle, but he takes the news in stride and starts to tear apart the plastic wrap with tiny, uncoordinated fingers. I have just arrived at a Kid’s Café site, where children receive free lunches and snacks all summer through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The North Texas Food Bank is sponsoring 36 SFSP sites this summer, serving between 25 and 150 lunches per day. Sites range from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics, Girls Inc. and Project Transformations, to YMCA programs, apartment complexes and schools. Some of the sites have been serving summer meals through NTFB for more than five years!

NTFB staff members Cindy Serrano and Dianna Rooney run the Kid’s Café program, but during the summer, the entire Child Programs Department chips in to help monitor the growing number of sites during the hungriest time of year. Without access to school lunches, many young children aged one to 18 would go hungry over the summer. Through NTFB’s SFSP sites, these children have access to breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks in addition to enriching activities and even nutrition education.

The Child Programs Team is tasked with monitoring each of the 36 sites, three to four times throughout the summer to ensure sites are distributing meals in accordance with TDA and Health Department policy and procedures. While we may be out in the field checking for hairnets and food temperature logs, we keep coming back for the relationships developed along the way—the site coordinators, the kids and the delivery drivers are all part of the culture and community of SFSP.

While visiting the WIC site, I also ran into Kenneth Knox, a beloved NTFB driver. Kenneth is no stranger to Child Programs and when he isn’t around, our sites usually ask about him. His warm smile and inviting manner are part of what makes SFSP a full experience.

In addition to distributing 2,500 lunches per day over the summer, NTFB also provides bonus items to summer feeding sites, including Food 4 Kids backpacks and fresh produce. Kenneth had stopped by to deliver both of these items, much to the surprise of the little kids who had already received lunch and were now lining up for a bag of ruby red apples and other weekend, kid-friendly snacks. Jittery hands extended as the children accept their goodies one by one, barely able to carry both back to curious parents seated in the waiting room.

Summer Meal Site 2This is our second year operating SFSP at WIC sites. After piloting the program with seven sites in 2016, they were brought back this year with 12 wonderful clinics. The WIC partnership is just another way SFSP draws connections between food and health. Our vendor of three years, 12 Oaks, meticulously prepares meals that meet all TDA health requirements, and then some! Meals always include milk, meat/meat alternate, whole grains, fruit and/or vegetables. I can tell you from experience they always look and smell better than the lunch I packed for myself!

It is not hard to see why Cindy and Dianna were awarded Silver and Gold Sponsor by the Texas Hunger Initiative, FRAC and United Way for Excellence in Summer Meals two years in a row. From quality of food to quality of service, NTFB’s Summer Food Service Program is filling bellies and igniting smiles across North Texas. Most importantly, we know the nutritious food is nourishing these children for their future.

While summer will eventually end, Kid’s Café runs year round, transitioning from SFSP to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It is still nice knowing that kids like that little boy with his chicken wrap won’t be forgotten during the summer; He won’t go home hungry, and he might even learn the difference between a watermelon and a tomato along the way.


For more information about Summer Food Sites, text ‘FOODTX’ to 877-877 or visit the Summer Food website here to view locations.

Summer Meal SiteHe tears through the cardboard box, pulling out a handmade “rooster” wrap, pico and a little baggie containing fresh, sliced tomato. The four-year-old looks up at me with wide eyes and exclaims, “Is this watermelon?!”

I explain the contents of the baggie, hoping his excitement doesn’t dwindle, but he takes the news in stride and starts to tear apart the plastic wrap with tiny, uncoordinated fingers. I have just arrived at a Kid’s Café site, where children receive free lunches and snacks all summer through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The North Texas Food Bank is sponsoring 36 SFSP sites this summer, serving between 25 and 150 lunches per day. Sites range from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics, Girls Inc. and Project Transformations, to YMCA programs, apartment complexes and schools. Some of the sites have been serving summer meals through NTFB for more than five years!

NTFB staff members Cindy Serrano and Dianna Rooney run the Kid’s Café program, but during the summer, the entire Child Programs Department chips in to help monitor the growing number of sites during the hungriest time of year. Without access to school lunches, many young children aged one to 18 would go hungry over the summer. Through NTFB’s SFSP sites, these children have access to breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks in addition to enriching activities and even nutrition education.

The Child Programs Team is tasked with monitoring each of the 36 sites, three to four times throughout the summer to ensure sites are distributing meals in accordance with TDA and Health Department policy and procedures. While we may be out in the field checking for hairnets and food temperature logs, we keep coming back for the relationships developed along the way—the site coordinators, the kids and the delivery drivers are all part of the culture and community of SFSP.

While visiting the WIC site, I also ran into Kenneth Knox, a beloved NTFB driver. Kenneth is no stranger to Child Programs and when he isn’t around, our sites usually ask about him. His warm smile and inviting manner are part of what makes SFSP a full experience.

In addition to distributing 2,500 lunches per day over the summer, NTFB also provides bonus items to summer feeding sites, including Food 4 Kids backpacks and fresh produce. Kenneth had stopped by to deliver both of these items, much to the surprise of the little kids who had already received lunch and were now lining up for a bag of ruby red apples and other weekend, kid-friendly snacks. Jittery hands extended as the children accept their goodies one by one, barely able to carry both back to curious parents seated in the waiting room.

Summer Meal Site 2This is our second year operating SFSP at WIC sites. After piloting the program with seven sites in 2016, they were brought back this year with 12 wonderful clinics. The WIC partnership is just another way SFSP draws connections between food and health. Our vendor of three years, 12 Oaks, meticulously prepares meals that meet all TDA health requirements, and then some! Meals always include milk, meat/meat alternate, whole grains, fruit and/or vegetables. I can tell you from experience they always look and smell better than the lunch I packed for myself!

It is not hard to see why Cindy and Dianna were awarded Silver and Gold Sponsor by the Texas Hunger Initiative, FRAC and United Way for Excellence in Summer Meals two years in a row. From quality of food to quality of service, NTFB’s Summer Food Service Program is filling bellies and igniting smiles across North Texas. Most importantly, we know the nutritious food is nourishing these children for their future.

While summer will eventually end, Kid’s Café runs year round, transitioning from SFSP to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It is still nice knowing that kids like that little boy with his chicken wrap won’t be forgotten during the summer; He won’t go home hungry, and he might even learn the difference between a watermelon and a tomato along the way.


For more information about Summer Food Sites, text ‘FOODTX’ to 877-877 or visit the Summer Food website here to view locations.


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May 31, 2017
by Hannah Wood

Harvest Happenings: Teens Fighting Hunger

May 31, 2017
by Hannah Wood

By Hannah Wood, Founding Member, Harvest Teen Council

IMG_8596I joined the Harvest Teen Council (HTC) to help make a difference in my community. Being a part of the HTC has helped me to help others by doing things I enjoy. When we started the HTC earlier this year, we elected officers—President, Vice-President and Secretary. When wanting to run for these offices every candidate made a speech on why they felt they would be good for this job. After the speeches, all the members voted on who they thought would be best. Our 2017 President is Jaxon Rait, Vice- President is Hunter Parris, and Secretary is Allison Long.

Being a part of the HTC allows us to plan events in our community that we want to do as well as give back to the North Texas Food Bank. We have done a teen scary movie night, teen glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, and laser tag. Our first big fundraiser was in March it was a Hoops for Hunger 3 on 3 Basketball tournament. We met twice before the event to make sure we knew how we were going to run the event and how we were going to promote the event. We sent out emails and posted it all over Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to make sure everyone knew about the event. The night before the tournament the HTC had a work party where we organized the brackets, made signs, and signed up for work stations. While Page Austin, our Lifestyle Manager, supported and helped us, she really let us run and own the event which was awesome.

IMG_8427The HTC as well as other teens worked together to create a fun event for the community. Even the Northlake Police participated in the tournament! There were more than 20 teams that played and more than 100 people spectating! We raised $270 for the North Texas Food Bank, which means the HTC fed 810 people! I was surprised to learn that $1 feeds 3 people. It felt so great to give back.

“It makes you feel good to know that you made a difference in someone’s life. It’s so cool that we were able to feed 810 people just from a community basketball tournament,” said Parker Weitzer, a founding member of the HTC and emcee for the tournament.

The Harvest Teen Council looks forward to doing more events like this to help benefit the community and the North Texas Food Bank.


Hannah is a freshman at Argyle High School. She recently won first place in News Reporting for the Dallas Morning News 26th Annual High School Journalism Day competition. She is also the only freshman to play varsity golf for Argyle High School. When she isn’t practicing golf or doing school work, Hannah enjoys photography, babysitting Harvest kiddos, and hanging with friends.

By Hannah Wood, Founding Member, Harvest Teen Council

IMG_8596I joined the Harvest Teen Council (HTC) to help make a difference in my community. Being a part of the HTC has helped me to help others by doing things I enjoy. When we started the HTC earlier this year, we elected officers—President, Vice-President and Secretary. When wanting to run for these offices every candidate made a speech on why they felt they would be good for this job. After the speeches, all the members voted on who they thought would be best. Our 2017 President is Jaxon Rait, Vice- President is Hunter Parris, and Secretary is Allison Long.

Being a part of the HTC allows us to plan events in our community that we want to do as well as give back to the North Texas Food Bank. We have done a teen scary movie night, teen glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, and laser tag. Our first big fundraiser was in March it was a Hoops for Hunger 3 on 3 Basketball tournament. We met twice before the event to make sure we knew how we were going to run the event and how we were going to promote the event. We sent out emails and posted it all over Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to make sure everyone knew about the event. The night before the tournament the HTC had a work party where we organized the brackets, made signs, and signed up for work stations. While Page Austin, our Lifestyle Manager, supported and helped us, she really let us run and own the event which was awesome.

IMG_8427The HTC as well as other teens worked together to create a fun event for the community. Even the Northlake Police participated in the tournament! There were more than 20 teams that played and more than 100 people spectating! We raised $270 for the North Texas Food Bank, which means the HTC fed 810 people! I was surprised to learn that $1 feeds 3 people. It felt so great to give back.

“It makes you feel good to know that you made a difference in someone’s life. It’s so cool that we were able to feed 810 people just from a community basketball tournament,” said Parker Weitzer, a founding member of the HTC and emcee for the tournament.

The Harvest Teen Council looks forward to doing more events like this to help benefit the community and the North Texas Food Bank.


Hannah is a freshman at Argyle High School. She recently won first place in News Reporting for the Dallas Morning News 26th Annual High School Journalism Day competition. She is also the only freshman to play varsity golf for Argyle High School. When she isn’t practicing golf or doing school work, Hannah enjoys photography, babysitting Harvest kiddos, and hanging with friends.


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May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Summer is the Hungriest Season for Kids

May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

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The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

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May 18, 2017
by Liana Solis

NTFB Delivers Meals and Smiles to Hungry Seniors

May 18, 2017
by Liana Solis

From small snacks to full dishes, meal delivery is a very popular concept in today’s day and age. However, what might this look like for a home-bound senior who is struggling with food insecurity?


 

As the older American population is growing, so is the amount of seniors living with food insecurity. Many seniors have trouble getting around, and for those experiencing food insecurity, it can be particularly difficult to access food assistance themselves. Ms. Dorothy is a client of the Nourishing Neighbors program at the North Texas Food Bank that currently helps more than 200 seniors in difficult situations such as this.Dorothy-10

Ms. Dorothy has been in the program for two years, and expressed that it is not only difficult for her to move around, but because her children work so often, it makes it hard for her to find any way to get to a grocery store.

“That’s really how this program helped me,” she said. “You all don’t realize how much you are really helping the elderly with everything you are doing.”

Ms. Dorothy will be 88 years old in June and has lived in the same apartment for the past 40 years. Many of her neighbors are also in the program, and they all look out for each other, noting that she will even sometimes share her food with her neighbors who need it.

Ms. Dorothy is very close with Amanda, who volunteers to deliver her food every two weeks, and even calls her “my angel.” She and the other patrons of the apartment also look out for Amanda when she delivers food because she means so much to them.

While Ms. Dorothy has experienced some trials in her life, she is never one to complain.

“Life is good here,” she said. “It’s what you make of it; you can choose to make life good or you can choose to make life bad.”

CoDorothy-1oking the food she receives in each Nourishing Neighbors box is one of her favorite things to do. She cooks all of her meals every single day, that way she knows they will be cooked just the way she likes them.

Although it is harder for her to move around, she prefers being active over sitting at home. She said she worked until she was 70 years old and would still be working now if her body allowed it.

“Many elderly feel like once they get to 60 or 70 that their life is gone,” Ms. Dorothy said. “I just don’t want to live that way. I still have so much that I want to do.”

To find out more about the Nourishing Neighbors program or how you can sign up for your own Nourishing Neighbors route, visit our website here. Seniors just like Ms. Dorothy are waiting for their “angels” to visit them today!

From small snacks to full dishes, meal delivery is a very popular concept in today’s day and age. However, what might this look like for a home-bound senior who is struggling with food insecurity?


 

As the older American population is growing, so is the amount of seniors living with food insecurity. Many seniors have trouble getting around, and for those experiencing food insecurity, it can be particularly difficult to access food assistance themselves. Ms. Dorothy is a client of the Nourishing Neighbors program at the North Texas Food Bank that currently helps more than 200 seniors in difficult situations such as this.Dorothy-10

Ms. Dorothy has been in the program for two years, and expressed that it is not only difficult for her to move around, but because her children work so often, it makes it hard for her to find any way to get to a grocery store.

“That’s really how this program helped me,” she said. “You all don’t realize how much you are really helping the elderly with everything you are doing.”

Ms. Dorothy will be 88 years old in June and has lived in the same apartment for the past 40 years. Many of her neighbors are also in the program, and they all look out for each other, noting that she will even sometimes share her food with her neighbors who need it.

Ms. Dorothy is very close with Amanda, who volunteers to deliver her food every two weeks, and even calls her “my angel.” She and the other patrons of the apartment also look out for Amanda when she delivers food because she means so much to them.

While Ms. Dorothy has experienced some trials in her life, she is never one to complain.

“Life is good here,” she said. “It’s what you make of it; you can choose to make life good or you can choose to make life bad.”

CoDorothy-1oking the food she receives in each Nourishing Neighbors box is one of her favorite things to do. She cooks all of her meals every single day, that way she knows they will be cooked just the way she likes them.

Although it is harder for her to move around, she prefers being active over sitting at home. She said she worked until she was 70 years old and would still be working now if her body allowed it.

“Many elderly feel like once they get to 60 or 70 that their life is gone,” Ms. Dorothy said. “I just don’t want to live that way. I still have so much that I want to do.”

To find out more about the Nourishing Neighbors program or how you can sign up for your own Nourishing Neighbors route, visit our website here. Seniors just like Ms. Dorothy are waiting for their “angels” to visit them today!


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April 24, 2017
by Liana Solis

Honoring Robert McQuarrie

April 24, 2017
by Liana Solis

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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