January 15, 2020
by Trisha Cunningham

FY20: The Year of Community

January 15, 2020
by Trisha Cunningham

While most celebrated the New Year just a few days ago, at the North Texas Food Bank, we welcomed our new (fiscal) year on July 1. With the start of each new fiscal year, just as many make resolutions, at the Food Bank, our team selects an annual theme, words to guide our work and our focus during the months ahead. This year in FY20, we selected; The Year of Community.

Now let me clarify: our critical work at the Food Bank has always been focused on our community. Serving our hungry neighbors in need, has, and forever will be, at the center of all that we do. Add to that our valued partnerships and collaborations with volunteers, civic partners, corporations and many others, and it’s easy to see that our organization rests firmly on the foundation of engaging, serving and strengthening our community.

As we considered the current environment in North Texas – we set two primary goals with our theme: provide more meals than ever before, while raising more funds than ever before, all to advance our efforts in closing the hunger gap in our community. We know that far too many in our community face hunger day in and day out. We also know that our community is comprised of neighbors and organizations who are determined to stop this heartbreaking cycle of food insecurity. All this to say, at the North Texas Food Bank, this is our year to help more neighbors overcome hunger, with more help from neighbors who are committed to this important cause.

Next we set four key priorities: Foster Team Excellence, Engage the Community, Serve the Community and Strengthen our Infrastructure. Already in motion are several new initiatives and efforts to help propel us toward reaching our goals, and I am confident that together, we can provide our neighbors with more nutritious food this year.

This is our Year of Community, but really it is The Year of Brianna, a single mom of four who recently brought a homeless neighbor with her to a local food pantry within our Feeding Network. This is The Year of Glenn, a neighbor who volunteers at the same Partner Agency where he receives food assistance. The Year of Dan, a NTFB warehouse volunteer who shared with our staff that his mother once depended on food from our senior programs.

And I hope this can be your year – The Year of You, our North Texas neighbor who joins us in our commitment to end hunger. Because when our community stands together against hunger, I know we will provide more nutritious meals than ever before.

To learn how you can help fight hunger in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

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

While most celebrated the New Year just a few days ago, at the North Texas Food Bank, we welcomed our new (fiscal) year on July 1. With the start of each new fiscal year, just as many make resolutions, at the Food Bank, our team selects an annual theme, words to guide our work and our focus during the months ahead. This year in FY20, we selected; The Year of Community.

Now let me clarify: our critical work at the Food Bank has always been focused on our community. Serving our hungry neighbors in need, has, and forever will be, at the center of all that we do. Add to that our valued partnerships and collaborations with volunteers, civic partners, corporations and many others, and it’s easy to see that our organization rests firmly on the foundation of engaging, serving and strengthening our community.

As we considered the current environment in North Texas – we set two primary goals with our theme: provide more meals than ever before, while raising more funds than ever before, all to advance our efforts in closing the hunger gap in our community. We know that far too many in our community face hunger day in and day out. We also know that our community is comprised of neighbors and organizations who are determined to stop this heartbreaking cycle of food insecurity. All this to say, at the North Texas Food Bank, this is our year to help more neighbors overcome hunger, with more help from neighbors who are committed to this important cause.

Next we set four key priorities: Foster Team Excellence, Engage the Community, Serve the Community and Strengthen our Infrastructure. Already in motion are several new initiatives and efforts to help propel us toward reaching our goals, and I am confident that together, we can provide our neighbors with more nutritious food this year.

This is our Year of Community, but really it is The Year of Brianna, a single mom of four who recently brought a homeless neighbor with her to a local food pantry within our Feeding Network. This is The Year of Glenn, a neighbor who volunteers at the same Partner Agency where he receives food assistance. The Year of Dan, a NTFB warehouse volunteer who shared with our staff that his mother once depended on food from our senior programs.

And I hope this can be your year – The Year of You, our North Texas neighbor who joins us in our commitment to end hunger. Because when our community stands together against hunger, I know we will provide more nutritious meals than ever before.

To learn how you can help fight hunger in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

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


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January 08, 2020
by Erica Yaeger

A Recipe to Fill More Bowls

January 08, 2020
by Erica Yaeger

An empty bowl. So many of our North Texas neighbors find their bowls, and their stomachs, void of nourishing food on a regular basis. Way too many of them. More than 800,000 North Texans are food insecure, with one in five of them children.

The North Texas Food Bank’s 21st Annual Empty Bowls event, sponsored by Kroger, will be held Thursday, February 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Perot Family Campus in Plano. Each guest will receive a handcrafted bowl from a local artisan to serve as a reminder that not everyone’s bowl is full for our neighbors facing hunger. They will also enjoy bowl friendly fare prepared by talented chefs and restaurants. This special gathering suppports our ability to provide critical food to our hungry neighbors, filling more empty plates and bowls throughout our community.

So many of my favorite foods are served up in bowls…from cereal to hearty soups and stews to ice-cream. I recognize how lucky I am to always have access to healthy, and sometimes not so healthy, food. Recently I uncovered my granny’s recipe box, which included a recipe for her Winter Day Bean Soup. The smells and the memories soon consumed my kitchen, and the beautiful bowl from last year’s event was soon filled with this flavorful, simple meal. 

This bowl of beans brought back another vivid memory. Granny was the one who first took me to volunteer at the local food pantry, the Fort Mill Care Center, when I was in high school. She was a loyal volunteer and spent many days assisting her food-insecure neighbors. It warmed my heart to know I was continuing her work and enjoying her recipe out of my North Texas Food Bank bowl.


Granny’s Winter Day Bean Soup

  • 2 cups dried beans
  • 2 cups ham our sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T lemon juice

Rinse beans, place in large pot and cover with water. Add salt and soak overnight. Drain and add 2 qts water and ham or sausage and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for three hours. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, tomatoes and lemon juice. Simmer another hour.  Add salt and pepper as needed.


What are your favorite recipes to fill your bowl? I’d love to know – please include them in the comments section below.

I hope you will join me at Empty Bowls on February 27, and taste a few of our community’s favorite recipes while helping fill more bowls for our neighbors in need.

To learn more about Empty Bowls, or to purchase tickets, visit ntfb.org/emptybowls.


Erica Yaeger, Chief External Affairs Officer

Erica Yaeger oversees the External Affairs Department of the Food Bank which encompasses  the fundraisers, marketing and communications, the volunteer team, our advocacy efforts and the Gift and Development Services team. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Erica worked in development at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is passionate about writing, storytelling and ensuring that our neighbors have the resources they need. Her happy place is on the lake with her two kids and husband Dave.

An empty bowl. So many of our North Texas neighbors find their bowls, and their stomachs, void of nourishing food on a regular basis. Way too many of them. More than 800,000 North Texans are food insecure, with one in five of them children.

The North Texas Food Bank’s 21st Annual Empty Bowls event, sponsored by Kroger, will be held Thursday, February 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Perot Family Campus in Plano. Each guest will receive a handcrafted bowl from a local artisan to serve as a reminder that not everyone’s bowl is full for our neighbors facing hunger. They will also enjoy bowl friendly fare prepared by talented chefs and restaurants. This special gathering suppports our ability to provide critical food to our hungry neighbors, filling more empty plates and bowls throughout our community.

So many of my favorite foods are served up in bowls…from cereal to hearty soups and stews to ice-cream. I recognize how lucky I am to always have access to healthy, and sometimes not so healthy, food. Recently I uncovered my granny’s recipe box, which included a recipe for her Winter Day Bean Soup. The smells and the memories soon consumed my kitchen, and the beautiful bowl from last year’s event was soon filled with this flavorful, simple meal. 

This bowl of beans brought back another vivid memory. Granny was the one who first took me to volunteer at the local food pantry, the Fort Mill Care Center, when I was in high school. She was a loyal volunteer and spent many days assisting her food-insecure neighbors. It warmed my heart to know I was continuing her work and enjoying her recipe out of my North Texas Food Bank bowl.


Granny’s Winter Day Bean Soup

  • 2 cups dried beans
  • 2 cups ham our sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T lemon juice

Rinse beans, place in large pot and cover with water. Add salt and soak overnight. Drain and add 2 qts water and ham or sausage and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for three hours. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, tomatoes and lemon juice. Simmer another hour.  Add salt and pepper as needed.


What are your favorite recipes to fill your bowl? I’d love to know – please include them in the comments section below.

I hope you will join me at Empty Bowls on February 27, and taste a few of our community’s favorite recipes while helping fill more bowls for our neighbors in need.

To learn more about Empty Bowls, or to purchase tickets, visit ntfb.org/emptybowls.


Erica Yaeger, Chief External Affairs Officer

Erica Yaeger oversees the External Affairs Department of the Food Bank which encompasses  the fundraisers, marketing and communications, the volunteer team, our advocacy efforts and the Gift and Development Services team. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Erica worked in development at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is passionate about writing, storytelling and ensuring that our neighbors have the resources they need. Her happy place is on the lake with her two kids and husband Dave.


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December 19, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Hunger During the Holidays

December 19, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Last year, Ralph received food for a holiday meal from a food pantry within the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

No one wants to spend Christmas night, or any night, with an empty stomach. Today in North Texas, the likelihood of that happening is almost certain. With 800,000 neighbors in our community living in food-insecure households, meaning they don’t know where or when they will find their next meal – this holiday season likely finds far too many hungry.

The juxtaposition of opposing realities in our community hits harder this time of year. While many spend this season searching for the perfect present, others are searching for critical nourishment. As some prepare for holiday meals with family and friends, others long for a day when their pantry will hold healthy foods.

The truth is – hunger happens every day, and exists in every zip code, even where you might least expect. Just down the street, at your nearby school, or even in your office – you are surrounded by neighbors facing hunger. Neighbors like Ralph, a single father of five caring for his aging parents and younger brother with special needs. He does his best to make ends meet, but his budget is stretched-thin, especially during the holiday season. But last Christmas, your generosity provided a healthy, holiday meal for Ralph and his family.

“We got almost everything that we had for Christmas dinner from the pantry because I couldn’t afford the groceries, said Ralph. “They have really been here for us.”

This holiday season, please remember that for many neighbors, this time of year does not bring presents or festive meals. For them, it is likely a time when the gravity of their situation, their critical fight against hunger, seems even further from the reality that most experience – but we can change that.

Together, we can take a stand against hunger, and bridge this gap in our community. We can provide our neighbors in need with nutritious foods, and help create a reality where finding that next meal is no longer a daily struggle, even on Christmas night. To join the North Texas Food Bank in our work closing the hunger gap in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org.

Last year, Ralph received food for a holiday meal from a food pantry within the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

No one wants to spend Christmas night, or any night, with an empty stomach. Today in North Texas, the likelihood of that happening is almost certain. With 800,000 neighbors in our community living in food-insecure households, meaning they don’t know where or when they will find their next meal – this holiday season likely finds far too many hungry.

The juxtaposition of opposing realities in our community hits harder this time of year. While many spend this season searching for the perfect present, others are searching for critical nourishment. As some prepare for holiday meals with family and friends, others long for a day when their pantry will hold healthy foods.

The truth is – hunger happens every day, and exists in every zip code, even where you might least expect. Just down the street, at your nearby school, or even in your office – you are surrounded by neighbors facing hunger. Neighbors like Ralph, a single father of five caring for his aging parents and younger brother with special needs. He does his best to make ends meet, but his budget is stretched-thin, especially during the holiday season. But last Christmas, your generosity provided a healthy, holiday meal for Ralph and his family.

“We got almost everything that we had for Christmas dinner from the pantry because I couldn’t afford the groceries, said Ralph. “They have really been here for us.”

This holiday season, please remember that for many neighbors, this time of year does not bring presents or festive meals. For them, it is likely a time when the gravity of their situation, their critical fight against hunger, seems even further from the reality that most experience – but we can change that.

Together, we can take a stand against hunger, and bridge this gap in our community. We can provide our neighbors in need with nutritious foods, and help create a reality where finding that next meal is no longer a daily struggle, even on Christmas night. To join the North Texas Food Bank in our work closing the hunger gap in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org.


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December 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join NTFB on #GivingTuesday

December 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Scarlet and her mother Ruth receive food assistance from the NTFB Mobile Pantry program.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that celebrates generosity and the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and world.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we believe that nourished people can create communities that flourish and thrive, and for whole communities to thrive, each neighbor needs to be nourished in many ways. An absolutely critical component of that belief is the acknowledgement that fundamental nourishment comes from nutritious food.

Neighbors like Ruth and her daughter Scarlet need our help to flourish and thrive. Ruth works at a local healthcare clinic that provides free of cost care to underserved neighbors. While her work helps others in need, she and her family often worry about keeping food on their table. The expenses that come with a growing family can create a financial burden for just about anyone. “We always, as a parent, we want to be there for our children all the time,” she shares.

But Ruth receives fresh produce, protein and shelf-stable items from a NTFB Mobile Pantry truck. Her children look forward to the fresh fruit. “They like the bananas and grapes,” she shares. Even as Ruth struggles with hunger, she works to help others struggling in our community. Imagine what might be possible if Ruth and her family overcame hunger. How many more neighbors in our community are like Ruth?

When you support the North Texas Food Bank on #GivingTuesday, your gift will have twice the impact for neighbors like Ruth and her family. Through midnight tonight, Santander Consumer USA Foundation is matching every gift made up to $100,000. That’s two times the nutritious meals for hungry children, seniors and families in North Texas.

Join us today, and make a gift in honor of someone this holiday season, because the gift of nourishment will transform our community. To make a #GivingTuesday gift, visit ntfb.org/givingtuesday or visit the Food Bank Facebook page.

Scarlet and her mother Ruth receive food assistance from the NTFB Mobile Pantry program.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that celebrates generosity and the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and world.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we believe that nourished people can create communities that flourish and thrive, and for whole communities to thrive, each neighbor needs to be nourished in many ways. An absolutely critical component of that belief is the acknowledgement that fundamental nourishment comes from nutritious food.

Neighbors like Ruth and her daughter Scarlet need our help to flourish and thrive. Ruth works at a local healthcare clinic that provides free of cost care to underserved neighbors. While her work helps others in need, she and her family often worry about keeping food on their table. The expenses that come with a growing family can create a financial burden for just about anyone. “We always, as a parent, we want to be there for our children all the time,” she shares.

But Ruth receives fresh produce, protein and shelf-stable items from a NTFB Mobile Pantry truck. Her children look forward to the fresh fruit. “They like the bananas and grapes,” she shares. Even as Ruth struggles with hunger, she works to help others struggling in our community. Imagine what might be possible if Ruth and her family overcame hunger. How many more neighbors in our community are like Ruth?

When you support the North Texas Food Bank on #GivingTuesday, your gift will have twice the impact for neighbors like Ruth and her family. Through midnight tonight, Santander Consumer USA Foundation is matching every gift made up to $100,000. That’s two times the nutritious meals for hungry children, seniors and families in North Texas.

Join us today, and make a gift in honor of someone this holiday season, because the gift of nourishment will transform our community. To make a #GivingTuesday gift, visit ntfb.org/givingtuesday or visit the Food Bank Facebook page.


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November 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Thank You from NTFB

November 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Petra stands beside her groceries from a local West Dallas food pantry. Thanks to the pantry, she received a turkey she’ll cook on Thanksgiving.

During this season of gratitude, at the North Texas Food Bank, we are immeasurably thankful for your support feeding our hungry neighbors. How can we express our appreciation?

“You can’t tell them thank you,” explains Petra. “Because thank you is not enough.”

Petra receives food assistance from a local pantry in her West Dallas neighborhood. With a family of seven all under one roof, they often struggle to keep food on the table. Recently they had to choose between food, and having electricity. For neighbors in need, food is often the first expense cut when faced with adversity.

So Petra is right. Thank you does not seem adequate when expressing our sincere appreciation for your support providing healthy food to hungry children, seniors and families. Your commitment ensures that every day, our NTFB team and vast Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies supplies access to 200,000 nutritious meals. Each meal nourishing a hungry neighbor, providing hope for a better tomorrow.

When thank you seems small, like Petra — we will act out our appreciation. Even with what little she has, she supports her neighbors in need, and has taught her three young children to do the same.

“My door is always open. I don’t care who you are. I have a meal for you,” she says. “That’s why I’m grateful for the pantry, because it helps us.”

To express our appreciation during this Thanksgiving season, and all throughout the year, we will continue onward. We will strive toward our goal of ending hunger by providing more healthy meals to the almost 800,000 food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. With each meal provided, we honor your support by nourishing a neighbor in need. And with that, we thank you.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Petra stands beside her groceries from a local West Dallas food pantry. Thanks to the pantry, she received a turkey she’ll cook on Thanksgiving.

During this season of gratitude, at the North Texas Food Bank, we are immeasurably thankful for your support feeding our hungry neighbors. How can we express our appreciation?

“You can’t tell them thank you,” explains Petra. “Because thank you is not enough.”

Petra receives food assistance from a local pantry in her West Dallas neighborhood. With a family of seven all under one roof, they often struggle to keep food on the table. Recently they had to choose between food, and having electricity. For neighbors in need, food is often the first expense cut when faced with adversity.

So Petra is right. Thank you does not seem adequate when expressing our sincere appreciation for your support providing healthy food to hungry children, seniors and families. Your commitment ensures that every day, our NTFB team and vast Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies supplies access to 200,000 nutritious meals. Each meal nourishing a hungry neighbor, providing hope for a better tomorrow.

When thank you seems small, like Petra — we will act out our appreciation. Even with what little she has, she supports her neighbors in need, and has taught her three young children to do the same.

“My door is always open. I don’t care who you are. I have a meal for you,” she says. “That’s why I’m grateful for the pantry, because it helps us.”

To express our appreciation during this Thanksgiving season, and all throughout the year, we will continue onward. We will strive toward our goal of ending hunger by providing more healthy meals to the almost 800,000 food-insecure neighbors in North Texas. With each meal provided, we honor your support by nourishing a neighbor in need. And with that, we thank you.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


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November 20, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join Ebenezer Scrooge and Support NTFB this Holiday Season

November 20, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Patrick Bilbow (L) and Brandon Potter (R) star in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol; photo by Kim Leeson.

This holiday season, make plans to see the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, and help provide hope for hungry North Texas neighbors. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to once again partner with the Dallas Theater Center for the 12th annual collection drive in conjunction with this hit holiday performance. Throughout the production, starting Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 29, DTC will collect canned goods in the theater’s lobby, and following each performance, cast members will also collect monetary donations.

While this initiative might seem like just a collection of unwanted pantry items, or spare change – it could not be further from that. Since 2007, the Dallas Theater Center has donated more than $750,000 to the Food Bank, equivalent to 2.25 million meals, to help provide nutritious meals for North Texans in need. The combined monetary and canned food donations helps the Food Bank meet the increased need for food assistance during the holidays when the demand often increases.

This year, thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made now through December 31, will be doubled, up to $200,000. This mean that every $1 donated will provide six meals to hunger neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. Even a small contribution goes a long way.

To learn how you can help hungry neighbors in need this holiday season, and all throughout the year, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

To purchase tickets to A Christmas Carol, playing at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, visit www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or call (214) 522-8499.

Patrick Bilbow (L) and Brandon Potter (R) star in Dallas Theater Center’s A Christmas Carol; photo by Kim Leeson.

This holiday season, make plans to see the Dallas Theater Center’s annual production of A Christmas Carol, and help provide hope for hungry North Texas neighbors. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to once again partner with the Dallas Theater Center for the 12th annual collection drive in conjunction with this hit holiday performance. Throughout the production, starting Friday, November 22 through Sunday, December 29, DTC will collect canned goods in the theater’s lobby, and following each performance, cast members will also collect monetary donations.

While this initiative might seem like just a collection of unwanted pantry items, or spare change – it could not be further from that. Since 2007, the Dallas Theater Center has donated more than $750,000 to the Food Bank, equivalent to 2.25 million meals, to help provide nutritious meals for North Texans in need. The combined monetary and canned food donations helps the Food Bank meet the increased need for food assistance during the holidays when the demand often increases.

This year, thanks to a generous matching donation opportunity from Sammons Enterprises and the Beaumont Foundation of America, all gifts made now through December 31, will be doubled, up to $200,000. This mean that every $1 donated will provide six meals to hunger neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. Even a small contribution goes a long way.

To learn how you can help hungry neighbors in need this holiday season, and all throughout the year, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

To purchase tickets to A Christmas Carol, playing at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, visit www.DallasTheaterCenter.org or call (214) 522-8499.


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November 14, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Debra

November 14, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Not too long ago, Debra lived on the streets, and survived meal-to-meal. She now receives food assistance from a local food pantry within the Food Bank’s network of Partner Agencies.

“Homeless and starving.”

Debra didn’t hesitate when asked what prompted her visit to the Marillac Food Pantry operated by NTFB Partner Agency Catholic Charities Dallas. Located just a few miles from Interstate 30 in West Dallas and nestled within the Brady Senior Services Center. Last year, this pantry distributed more than 260,000 pounds of food and served 1,300 families. Many like Debra.

Thanks to a friend who offered her a ride, this is Debra’s first visit. When her disability status changed unexpectedly, Debra struggled to make ends meet. Soon she found herself hungry and homeless.

“I would hang out near gas stations,” said Debra. “Some days I would get lucky, and somebody would pass by, and buy me a hotdog or something.”

Debra now lives with her brother and his three young children. “He can’t afford to feed me, and his crew,” she explains, so their arrangement requires she supply her own food. She moved in just a few months ago, and “as long as I get my own food,” Debra says, “then I’m all right.”

While talking, lively music from down the hall can be heard. Senior neighbors gather here daily for meals, activities and services. Posted just outside the pantry is a flyer for flu shots. The squealing of a cart heavy with food suddenly overpowers the music. A pantry volunteer helps a client guide the cart outside. Today the pantry shelves display bags of fresh carrots, potatoes, peppers, radishes and grapes. Stored in refrigerators nearby are milk and meat. Cardboard boxes filled with food line the back wall. Inside are beans, bags of brown rice and other shelf-stable items.

What food is Debra looking forward to receiving today during her visit?

“Whatever they’ll give me,” she replies lightheartedly.

In North Texas, nearly 800,000 neighbors are food-insecure, and do not know where they will find their next meal. Many are homeless, though most are not. But most, like Debra, welcome whatever food they can receive. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides our hungry neighbors in need with healthy foods that they likely could not obtain otherwise. For Debra, this food not only provides critical nourishment, but ensures she stays off the streets.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

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

Not too long ago, Debra lived on the streets, and survived meal-to-meal. She now receives food assistance from a local food pantry within the Food Bank’s network of Partner Agencies.

“Homeless and starving.”

Debra didn’t hesitate when asked what prompted her visit to the Marillac Food Pantry operated by NTFB Partner Agency Catholic Charities Dallas. Located just a few miles from Interstate 30 in West Dallas and nestled within the Brady Senior Services Center. Last year, this pantry distributed more than 260,000 pounds of food and served 1,300 families. Many like Debra.

Thanks to a friend who offered her a ride, this is Debra’s first visit. When her disability status changed unexpectedly, Debra struggled to make ends meet. Soon she found herself hungry and homeless.

“I would hang out near gas stations,” said Debra. “Some days I would get lucky, and somebody would pass by, and buy me a hotdog or something.”

Debra now lives with her brother and his three young children. “He can’t afford to feed me, and his crew,” she explains, so their arrangement requires she supply her own food. She moved in just a few months ago, and “as long as I get my own food,” Debra says, “then I’m all right.”

While talking, lively music from down the hall can be heard. Senior neighbors gather here daily for meals, activities and services. Posted just outside the pantry is a flyer for flu shots. The squealing of a cart heavy with food suddenly overpowers the music. A pantry volunteer helps a client guide the cart outside. Today the pantry shelves display bags of fresh carrots, potatoes, peppers, radishes and grapes. Stored in refrigerators nearby are milk and meat. Cardboard boxes filled with food line the back wall. Inside are beans, bags of brown rice and other shelf-stable items.

What food is Debra looking forward to receiving today during her visit?

“Whatever they’ll give me,” she replies lightheartedly.

In North Texas, nearly 800,000 neighbors are food-insecure, and do not know where they will find their next meal. Many are homeless, though most are not. But most, like Debra, welcome whatever food they can receive. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides our hungry neighbors in need with healthy foods that they likely could not obtain otherwise. For Debra, this food not only provides critical nourishment, but ensures she stays off the streets.

To learn how you can help end hunger in North Texas, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


Caroline Mandel, Writer

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


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November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

The Face of Hunger

November 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Do you know the face of hunger?

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

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

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

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

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.

Do you know the face of hunger?

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

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

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

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

Visit FaceOfHunger.org to learn more.


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October 29, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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October 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

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

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

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

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

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

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

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

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

Catie Enrico

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

Pollock/Orora

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

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

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

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

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

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view all photos from the event, click here.

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

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

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

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

Corporation of the Year: H‑E‑B

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

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

Catie Enrico

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

Pollock/Orora

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

Tom Black Volunteer of the Year: Dave Arrington

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

Retail Partner of the Year: HelloFresh

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

Lifetime Achievement Award: Lyda Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

To view all photos from the event, click here.


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