May 07, 2015
by Kent Rathbun

Taste of the NFL 2015 was a major win

May 07, 2015
by Kent Rathbun

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Over 11 years ago, I hosted the very first Taste of the NFL for the North Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of Abacus. It did not take long before we quickly outgrew that space and moved the event to other venues, which one-by-one, over time, we also outgrew. We have always strived to make each year better than the last and the one thing we have succeeded at, is giving guests a true sense of attending the ultimate tailgate partySo when the opportunity presented itself to host the event at AT&T Stadium, I knew we were on to something big! I knew the new venue provided the perfect backdrop for guests to rub elbows with their favorite football players and enjoy food prepared by Dallas’ best chefs…outside, in a “true” tailgate setting.

This year we raised $338,959, making the 2015 Taste of NFL our highest grossing year ever! That is a 23% increase over last year!  There were approximately 900 in attendance and with this funding, we will provide over 1,000,000 meals to hungry people in North Texas. I’m proud to say that in the past 11 years we have now raised almost $2 million, and I personally thank the volunteers who worked so hard to make this year our best ever.

For me, it was surreal to stand on the lawn of AT&T stadium on such a beautiful evening and reminisce back to the first year at Abacus. More importantly, I also thought about the future. There’s no doubt the players, coaches, volunteers and generous guests made Taste of the NFL 2015 a major win for the North Texas Food Bank. It was also a pivotal evening, because when word gets out about this year’s success, I expect the event to grow in a very, very big way in the future.

Diana Oats with Culture Map said it best in her April 7, 2015 article titled “Ultimate Dallas tailgate Taste of the NFL totally belongs in these new digs.”

She was right…See you next year!

Taste of the NFL Dallas 2015

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Over 11 years ago, I hosted the very first Taste of the NFL for the North Texas Food Bank in the parking lot of Abacus. It did not take long before we quickly outgrew that space and moved the event to other venues, which one-by-one, over time, we also outgrew. We have always strived to make each year better than the last and the one thing we have succeeded at, is giving guests a true sense of attending the ultimate tailgate partySo when the opportunity presented itself to host the event at AT&T Stadium, I knew we were on to something big! I knew the new venue provided the perfect backdrop for guests to rub elbows with their favorite football players and enjoy food prepared by Dallas’ best chefs…outside, in a “true” tailgate setting.

This year we raised $338,959, making the 2015 Taste of NFL our highest grossing year ever! That is a 23% increase over last year!  There were approximately 900 in attendance and with this funding, we will provide over 1,000,000 meals to hungry people in North Texas. I’m proud to say that in the past 11 years we have now raised almost $2 million, and I personally thank the volunteers who worked so hard to make this year our best ever.

For me, it was surreal to stand on the lawn of AT&T stadium on such a beautiful evening and reminisce back to the first year at Abacus. More importantly, I also thought about the future. There’s no doubt the players, coaches, volunteers and generous guests made Taste of the NFL 2015 a major win for the North Texas Food Bank. It was also a pivotal evening, because when word gets out about this year’s success, I expect the event to grow in a very, very big way in the future.

Diana Oats with Culture Map said it best in her April 7, 2015 article titled “Ultimate Dallas tailgate Taste of the NFL totally belongs in these new digs.”

She was right…See you next year!

Taste of the NFL Dallas 2015

Taste of the NFL 2015- waffle fries

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May 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas this May to fight hunger

May 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in May to fight hunger (1)
May brings so many fun things to do in Dallas to fight hunger! From our signature event with the Dallas Cowboys, Taste of the NFL, to the largest canned food drive in the nation, Stamp Out Hunger – there’s no shortage of great ways you and your friends and family can help to feed those in need in North Texas this month!
 
Saturday, May 2 – GrillFest @ the Shops at Park Lane
Taste your way through choice meats, summer brews and cool wines while listening to live music from Chef Dean Fearing’s band, Sunset Palace. Ticket proceeds benefit NTFB, so you’ll be doing good, too. So gather up some friends and make a Saturday of it! Visit the D Magazine website for tickets and details.
 
2014 TNFL-NW optionsSunday, May 3 – Taste of the NFL @ AT&T Stadium
Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger! Nationwide Insurance presents the 11th annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium. The event will feature past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun and more than a dozen of the area’s hottest chefs. Support NTFB’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, and fun tailgate games.It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $1.61 million for hungry North Texas children. Click here to get your tickets!
 
Saturday, May 9 – Stamp Out Hunger
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers for the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Grab jars of peanut butter, canned meats and other non-perishable food items, and place them in a sack near your mailbox on May 9. Your local letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to the North Texas Food Bank to help feed hungry North Texans. More info here.
 
Saturday, May 16 – Comerica Shred Day
Consumers and business owners can bring any amount of personal or business paper documents and Comerica will destroy and recycle them securely and efficiently.  And while you’re doing some financial spring cleaning and helping the environment, give back by bringing a donation for NTFB. Non-perishable food items, cash and checks are gladly accepted, although not required for admission. Learn more about Comerica Shred Day here.
 
Sunday, May 17 – Night Out on 15
Join the Historic Downtown Plano Association for Night Out on 15, a community table event under a canopy of stars and twinkling lights on the bricks of 15th Street. Enjoy a 5-course meal and samplings by Historic Downtown Plano Chefs. Libations included. Proceeds will benefit local charities including NTFB. Purchase tickets at NightOutMay2015.EventBrite.com.
 
Make sure to check back here throughout the month for updates, or view our full calendar on our website. And don’t forget that you can always get involved by giving an hour, your voice, a dollar, or a can!

Things to do in May to fight hunger (1)
May brings so many fun things to do in Dallas to fight hunger! From our signature event with the Dallas Cowboys, Taste of the NFL, to the largest canned food drive in the nation, Stamp Out Hunger – there’s no shortage of great ways you and your friends and family can help to feed those in need in North Texas this month!
 
Saturday, May 2 – GrillFest @ the Shops at Park Lane
Taste your way through choice meats, summer brews and cool wines while listening to live music from Chef Dean Fearing’s band, Sunset Palace. Ticket proceeds benefit NTFB, so you’ll be doing good, too. So gather up some friends and make a Saturday of it! Visit the D Magazine website for tickets and details.
 
2014 TNFL-NW optionsSunday, May 3 – Taste of the NFL @ AT&T Stadium
Join our team and get ready to tackle hunger! Nationwide Insurance presents the 11th annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium. The event will feature past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Abacus restaurant executive chef and proprietor Kent Rathbun and more than a dozen of the area’s hottest chefs. Support NTFB’s child programs as you enjoy gourmet tailgate fare, signature cocktails, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, and fun tailgate games.It’s a party with a purpose! Since its inception in 2005, Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party has raised more than $1.61 million for hungry North Texas children. Click here to get your tickets!
 
Saturday, May 9 – Stamp Out Hunger
Join the National Association of Letter Carriers for the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Grab jars of peanut butter, canned meats and other non-perishable food items, and place them in a sack near your mailbox on May 9. Your local letter carrier will pick up your items and deliver them to the North Texas Food Bank to help feed hungry North Texans. More info here.
 
Saturday, May 16 – Comerica Shred Day
Consumers and business owners can bring any amount of personal or business paper documents and Comerica will destroy and recycle them securely and efficiently.  And while you’re doing some financial spring cleaning and helping the environment, give back by bringing a donation for NTFB. Non-perishable food items, cash and checks are gladly accepted, although not required for admission. Learn more about Comerica Shred Day here.
 
Sunday, May 17 – Night Out on 15
Join the Historic Downtown Plano Association for Night Out on 15, a community table event under a canopy of stars and twinkling lights on the bricks of 15th Street. Enjoy a 5-course meal and samplings by Historic Downtown Plano Chefs. Libations included. Proceeds will benefit local charities including NTFB. Purchase tickets at NightOutMay2015.EventBrite.com.
 
Make sure to check back here throughout the month for updates, or view our full calendar on our website. And don’t forget that you can always get involved by giving an hour, your voice, a dollar, or a can!


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April 30, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Thank you Chris!

April 30, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Chris George

Volunteer Appreciation Month is wrapping up, but our appreciation for the many people who fight hunger right along side us doesn’t end on April 30! Our volunteers do an outstanding job every day of the year giving their heart and hands to make sure others in the community have access to nutritious food. We appreciate each and every one of you and we know that the people we serve appreciate all you do as well!
 
This #ThankYouThursday, we’re excited to profile one more outstanding volunteer who is making a difference in our community. As one of our Cooking Matters chef instructors, Chris teaches our clients the basics of cooking nutritiously on a budget– but he doesn’t stop there— Chris also generously donates the groceries that we prepare for an entire 6-week course for each and every one of the courses he signs up to teach! Thank you Chris!
 
Name of volunteer: Chris George
 
Volunteer program: Cooking Matters/Nutrition Services
 
What is your role: Chef Instructor (Our Chef Instructor’s job is to provide participants with the opportunity for hands-on learning in the kitchen. Our chefs focus on teaching Healthy recipes that are low-cost & easy to make, suggest recipe modifications, demonstrate and teach basic kitchen & food safety, cooking techniques, and share food budgeting techniques with participants.)
 
When did you start volunteering with us: November 2009 (George has volunteered in 15 plus courses since 2009!)
 
What do you enjoy most about the experience: My favorite aspect of volunteering is that the reason continues to change and evolve over the years. Whether it was the initial joy of finding a volunteer opportunity that perfectly matched my skill set, to the pride of having mothers asking me how I prepared the broccoli that their children were enthusiastically consuming, to serving as a counter-balance to my professional life, I am thrilled to be a contributor in this program. My hope is that I am able offer as much to the program in return as it has provided me over the past 5 years.
 
Why do you choose to fight hunger: For me, it is personal. I recall seeing a billboard when driving on 75 in 2009. While I forget the exact message, I remember thinking that if the child pictured in the billboard had longer hair that was blonde, that could have easily been a picture of me. It made me remember the difficult times, but also the many people that provided help throughout the years. In volunteering now, I am able to honor the people that made a difference in my life while trying to make a positive change for others in need.
 
Anything else you would like to tell others: Cooking Matters is a wonderful program. It has the warm and fuzzy emotions of a social program combined with the practicality of a training program. The class participants are able to learn about nutrition from a nutritionist, then prepare a healthy meal w/ a chef and leave the class w/ the necessary ingredients to make the meal at home. In having this holistic approach, you are providing people w/ the necessary knowledge and skills to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.
 


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available.

Chris George

Volunteer Appreciation Month is wrapping up, but our appreciation for the many people who fight hunger right along side us doesn’t end on April 30! Our volunteers do an outstanding job every day of the year giving their heart and hands to make sure others in the community have access to nutritious food. We appreciate each and every one of you and we know that the people we serve appreciate all you do as well!
 
This #ThankYouThursday, we’re excited to profile one more outstanding volunteer who is making a difference in our community. As one of our Cooking Matters chef instructors, Chris teaches our clients the basics of cooking nutritiously on a budget– but he doesn’t stop there— Chris also generously donates the groceries that we prepare for an entire 6-week course for each and every one of the courses he signs up to teach! Thank you Chris!
 
Name of volunteer: Chris George
 
Volunteer program: Cooking Matters/Nutrition Services
 
What is your role: Chef Instructor (Our Chef Instructor’s job is to provide participants with the opportunity for hands-on learning in the kitchen. Our chefs focus on teaching Healthy recipes that are low-cost & easy to make, suggest recipe modifications, demonstrate and teach basic kitchen & food safety, cooking techniques, and share food budgeting techniques with participants.)
 
When did you start volunteering with us: November 2009 (George has volunteered in 15 plus courses since 2009!)
 
What do you enjoy most about the experience: My favorite aspect of volunteering is that the reason continues to change and evolve over the years. Whether it was the initial joy of finding a volunteer opportunity that perfectly matched my skill set, to the pride of having mothers asking me how I prepared the broccoli that their children were enthusiastically consuming, to serving as a counter-balance to my professional life, I am thrilled to be a contributor in this program. My hope is that I am able offer as much to the program in return as it has provided me over the past 5 years.
 
Why do you choose to fight hunger: For me, it is personal. I recall seeing a billboard when driving on 75 in 2009. While I forget the exact message, I remember thinking that if the child pictured in the billboard had longer hair that was blonde, that could have easily been a picture of me. It made me remember the difficult times, but also the many people that provided help throughout the years. In volunteering now, I am able to honor the people that made a difference in my life while trying to make a positive change for others in need.
 
Anything else you would like to tell others: Cooking Matters is a wonderful program. It has the warm and fuzzy emotions of a social program combined with the practicality of a training program. The class participants are able to learn about nutrition from a nutritionist, then prepare a healthy meal w/ a chef and leave the class w/ the necessary ingredients to make the meal at home. In having this holistic approach, you are providing people w/ the necessary knowledge and skills to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.
 


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available.


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April 27, 2015
by Kat Lindholm

Food safety: No leftovers left behind

April 27, 2015
by Kat Lindholm

 
how long to safely refrigerate or freeze your leftoversDon’t let leftovers get the best of you! Bacteria can still grow on food in the refrigerator (though it is slower than if the food had been left at room temperature), so make sure to freeze what you won’t use within a few days.
 
A good general guideline is to throw out most prepared foods about 3 days after they were prepared and to check the freezer for items to use up about every 2-3 months. Highly acidic foods or ones high in sugar or salt (i.e. condiments and salad dressings) can keep for longer amounts of time than other foods.
 
Storing Leftovers:
• Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
• If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than 2 months, overwrap these packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag.
• Label the package so you know when it was frozen.
• Freezing 0° F (-18° C) keeps food safe indefinitely, and most recommended freezer storage times are for quality only.
 
For the full breakdown of safe refrigerating and freezing times for different food items, view the FDA Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart.
 
Give your remaining leftovers a makeover! If you need help coming up with remix recipes, check out these sites:
• Food Network
• All Recipes
 


Research tells us that food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand. For that reason, staff registered dietitians work with program managers to ensure that the North Texas Food Bank‘s feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach families, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget, and partners with community gardens to gain more access to fresh, locally-grown produce. Learn more about NTFB’s nutrition services.

 
how long to safely refrigerate or freeze your leftoversDon’t let leftovers get the best of you! Bacteria can still grow on food in the refrigerator (though it is slower than if the food had been left at room temperature), so make sure to freeze what you won’t use within a few days.
 
A good general guideline is to throw out most prepared foods about 3 days after they were prepared and to check the freezer for items to use up about every 2-3 months. Highly acidic foods or ones high in sugar or salt (i.e. condiments and salad dressings) can keep for longer amounts of time than other foods.
 
Storing Leftovers:
• Keep meat and poultry in its package until just before using.
• If freezing meat and poultry in its original package longer than 2 months, overwrap these packages with airtight heavy-duty foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper, or place the package inside a plastic bag.
• Label the package so you know when it was frozen.
• Freezing 0° F (-18° C) keeps food safe indefinitely, and most recommended freezer storage times are for quality only.
 
For the full breakdown of safe refrigerating and freezing times for different food items, view the FDA Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart.
 
Give your remaining leftovers a makeover! If you need help coming up with remix recipes, check out these sites:
• Food Network
• All Recipes
 


Research tells us that food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand. For that reason, staff registered dietitians work with program managers to ensure that the North Texas Food Bank‘s feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach families, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget, and partners with community gardens to gain more access to fresh, locally-grown produce. Learn more about NTFB’s nutrition services.


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April 23, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Thank you Marie!

April 23, 2015
by Diana Carranza

No one is more impressed with our volunteers than NTFB staff. Our volunteers give so much to help fight hunger and ask for very little in return. And whether it’s their knowledge in the kitchen for our Cooking Matters classes, their physical strength in our Distribution Center, or their Spanish-speaking skills to help connect to our Spanish-speaking clients, each volunteer brings their own particular skills and expertise. Marie Hoag SP Vol Edited

This #ThankYouThursday during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to thank a special volunteer who invests her time in our School Pantry program. Marie is a huge asset to our school pantry team because she is bilingual in Spanish. Our  child programs staff member Nicole says Marie “is a BOSS”! See what else Nicole has to say about Marie, and why we’re honoring her this week –

Name: Marie Hoag

Volunteer Opportunity: School Pantry Program

What is her role: Families in our school pantry program receive 30 lbs. of shelf stable items and produce per student. That gets pretty heavy and cumbersome for larger families! Marie helps them outside to their vehicles, sometimes carrying up to 60 lbs. She also helps NTFB staff clean up inside the school and carrying pallets outside.

When did she start volunteering: Marie started volunteering at our school pantries in October 2014 and has come every month since!

What does she enjoy most about the experience: Marie says the thing she enjoys most is seeing the effects the food bank has on others, and getting to use her Spanish language skills.

Why do they choose to fight hunger:  Marie tells us that she believes strongly that  affordable housing and affordable nutritious foods are basic human rights.

 

 

No one is more impressed with our volunteers than NTFB staff. Our volunteers give so much to help fight hunger and ask for very little in return. And whether it’s their knowledge in the kitchen for our Cooking Matters classes, their physical strength in our Distribution Center, or their Spanish-speaking skills to help connect to our Spanish-speaking clients, each volunteer brings their own particular skills and expertise. Marie Hoag SP Vol Edited

This #ThankYouThursday during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to thank a special volunteer who invests her time in our School Pantry program. Marie is a huge asset to our school pantry team because she is bilingual in Spanish. Our  child programs staff member Nicole says Marie “is a BOSS”! See what else Nicole has to say about Marie, and why we’re honoring her this week –

Name: Marie Hoag

Volunteer Opportunity: School Pantry Program

What is her role: Families in our school pantry program receive 30 lbs. of shelf stable items and produce per student. That gets pretty heavy and cumbersome for larger families! Marie helps them outside to their vehicles, sometimes carrying up to 60 lbs. She also helps NTFB staff clean up inside the school and carrying pallets outside.

When did she start volunteering: Marie started volunteering at our school pantries in October 2014 and has come every month since!

What does she enjoy most about the experience: Marie says the thing she enjoys most is seeing the effects the food bank has on others, and getting to use her Spanish language skills.

Why do they choose to fight hunger:  Marie tells us that she believes strongly that  affordable housing and affordable nutritious foods are basic human rights.

 

 


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April 16, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Thank you Robert!

April 16, 2015
by Diana Carranza

When most people think of volunteering for the Food Bank, they think of those helping to sort, box and bag food in our warehouse. While the majority of our volunteers do come through our Distribution Center, we also have several other volunteer opportunities available including ones that require work “behind the scenes”. These volunteers are just as critical as those that work directly with food in our warehouse; They help us with data-entry, to coordinate special events, with mailings, and many other duties that our staff couldn’t do alone. This #ThankYouThursday during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to honor one of these special volunteers. Meet Robert!:robert

Name: Robert McQaurrie

Volunteer Opportunity: Data Entry

What is your role: Entering volunteer data into the donor database from the registration form. My goal is to try to enter at least 100 forms into the database per shift.

When did you start volunteering with us: 2-3 months ago

What do you enjoy most about the experience: It does something meaningful. It keeps the whole organization running. All the new volunteers need to be entered to help keep the food bank moving forward. It is important information.

Why do you choose to fight hunger:  I have been hungry before so I understand. I have seen hunger all over the world. It is important to get the kids and seniors fed.  robert 5


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available. 

When most people think of volunteering for the Food Bank, they think of those helping to sort, box and bag food in our warehouse. While the majority of our volunteers do come through our Distribution Center, we also have several other volunteer opportunities available including ones that require work “behind the scenes”. These volunteers are just as critical as those that work directly with food in our warehouse; They help us with data-entry, to coordinate special events, with mailings, and many other duties that our staff couldn’t do alone. This #ThankYouThursday during Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to honor one of these special volunteers. Meet Robert!:robert

Name: Robert McQaurrie

Volunteer Opportunity: Data Entry

What is your role: Entering volunteer data into the donor database from the registration form. My goal is to try to enter at least 100 forms into the database per shift.

When did you start volunteering with us: 2-3 months ago

What do you enjoy most about the experience: It does something meaningful. It keeps the whole organization running. All the new volunteers need to be entered to help keep the food bank moving forward. It is important information.

Why do you choose to fight hunger:  I have been hungry before so I understand. I have seen hunger all over the world. It is important to get the kids and seniors fed.  robert 5


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available. 


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April 09, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Thank you, Lisa Goerdt!

April 09, 2015
by Diana Carranza
Lisa (left) in action

Lisa (left) in action

It’s amazing to think about all of the people in North Texas who have committed their time and energy, heart and hands to help fight hunger in North Texas! It is because of our 32,000 volunteers that last year 62 million meals were provided to those in need!

Since April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to take the opportunity to tell you about a few of the people who give hope to those who are hungry in our community! This #ThankYouThursday, we’re honoring Lisa Goerdt, a great volunteer who serves at our Partner Gardens.

Name: Lisa Goerdt

Volunteer Opportunity: Partner Garden Volunteer

Role: Volunteer Gardener/ Chef Cooking Matters volunteer

When did you start volunteer with NTFB: I started volunteering about a year ago when I observed a Cooking Matters class and loved it so much! They let me jump in and help hand out supplies to the families. I was so impressed with the great nutritional information etc. that was shared in such a caring manner, and the kids had so much fun preparing the yummy food. Best turkey tacos I’ve ever had!

What do you enjoy most about the experience:  Volunteering for the gardening group was something I didn’t expect to enjoy as I had no experience with growing food. But, I made the most amazing discovery……people who garden are unique, special people. They possess great wisdom, humility and patience as they dutifully work the soil, pull weeds, plant tiny seedlings and nurture each plant to harvest. The fact that they grow food to feed families also makes them inspirational. I enjoy being a part of the process!

When this picture was taken we were helping clean up the garden. We pulled weeds and helped Olga (woman in fuchsia) prepare pantry plots for fall/ winter veggies.

Why do you choose to fight hunger: As a chef and someone passionate about food, the thought of a family or child not having food to eat makes my heart hurt. Knowledge is power and promotes change of circumstances, so spending time helping the cause is worthwhile effort.

Anything you want others to know about volunteering: Volunteers are amazing people. There’s so much reward gained from giving just a little bit of time to help others.


Learn about our Partner Gardens first hand! We have volunteer openings this weekend at several gardens!! Find out more and sign up here

Lisa (left) in action

Lisa (left) in action

It’s amazing to think about all of the people in North Texas who have committed their time and energy, heart and hands to help fight hunger in North Texas! It is because of our 32,000 volunteers that last year 62 million meals were provided to those in need!

Since April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to take the opportunity to tell you about a few of the people who give hope to those who are hungry in our community! This #ThankYouThursday, we’re honoring Lisa Goerdt, a great volunteer who serves at our Partner Gardens.

Name: Lisa Goerdt

Volunteer Opportunity: Partner Garden Volunteer

Role: Volunteer Gardener/ Chef Cooking Matters volunteer

When did you start volunteer with NTFB: I started volunteering about a year ago when I observed a Cooking Matters class and loved it so much! They let me jump in and help hand out supplies to the families. I was so impressed with the great nutritional information etc. that was shared in such a caring manner, and the kids had so much fun preparing the yummy food. Best turkey tacos I’ve ever had!

What do you enjoy most about the experience:  Volunteering for the gardening group was something I didn’t expect to enjoy as I had no experience with growing food. But, I made the most amazing discovery……people who garden are unique, special people. They possess great wisdom, humility and patience as they dutifully work the soil, pull weeds, plant tiny seedlings and nurture each plant to harvest. The fact that they grow food to feed families also makes them inspirational. I enjoy being a part of the process!

When this picture was taken we were helping clean up the garden. We pulled weeds and helped Olga (woman in fuchsia) prepare pantry plots for fall/ winter veggies.

Why do you choose to fight hunger: As a chef and someone passionate about food, the thought of a family or child not having food to eat makes my heart hurt. Knowledge is power and promotes change of circumstances, so spending time helping the cause is worthwhile effort.

Anything you want others to know about volunteering: Volunteers are amazing people. There’s so much reward gained from giving just a little bit of time to help others.


Learn about our Partner Gardens first hand! We have volunteer openings this weekend at several gardens!! Find out more and sign up here


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April 02, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Thank you, Christine Anderson

April 02, 2015
by Diana Carranza

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In 2014, more than 32,000 volunteers gave their hearts and hands to help fight hunger in North Texas! Each volunteer that joins us is crucial to the work we do here – feeding hungry children, families and seniors! Since April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to take the opportunity to tell you about a few of the people who give hope to those who are hungry in our community! This #ThankYouThursday, we’re honoring Christine Anderson, a great volunteer who serves at Our Community Pantry.

OCP-12Volunteer: Christine Anderson

NTFB program you volunteer for: NTFB’s Our Community Pantry in South Dallas

What is your role: I assist neighbors in shopping and work checking out client’s groceries.

How long have you volunteered with us: October 2014

What do you enjoy most about volunteering: I enjoy spending time and connecting with the clients and other volunteers.

Why did you decide to volunteer with NTFB: I think fighting hunger is the most important need. If a person is hungry it is hard to be successful in their daily life. I really enjoy serving the South Dallas community and I also love that I am able to connect with our clients and create a comfortable environment that neighbors enjoy coming back to each month.

Anything else you would like to share: When I started volunteering at Our Community Pantry I thought I would be serving many people without homes and jobs. Most of our shoppers are hardworking, parents, and grandparents that need additional assistance to help put food on their table each month.

 
Thanks to Christine and each of our volunteers who are committed to help us fight hunger in North Texas! NTFB wouldn’t be able to provide access to 170,000 meals each day without your support and love!


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available. 

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In 2014, more than 32,000 volunteers gave their hearts and hands to help fight hunger in North Texas! Each volunteer that joins us is crucial to the work we do here – feeding hungry children, families and seniors! Since April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, we want to take the opportunity to tell you about a few of the people who give hope to those who are hungry in our community! This #ThankYouThursday, we’re honoring Christine Anderson, a great volunteer who serves at Our Community Pantry.

OCP-12Volunteer: Christine Anderson

NTFB program you volunteer for: NTFB’s Our Community Pantry in South Dallas

What is your role: I assist neighbors in shopping and work checking out client’s groceries.

How long have you volunteered with us: October 2014

What do you enjoy most about volunteering: I enjoy spending time and connecting with the clients and other volunteers.

Why did you decide to volunteer with NTFB: I think fighting hunger is the most important need. If a person is hungry it is hard to be successful in their daily life. I really enjoy serving the South Dallas community and I also love that I am able to connect with our clients and create a comfortable environment that neighbors enjoy coming back to each month.

Anything else you would like to share: When I started volunteering at Our Community Pantry I thought I would be serving many people without homes and jobs. Most of our shoppers are hardworking, parents, and grandparents that need additional assistance to help put food on their table each month.

 
Thanks to Christine and each of our volunteers who are committed to help us fight hunger in North Texas! NTFB wouldn’t be able to provide access to 170,000 meals each day without your support and love!


If you are interested in volunteering to fight hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/volunteer to learn about opportunities available. 


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April 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas this April to fight hunger

April 01, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger

There are plenty of ways you can join us in the fight against hunger in North Texas this April and have some fun while doing it! Check out these community events benefiting the North Texas Food Bank for a good time and an opportunity to give back! Big thanks goes to all of these organizations for hosting these great events!

Saturday, April 11 – Big Texas Beer Fest
The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ original beer festival. The 2015 event is the fourth-annual and happens April 11 at the Fair Park Automobile Building. Last year’s festival featured 106 breweries and over 400 beers. The expectation is for that number to grow with this year’s event. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. Since brewers never know when beers will be ready, BTBF always releases the beer list about 1 week before the event. A portion of the proceeds benefits NTFB! Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance.

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26 – WhoFest 2 and the Irving Invasion
WhoFest 2 is a fan celebration of Doctor Who, taking place on April 24 – April 26 at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel. The weekend will include panels, performances and appearances by celebrity guests including Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Terry Molloy. All ticket sales and proceeds from the WhoFest auction will benefit NTFB. To register or learn more about this event, please visit www.whofestdfw.org.

Friday, April 24 – Big D BBQ Battle
Let’s get the fire started for the 2015 edition of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Big D BBQ Battle—North Dallas’ premiere springtime outdoor celebration of brisket, beer and a band. Top Dallas businesses send their cooking teams to compete for bragging rights for best tasting barbecue, best dressed team and most enthusiastic competitor. Thousands of attendees will come to eat, drink and be merry with coworkers, colleagues, clients and friends for this opportunity to connect with other businesses and enjoy an evening of food, fun and live music by local country music singer Hudson Moore. Big D BBQ Battle proudly benefits NTFB and Cafe Momentum! Purchase your tickets here.

Saturday, April 25 – Crawfest, Claws for a Cause 
The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2014 Leadership Class is thrilled to host CRAWFEST, benefiting NTFB’s Food 4 Kids program.  Tickets include all you can eat crawfish, Four Corners beer and live entertainment.  Tickets are $40.00 in advance or $45.00 tickets at the door.

Sunday, April 26 – Food for Thought 
“Food for Thought” is an afternoon outdoor event including lunch, inspirational talks, and outdoor fun at White Rock Lake on Sunday, April 26th. Attendees are invited to make a donation to NTFB or bring canned food items. Children’s activities will be provided on site (supervised and in a secure area). For more information please visit www.thirdchurchdallas.org/foodforthought.

May Sneak Peek! Make sure to join us on May 3 for Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium for the Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party! www.ntfb.org/tnfl 

Find more events and campaigns here

If you can’t make any of these events, there are many other ways that you can donate or volunteer to feed hungry children, seniors and families in our community! 

Things to do in Dallas to fight hunger

There are plenty of ways you can join us in the fight against hunger in North Texas this April and have some fun while doing it! Check out these community events benefiting the North Texas Food Bank for a good time and an opportunity to give back! Big thanks goes to all of these organizations for hosting these great events!

Saturday, April 11 – Big Texas Beer Fest
The Big Texas Beer Fest is Dallas’ original beer festival. The 2015 event is the fourth-annual and happens April 11 at the Fair Park Automobile Building. Last year’s festival featured 106 breweries and over 400 beers. The expectation is for that number to grow with this year’s event. BTBF is well-known as the festival to go to for exclusive and rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. Since brewers never know when beers will be ready, BTBF always releases the beer list about 1 week before the event. A portion of the proceeds benefits NTFB! Grab your tickets now, as they have always sold out in advance.

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26 – WhoFest 2 and the Irving Invasion
WhoFest 2 is a fan celebration of Doctor Who, taking place on April 24 – April 26 at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel. The weekend will include panels, performances and appearances by celebrity guests including Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Terry Molloy. All ticket sales and proceeds from the WhoFest auction will benefit NTFB. To register or learn more about this event, please visit www.whofestdfw.org.

Friday, April 24 – Big D BBQ Battle
Let’s get the fire started for the 2015 edition of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Big D BBQ Battle—North Dallas’ premiere springtime outdoor celebration of brisket, beer and a band. Top Dallas businesses send their cooking teams to compete for bragging rights for best tasting barbecue, best dressed team and most enthusiastic competitor. Thousands of attendees will come to eat, drink and be merry with coworkers, colleagues, clients and friends for this opportunity to connect with other businesses and enjoy an evening of food, fun and live music by local country music singer Hudson Moore. Big D BBQ Battle proudly benefits NTFB and Cafe Momentum! Purchase your tickets here.

Saturday, April 25 – Crawfest, Claws for a Cause 
The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers 2014 Leadership Class is thrilled to host CRAWFEST, benefiting NTFB’s Food 4 Kids program.  Tickets include all you can eat crawfish, Four Corners beer and live entertainment.  Tickets are $40.00 in advance or $45.00 tickets at the door.

Sunday, April 26 – Food for Thought 
“Food for Thought” is an afternoon outdoor event including lunch, inspirational talks, and outdoor fun at White Rock Lake on Sunday, April 26th. Attendees are invited to make a donation to NTFB or bring canned food items. Children’s activities will be provided on site (supervised and in a secure area). For more information please visit www.thirdchurchdallas.org/foodforthought.

May Sneak Peek! Make sure to join us on May 3 for Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium for the Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party! www.ntfb.org/tnfl 

Find more events and campaigns here

If you can’t make any of these events, there are many other ways that you can donate or volunteer to feed hungry children, seniors and families in our community! 


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February 27, 2015
by Diana Carranza

Help NTFB catch up after Snow Days!

February 27, 2015
by Diana Carranza

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While the snow and winter weather can be such a beautiful sight, it can be treacherous when it hits the roads and so occasional “snow days” in Dallas are inevitable. Most people love snow days– a day off from work or school, snow ball fights and hot cocoa, who could blame them! But for NTFB, snow days can mean that we get behind on packing and distributing food that is greatly needed in our community.
 
This week we had to cancel 6 volunteer shifts in our Distribution Center due to weather and road conditions. In addition, volunteers shifts for our Nourishing Neighbors and Our Community Pantry programs, as well as other programs, were also canceled this week.
 
Because of this, we are in high need of volunteers over the next few weeks to help us catch up on packing senior food boxes and Food 4 Kids bags, delivering Nourishing Neighbor groceries and working with clients at Our Community Pantry.
 
If at all possible, please join us throughout March as we work to ensure that all these snow days don’t put us behind in fighting hunger in North Texas! See more about these volunteer opportunities and sign up at www.ntfb.org/volunteer. (Distribution Center dates and time openings listed below)
 
Thanks North Texas! We hope you stay safe and warm as we get through this snowy, icy week!


Openings in our Distribution Center, located at 4500 S. Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Texas 75236, include:

Tuesday, March 3
–9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6,
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 13
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sign up for these and other shifts at www.ntfb.org/volunteer 

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While the snow and winter weather can be such a beautiful sight, it can be treacherous when it hits the roads and so occasional “snow days” in Dallas are inevitable. Most people love snow days– a day off from work or school, snow ball fights and hot cocoa, who could blame them! But for NTFB, snow days can mean that we get behind on packing and distributing food that is greatly needed in our community.
 
This week we had to cancel 6 volunteer shifts in our Distribution Center due to weather and road conditions. In addition, volunteers shifts for our Nourishing Neighbors and Our Community Pantry programs, as well as other programs, were also canceled this week.
 
Because of this, we are in high need of volunteers over the next few weeks to help us catch up on packing senior food boxes and Food 4 Kids bags, delivering Nourishing Neighbor groceries and working with clients at Our Community Pantry.
 
If at all possible, please join us throughout March as we work to ensure that all these snow days don’t put us behind in fighting hunger in North Texas! See more about these volunteer opportunities and sign up at www.ntfb.org/volunteer. (Distribution Center dates and time openings listed below)
 
Thanks North Texas! We hope you stay safe and warm as we get through this snowy, icy week!


Openings in our Distribution Center, located at 4500 S. Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Texas 75236, include:

Tuesday, March 3
–9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6,
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 13
–1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sign up for these and other shifts at www.ntfb.org/volunteer 


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