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 Thank you 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 Thank you Robert!


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 Thank you 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 Thank you Robert!


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 in action Thank you, Lisa Goerdt!

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 in action Thank you, Lisa Goerdt!

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

OCP 111 Thank you, Christine Anderson

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 12 Thank you, Christine Anderson Volunteer: 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. 

OCP 111 Thank you, Christine Anderson

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 12 Thank you, Christine Anderson Volunteer: 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 Things to do in Dallas this April 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 Things to do in Dallas this April 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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February 15, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Helping to Care for Our Community’s Seniors

February 15, 2015
by Jan Pruitt

Friends,
As we anxiously await the coming of spring, I want to thank you for your support of the North Texas Food Bank at the beginning of this new year. Your gifts make such a difference to families and individuals in our community.

This time of year, I find myself thinking about the growing number of retirees who are now living on fixed incomes. These are people who have worked their entire lives, but without a sufficient safety net, now find themselves unable to pay for food and other essentials.

Many of their struggles are invisible to the rest of us. Hidden in their homes, with no transportation or loved ones to visit, they do their best to get by on their own. I know you’ll agree — that our parents and grandparents deserve better. While we work together to address the nutritional needs of seniors in our community, I’m encouraged by the generosity of friends like you. Because you give, older adults with few resources have access to nutritious meals all year long. Helping to Care for Our Communitys Seniors

In the most recent issue of the NTFB newsletter, Around the Table, you’ll read about the lives you’ve changed through your support of the Food Bank, and you’ll meet home-bound seniors like Rosie, who now have hope thanks to you.

I’m excited about what the rest of 2015 holds for the Food Bank and the people we serve together. As we move forward, I hope I can count on your continued commitment in the fight against hunger.

With Gratitude,
Jan


 Click here to read the Spring 2015 issue of Around the Table 

Friends,
As we anxiously await the coming of spring, I want to thank you for your support of the North Texas Food Bank at the beginning of this new year. Your gifts make such a difference to families and individuals in our community.

This time of year, I find myself thinking about the growing number of retirees who are now living on fixed incomes. These are people who have worked their entire lives, but without a sufficient safety net, now find themselves unable to pay for food and other essentials.

Many of their struggles are invisible to the rest of us. Hidden in their homes, with no transportation or loved ones to visit, they do their best to get by on their own. I know you’ll agree — that our parents and grandparents deserve better. While we work together to address the nutritional needs of seniors in our community, I’m encouraged by the generosity of friends like you. Because you give, older adults with few resources have access to nutritious meals all year long. Helping to Care for Our Communitys Seniors

In the most recent issue of the NTFB newsletter, Around the Table, you’ll read about the lives you’ve changed through your support of the Food Bank, and you’ll meet home-bound seniors like Rosie, who now have hope thanks to you.

I’m excited about what the rest of 2015 holds for the Food Bank and the people we serve together. As we move forward, I hope I can count on your continued commitment in the fight against hunger.

With Gratitude,
Jan


 Click here to read the Spring 2015 issue of Around the Table 


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December 31, 2014
by Diana Carranza

NTFB’s Top 14 Moments in 2014

December 31, 2014
by Diana Carranza

 
As we wrap up 2014, the staff at NTFB thought it was fitting to recap some of our favorite moments of the year. It was tough to narrow the list down to just 14 moments, especially knowing ALL that was accomplished and ALL the records that were broken this year! We’re sure we missed some, so let us know your favorite NTFB moments in the comments and be sure to check out the slide show with more photos below!
 
14. Hunger Action Month  This September, as in Septembers past, we were astounded by the amount of support Hunger Action Month received in the North Texas community! Seeing the Reunion Tower and the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas (just to name a few) turn orange to support the fight against hunger is something none of us at NTFB will soon forget. We’re looking forward to HAM 2015!
 
13. Uber Food Drive – The huge transportation app, Uber reached out to us back in November with a proposal to partner on an awesome opportunity: They wanted to give their users the chance to request a driver right from the app to come pick up non-perishable food donations! In total, thanks to Uber and all of you, on December 4 more than 5,000 lbs. of food were collected to feed the hungry in our community in time for the holidays!
 
12. Launch of Kids Against Hunger  Kids in our community continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm to fight hunger! So in May, we launched Kids Against Hunger – a new volunteer experience specifically for kids in 2nd – 4th grades! It’s been a great opportunity for younger kids to learn about hunger, pack Food 4 Kids bags, and work on a craft that will help them spread the word about hunger! We’re excited to continue Kids Against Hunger in 2015!
 
state fair of texas 300x225 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014 11. State Fair of Texas canned food drive + CANstruction  The State Fair of Texas “It’s a Fair Deal” food drive is our largest food drive of the year. But 2014 blew other years out of the water! Thanks to all of you, 242,001 lbs. of food and drinks were donated to those in need in North Texas! And in addition, CANstruction Dallas took place at the State Fair this year! The engineers and architects who built the awesome can-structures collected more than 103,000 lbs. of food and $9,775 to feed hungry North Texans!
 
10. First Annual HARVEST – 2014 was a great year to unveil our newest signature event, HARVEST. The fun-filled and fabulous night in September was held at the newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market and included food from 18 chef stations from local restaurants! And with more than 500 guests, 84 auction items and $313,000 raised, it was a great success!
 
9. Dallas Theater Center “A Christmas Carol” standout year  We love our continued partnership with Dallas Theater Center! For the past several years, during each of their performances of “A Christmas Carol”, they collect monetary donations to help feed the hungry in North Texas. This year, they raised over $70,000 for the fight against hunger – more than in any year past! But they didn’t stop there: every year, including this year, the cast and crew also stopped by our Distribution Center for a volunteer shift!Dog 2 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014
 
8. The dogs that were rescued by NTFB staff  The staff at NTFB aren’t just passionate about fighting hunger, most of us are also avid pet lovers. And so, not once but twice in 2014, pets were rescued by NTFB staff! The first dog to come to us was found in a drain outside of our Dan Morton location. Our staff stopped at nothing to get the little guy out of there and to safety, feed him food that we had on hand thanks to our Food 4 Paws program, and promptly found him a home. The second dog was found at our Westmoreland office. He must have heard about our love for animals because he wouldn’t leave the shade he found by our office…. that is until one of our staff members adopted him!
 
7. Launch of Nourishing Neighbors - After seeing an increase in seniors needing food assistance, our team launched Nourishing Neighbors, a grocery-delivery program for home-bound seniors. NTFB volunteers now deliver several pounds of groceries and fresh produce every two weeks. And over the holidays, the seniors in the program received special Thanksgiving and Christmas deliveries!
 
6. Food 4 Kid – Plano Expansion – Many people don’t realize that there are kids in Plano who are food insecure. So we were excited when Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere joined us to not only acknowledge the need, but commit to do something about it. With his leadership, we’re working to feed the 1,800 chronically-hungry Plano kids through our Food 4 Kids program!
 
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5. Grand Opening of “Our Community Pantry” - Thanks to the support of so many community partners including St. Philip’s School and Community Center, in September we opened “Our Community Pantry” in South Dallas. More than 600 families in need in the Fair Park area now visit the pantry every month to receive fresh produce and other grocery items! This is a high-need area in our community, and so we have been so proud to see this pantry flourish.
 
4. A Million Meals raised on North Texas Giving Day – The task of raising enough funds to provide access to 1 Million Meals in just one day seemed at least a little daunting to us at NTFB. But not to all of you! From 6 a.m. to midnight on September 18, our supporters came together and donated $381,101 which equals 1,143,303 meals! All we can say is WOW!
 
3. Our Volunteers – So this isn’t exactly a particular moment, but we had far too many awesome volunteers in 2014 to leave you off this list! Approximately 32,000 volunteers worked with us to fight hunger in North Texas! Please know that we could NOT do the work we do to feed the hungry without your hearts and hands! Thanks to each one of you!
 

2. Huge Growth in Fresh Produce distribution  Like the Volunteers on this list, this isn’t exactly a moment, but distributing fresh produce was something that stood out to our staff over and over again when looking back on 2014. From our SNAP team distributing produce to people when they applied for SNAP benefits, to more produce being provided to our Summer Food Service Program sites, to the launch of Brighter Bites which brought 30+ lbs. of fresh produce to kids and their families during the school year, our team really focused on getting the most nutritious food to people who need it! IMG 0081 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014

 
1. Dallas Farmers Market Announcement – In June, we unveiled one of our most exciting announcements in our history: We’re moving our administrative headquarters to Dallas Farmers Market! We’re growing more excited every day about the upcoming move! The move will allow us to be right in the heart of North Texas, and put us close to our farmer friends who are great advocates to the fight against hunger. (Don’t worry though, we’re keeping our Cockrell Hill building that you all know and love to volunteer in!)

 
 
In all, 2014 was certainly a year to remember! Thank you to all those who joined us this year in the fight against hunger! We made amazing strides this year to end hunger in North Texas, which makes us even more excited for what 2015 will bring!

Together we can solve hunger!

 


See more photos from 2014:

 
As we wrap up 2014, the staff at NTFB thought it was fitting to recap some of our favorite moments of the year. It was tough to narrow the list down to just 14 moments, especially knowing ALL that was accomplished and ALL the records that were broken this year! We’re sure we missed some, so let us know your favorite NTFB moments in the comments and be sure to check out the slide show with more photos below!
 
14. Hunger Action Month  This September, as in Septembers past, we were astounded by the amount of support Hunger Action Month received in the North Texas community! Seeing the Reunion Tower and the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas (just to name a few) turn orange to support the fight against hunger is something none of us at NTFB will soon forget. We’re looking forward to HAM 2015!
 
13. Uber Food Drive – The huge transportation app, Uber reached out to us back in November with a proposal to partner on an awesome opportunity: They wanted to give their users the chance to request a driver right from the app to come pick up non-perishable food donations! In total, thanks to Uber and all of you, on December 4 more than 5,000 lbs. of food were collected to feed the hungry in our community in time for the holidays!
 
12. Launch of Kids Against Hunger  Kids in our community continue to amaze us with their enthusiasm to fight hunger! So in May, we launched Kids Against Hunger – a new volunteer experience specifically for kids in 2nd – 4th grades! It’s been a great opportunity for younger kids to learn about hunger, pack Food 4 Kids bags, and work on a craft that will help them spread the word about hunger! We’re excited to continue Kids Against Hunger in 2015!
 
state fair of texas 300x225 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014 11. State Fair of Texas canned food drive + CANstruction  The State Fair of Texas “It’s a Fair Deal” food drive is our largest food drive of the year. But 2014 blew other years out of the water! Thanks to all of you, 242,001 lbs. of food and drinks were donated to those in need in North Texas! And in addition, CANstruction Dallas took place at the State Fair this year! The engineers and architects who built the awesome can-structures collected more than 103,000 lbs. of food and $9,775 to feed hungry North Texans!
 
10. First Annual HARVEST – 2014 was a great year to unveil our newest signature event, HARVEST. The fun-filled and fabulous night in September was held at the newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market and included food from 18 chef stations from local restaurants! And with more than 500 guests, 84 auction items and $313,000 raised, it was a great success!
 
9. Dallas Theater Center “A Christmas Carol” standout year  We love our continued partnership with Dallas Theater Center! For the past several years, during each of their performances of “A Christmas Carol”, they collect monetary donations to help feed the hungry in North Texas. This year, they raised over $70,000 for the fight against hunger – more than in any year past! But they didn’t stop there: every year, including this year, the cast and crew also stopped by our Distribution Center for a volunteer shift!Dog 2 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014
 
8. The dogs that were rescued by NTFB staff  The staff at NTFB aren’t just passionate about fighting hunger, most of us are also avid pet lovers. And so, not once but twice in 2014, pets were rescued by NTFB staff! The first dog to come to us was found in a drain outside of our Dan Morton location. Our staff stopped at nothing to get the little guy out of there and to safety, feed him food that we had on hand thanks to our Food 4 Paws program, and promptly found him a home. The second dog was found at our Westmoreland office. He must have heard about our love for animals because he wouldn’t leave the shade he found by our office…. that is until one of our staff members adopted him!
 
7. Launch of Nourishing Neighbors - After seeing an increase in seniors needing food assistance, our team launched Nourishing Neighbors, a grocery-delivery program for home-bound seniors. NTFB volunteers now deliver several pounds of groceries and fresh produce every two weeks. And over the holidays, the seniors in the program received special Thanksgiving and Christmas deliveries!
 
6. Food 4 Kid – Plano Expansion – Many people don’t realize that there are kids in Plano who are food insecure. So we were excited when Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere joined us to not only acknowledge the need, but commit to do something about it. With his leadership, we’re working to feed the 1,800 chronically-hungry Plano kids through our Food 4 Kids program!
 
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5. Grand Opening of “Our Community Pantry” - Thanks to the support of so many community partners including St. Philip’s School and Community Center, in September we opened “Our Community Pantry” in South Dallas. More than 600 families in need in the Fair Park area now visit the pantry every month to receive fresh produce and other grocery items! This is a high-need area in our community, and so we have been so proud to see this pantry flourish.
 
4. A Million Meals raised on North Texas Giving Day – The task of raising enough funds to provide access to 1 Million Meals in just one day seemed at least a little daunting to us at NTFB. But not to all of you! From 6 a.m. to midnight on September 18, our supporters came together and donated $381,101 which equals 1,143,303 meals! All we can say is WOW!
 
3. Our Volunteers – So this isn’t exactly a particular moment, but we had far too many awesome volunteers in 2014 to leave you off this list! Approximately 32,000 volunteers worked with us to fight hunger in North Texas! Please know that we could NOT do the work we do to feed the hungry without your hearts and hands! Thanks to each one of you!
 

2. Huge Growth in Fresh Produce distribution  Like the Volunteers on this list, this isn’t exactly a moment, but distributing fresh produce was something that stood out to our staff over and over again when looking back on 2014. From our SNAP team distributing produce to people when they applied for SNAP benefits, to more produce being provided to our Summer Food Service Program sites, to the launch of Brighter Bites which brought 30+ lbs. of fresh produce to kids and their families during the school year, our team really focused on getting the most nutritious food to people who need it! IMG 0081 NTFBs Top 14 Moments in 2014

 
1. Dallas Farmers Market Announcement – In June, we unveiled one of our most exciting announcements in our history: We’re moving our administrative headquarters to Dallas Farmers Market! We’re growing more excited every day about the upcoming move! The move will allow us to be right in the heart of North Texas, and put us close to our farmer friends who are great advocates to the fight against hunger. (Don’t worry though, we’re keeping our Cockrell Hill building that you all know and love to volunteer in!)

 
 
In all, 2014 was certainly a year to remember! Thank you to all those who joined us this year in the fight against hunger! We made amazing strides this year to end hunger in North Texas, which makes us even more excited for what 2015 will bring!

Together we can solve hunger!

 


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December 14, 2014
by Brighter Bites team

1,800 Families Served through Brighter Bites Dallas

December 14, 2014
by Brighter Bites team

By Kristin Michalewicz, NTFB Brighter Bites Coordinator

After eight weeks of hard work and healthy eating, the Brighter Bites Dallas team has wrapped up our first fall semester!  Brighter Bites provided access to 30 pounds of fresh produce each week along with weekly nutrition education, recipes, and a fun food experience!  During the eight weeks, we were able to bring healthier choices to our families which had a significant impact in their homes, schools, and communities.  One mother of three and a weekly volunteer at John Q. Adams Elementary, Elizabeth Salazar, absolutely loved Brighter Bites and the positive influence it had on her family!

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Elizabeth & her family

Brighter Bites aims to feed with impact by providing access to fresh produce and increasing food literacy with fun and informative nutrition education materials.  Elizabeth was able to use the 30 pounds of produce, provided by NTFB, each week to make delicious and nutritious meals for her family.  She said, “With the fresh produce I received, I can cook for my whole family and everybody is happy!”  With three growing children, Elizabeth was able to stretch her weekly grocery budget to ensure her kids had nutritious meals and full bellies.

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Cheese Stuffed Zucchini that Elizabeth made

 

NTFB and Brighter Bites impacted 1,800 families this semester, in a total of nine Dallas schools!  Each week, together NTFB and Brighter Bites distributed 54,000 pounds of fresh produce to our 1,800 families; throughout the whole semester, that totaled 432,000 pounds of freshness, crispiness, and crunchiness!

Elizabeth puts it best, saying: “The program is awesome because it’s nice to help and be helped at the same time!”  We can’t wait to get back in the swing of things and bring more color and crunch to our families in the spring of 2015!

 

By Kristin Michalewicz, NTFB Brighter Bites Coordinator

After eight weeks of hard work and healthy eating, the Brighter Bites Dallas team has wrapped up our first fall semester!  Brighter Bites provided access to 30 pounds of fresh produce each week along with weekly nutrition education, recipes, and a fun food experience!  During the eight weeks, we were able to bring healthier choices to our families which had a significant impact in their homes, schools, and communities.  One mother of three and a weekly volunteer at John Q. Adams Elementary, Elizabeth Salazar, absolutely loved Brighter Bites and the positive influence it had on her family!

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Elizabeth & her family

Brighter Bites aims to feed with impact by providing access to fresh produce and increasing food literacy with fun and informative nutrition education materials.  Elizabeth was able to use the 30 pounds of produce, provided by NTFB, each week to make delicious and nutritious meals for her family.  She said, “With the fresh produce I received, I can cook for my whole family and everybody is happy!”  With three growing children, Elizabeth was able to stretch her weekly grocery budget to ensure her kids had nutritious meals and full bellies.

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Cheese Stuffed Zucchini that Elizabeth made

 

NTFB and Brighter Bites impacted 1,800 families this semester, in a total of nine Dallas schools!  Each week, together NTFB and Brighter Bites distributed 54,000 pounds of fresh produce to our 1,800 families; throughout the whole semester, that totaled 432,000 pounds of freshness, crispiness, and crunchiness!

Elizabeth puts it best, saying: “The program is awesome because it’s nice to help and be helped at the same time!”  We can’t wait to get back in the swing of things and bring more color and crunch to our families in the spring of 2015!

 


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December 11, 2014
by Kat Lindholm

Eating Tips for the Holidays

December 11, 2014
by Kat Lindholm

by Katherine Lindholm, RD, Nutrition Services Manager
 
The holidays are here, and with the fun comes the challenges of eating healthfully in the midst of snacks, holiday cookies, casseroles, and much more! Check out some ways to keep those pounds off while still enjoying the foods that make the holidays memorable.
 
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5 Ways to Fight Holiday Pounds
1. Use smaller plates.You can always go back to get seconds, but it will be a conscious decision as opposed to mindless eating.
2. Eat breakfast. Don’t save your appetite for the holiday dinner.
3. Exercise. Play your own game of football instead of watching it on TV.
4. Put away the food after meals. This reduces the temptation to keep eating.
5. Enjoy your food…slowly. Sit down and take time to appreciate your meal (and those sharing the meal!). Savor each bite.
 
 
Healthful Holiday Foods
Holiday foods may have a bad reputation, but they are not all bad for your health! As you give presents to those you love, think of what food can give you this holiday season! Focus on finding nutrient dense holiday foods, including:

- Nuts: protein, healthy fats, fiber
- Sweet Potatoes: vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, fiber
- Green Beans: vitamin A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron
- Pumpkins: vitamin A, fiber, low in calories and fat (unless added)
- Turkey: lean protein (pass on the skin)
 
On behalf of the Nutrition Services Team and NTFB, thank you for your support of the fight against hunger in North Texas! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! May you have every nutrient you need, and may they all be delicious!

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Food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand, so the North Texas Food Bank works to take health and nutrition into consideration while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. NTFB’s Nutrition Services team ensures that feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach familes, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget.

by Katherine Lindholm, RD, Nutrition Services Manager
 
The holidays are here, and with the fun comes the challenges of eating healthfully in the midst of snacks, holiday cookies, casseroles, and much more! Check out some ways to keep those pounds off while still enjoying the foods that make the holidays memorable.
 
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5 Ways to Fight Holiday Pounds
1. Use smaller plates.You can always go back to get seconds, but it will be a conscious decision as opposed to mindless eating.
2. Eat breakfast. Don’t save your appetite for the holiday dinner.
3. Exercise. Play your own game of football instead of watching it on TV.
4. Put away the food after meals. This reduces the temptation to keep eating.
5. Enjoy your food…slowly. Sit down and take time to appreciate your meal (and those sharing the meal!). Savor each bite.
 
 
Healthful Holiday Foods
Holiday foods may have a bad reputation, but they are not all bad for your health! As you give presents to those you love, think of what food can give you this holiday season! Focus on finding nutrient dense holiday foods, including:

- Nuts: protein, healthy fats, fiber
- Sweet Potatoes: vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, fiber
- Green Beans: vitamin A, C, K, manganese, potassium, folate, iron
- Pumpkins: vitamin A, fiber, low in calories and fat (unless added)
- Turkey: lean protein (pass on the skin)
 
On behalf of the Nutrition Services Team and NTFB, thank you for your support of the fight against hunger in North Texas! We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season! May you have every nutrient you need, and may they all be delicious!

Holiday 4 Eating Tips for the Holidays


Food insecurity and health issues often go hand-in-hand, so the North Texas Food Bank works to take health and nutrition into consideration while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. NTFB’s Nutrition Services team ensures that feeding programs take the nutritional needs of our clients into account. In addition to providing access to nutritious foods, NTFB also works to teach familes, individuals and children about eating nutritiously on a budget.


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December 08, 2014
by Diana Carranza

Ask Congress to pass Charitable Tax Extenders

December 08, 2014
by Diana Carranza


Call your representatives to help us get more food on the table for hungry North Texans!

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NTFB and hunger relief organizations across the country need your voice to persuade Congress to take action and maintain charitable tax extenders.

The session is nearly over, but we need Congress to keep food donation tax deductions and other charitable tax provisions. These charitable tax extenders will make a significant impact on our ability to secure more food, particularly produce.

Help us by calling Congress today and tomorrow and spreading this action alert with your local networks.

Calling Congress is easy!  Here’s how:

1. Just dial Feeding America’s toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
2. Once you are connected to your senator, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
3. Let them know you are calling about food donation tax legislation and deliver this important message:

As your constituent and a supporter of the North Texas Food Bank, I am calling you today to ask you to pass the charitable tax extenders before Congress adjourns for the year.  This legislation would help ensure our food bank has the food and the funds needed to continue supporting those in need in our community.

Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.

You can make a difference for hungry children and families in North Texas, amplify our reach and spread the word about this initiative via social media.

Thank you for supporting the North Texas Food Bank and the clients we serve.


Call your representatives to help us get more food on the table for hungry North Texans!

Charitable Tax Extenders1 Ask Congress to pass Charitable Tax Extenders

NTFB and hunger relief organizations across the country need your voice to persuade Congress to take action and maintain charitable tax extenders.

The session is nearly over, but we need Congress to keep food donation tax deductions and other charitable tax provisions. These charitable tax extenders will make a significant impact on our ability to secure more food, particularly produce.

Help us by calling Congress today and tomorrow and spreading this action alert with your local networks.

Calling Congress is easy!  Here’s how:

1. Just dial Feeding America’s toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
2. Once you are connected to your senator, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
3. Let them know you are calling about food donation tax legislation and deliver this important message:

As your constituent and a supporter of the North Texas Food Bank, I am calling you today to ask you to pass the charitable tax extenders before Congress adjourns for the year.  This legislation would help ensure our food bank has the food and the funds needed to continue supporting those in need in our community.

Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.

You can make a difference for hungry children and families in North Texas, amplify our reach and spread the word about this initiative via social media.

Thank you for supporting the North Texas Food Bank and the clients we serve.


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