December 13, 2018
by ntfbadmin

The Frontlines of Fighting Hunger

December 13, 2018
by ntfbadmin

As the sun begins to rise in North Texas, there is a child waking up with a rumbling stomach who may not have had a meal since her school lunch the day before.

As the first light of day shines through his window, a senior may be faced with the difficult choice of spending his hard-earned pension on medication or groceries for the week.

As a new day breaks, a parent may already be on the way to her first of two jobs, to ensure that she is able to feed her family the nutritious food they need.

Thankfully, before dawn, the people and the partners at the North Texas Food Bank are already hard at work to ensure that those who are hungry in our community have access to the nutritious food that will help them thrive.  My alarm buzzed earlier than usual this morning so I could be a part of this activity. We often talk about those on the “frontlines” of fighting hunger, and today I got to witness them in action.

It was still dark outside when I pulled into the parking lot this morning at the NTFB’ s Perot Family Campus, yet several drivers had already started their daily miles. While some were off to pick up donated food from one of our many retail partners, others were working with the NTFB warehouse staff to load thousands of pounds of food on semi-trailers and bobtail trucks for the first route of the day. During any given week, more than one million pounds of food move through the Food Bank’s Feeding Network. And to think all this happened before I had even had my first cup of coffee.

On the Road

I was fortunate to be able to ride along with NTFB driver Vaughn, who has been delivering hope to our hungry neighbors for five years now. Once the semi-trailer was loaded, we set out on Vaughn’s Thursday route to Grayson County, which included two stops- one in Denison and one in Sherman.  Grayson is one of the 13 counties served by the NTFB and 17.9% of its population is considered food insecure.

I didn’t know much about Grayson County before today, but I now know how passionate members of the community are about serving the most vulnerable among them.  New Beginning Fellowship Church, which has a food pantry on site that feeds 50 families every Monday, was the site of our first drop off.  Many other agencies were also waiting with trucks and trailers to receive much-needed items like milk, eggs, turkey dinners for the holidays and more.  Among them were volunteers from Jack and Jill Daycare, which feeds 47 children and their families on a weekly basis, and Your Neighbors House, which provided nourishment to 267 families last month. How humbling it was to see these volunteers from various agencies work together to divide up the delivery and load each other’s vehicles. It was a reminder that it takes all of us at the table, working together, to address this issue of food insecurity in our own backyards.

The same picture unfolded in Sherman, where an equally passionate group of hunger fighters were waiting when we pulled up in the parking lot of Westwood Village, a strip shopping center.  Here I got to meet people from the Salvation Army, Master Key Ministries and Feed My Sheep, an organization that twice a month provides meals to 45 families, one which has 15 members.

While some of these agencies serve many and some serve fewer, it is evident they all serve with heart. And they all are part of the NTFB’s mission to close the hunger gap by providing 92M meals by the year 2025.

The Fuel

Many have asked me how I am enjoying my new role at the NTFB and what I have learned. It is hard to put into words the range of emotions I feel on a daily basis, which can swing from great pride to overwhelming sadness to a clear sense of purpose in a single moment. Hunger is a complex issue and I assume the complicated feelings are natural, especially when you look at the statistics of food insecurity in our region—800,000 people do not necessarily know from where their next meal will come. One in four children in Dallas are food insecure.  The one feeling I can consistently point to is this—nobody deserves to be hungry. Witnessing the activity this morning of so many, who are collectively working to ensure those who are hungry have food, brings me great optimism.

The ride back to the NTFB gave me the opportunity to ask the same question of my colleague Vaughn. What about this work does he enjoy?  Vaughn had no problem articulating his response. “Because I like helping people and it feels good doing it,” he shared.

Yes, it does feel good and our work has purpose which is why we have a warehouse buzzing with activity before morning alarms start to go off around North Texas. It is why the NTFB starts each day with a clear vision for a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

-Erica Yaeger, Chief External Affairs Officer, North Texas Food Bank

As the sun begins to rise in North Texas, there is a child waking up with a rumbling stomach who may not have had a meal since her school lunch the day before.

As the first light of day shines through his window, a senior may be faced with the difficult choice of spending his hard-earned pension on medication or groceries for the week.

As a new day breaks, a parent may already be on the way to her first of two jobs, to ensure that she is able to feed her family the nutritious food they need.

Thankfully, before dawn, the people and the partners at the North Texas Food Bank are already hard at work to ensure that those who are hungry in our community have access to the nutritious food that will help them thrive.  My alarm buzzed earlier than usual this morning so I could be a part of this activity. We often talk about those on the “frontlines” of fighting hunger, and today I got to witness them in action.

It was still dark outside when I pulled into the parking lot this morning at the NTFB’ s Perot Family Campus, yet several drivers had already started their daily miles. While some were off to pick up donated food from one of our many retail partners, others were working with the NTFB warehouse staff to load thousands of pounds of food on semi-trailers and bobtail trucks for the first route of the day. During any given week, more than one million pounds of food move through the Food Bank’s Feeding Network. And to think all this happened before I had even had my first cup of coffee.

On the Road

I was fortunate to be able to ride along with NTFB driver Vaughn, who has been delivering hope to our hungry neighbors for five years now. Once the semi-trailer was loaded, we set out on Vaughn’s Thursday route to Grayson County, which included two stops- one in Denison and one in Sherman.  Grayson is one of the 13 counties served by the NTFB and 17.9% of its population is considered food insecure.

I didn’t know much about Grayson County before today, but I now know how passionate members of the community are about serving the most vulnerable among them.  New Beginning Fellowship Church, which has a food pantry on site that feeds 50 families every Monday, was the site of our first drop off.  Many other agencies were also waiting with trucks and trailers to receive much-needed items like milk, eggs, turkey dinners for the holidays and more.  Among them were volunteers from Jack and Jill Daycare, which feeds 47 children and their families on a weekly basis, and Your Neighbors House, which provided nourishment to 267 families last month. How humbling it was to see these volunteers from various agencies work together to divide up the delivery and load each other’s vehicles. It was a reminder that it takes all of us at the table, working together, to address this issue of food insecurity in our own backyards.

The same picture unfolded in Sherman, where an equally passionate group of hunger fighters were waiting when we pulled up in the parking lot of Westwood Village, a strip shopping center.  Here I got to meet people from the Salvation Army, Master Key Ministries and Feed My Sheep, an organization that twice a month provides meals to 45 families, one which has 15 members.

While some of these agencies serve many and some serve fewer, it is evident they all serve with heart. And they all are part of the NTFB’s mission to close the hunger gap by providing 92M meals by the year 2025.

The Fuel

Many have asked me how I am enjoying my new role at the NTFB and what I have learned. It is hard to put into words the range of emotions I feel on a daily basis, which can swing from great pride to overwhelming sadness to a clear sense of purpose in a single moment. Hunger is a complex issue and I assume the complicated feelings are natural, especially when you look at the statistics of food insecurity in our region—800,000 people do not necessarily know from where their next meal will come. One in four children in Dallas are food insecure.  The one feeling I can consistently point to is this—nobody deserves to be hungry. Witnessing the activity this morning of so many, who are collectively working to ensure those who are hungry have food, brings me great optimism.

The ride back to the NTFB gave me the opportunity to ask the same question of my colleague Vaughn. What about this work does he enjoy?  Vaughn had no problem articulating his response. “Because I like helping people and it feels good doing it,” he shared.

Yes, it does feel good and our work has purpose which is why we have a warehouse buzzing with activity before morning alarms start to go off around North Texas. It is why the NTFB starts each day with a clear vision for a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

-Erica Yaeger, Chief External Affairs Officer, North Texas Food Bank


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November 26, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Kiss Hunger Goodbye

November 26, 2018
by Andrea Urbina


Calling all couples! Pucker up and join Jingle Bell Mistletoe on Sunday, December 2nd, at Klyde Warren Park to be part of a Guinness World Records attempt to “kiss hunger goodbye.” $25 entry per couple includes mistletoe and a chance to be part of the record for Most Couples Kissing Under Mistletoe (single location). All proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

There will be an Official Guinness World Records Judge onsite.

Special guests include emcees Meredith Land, co-anchor of NBC 5 News, Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO of NTFB, and DJ Lucy Wrubel, who will keep the festivities lively.

Special thanks to Southwest Kia, Royal Blue Grocery, Klyde Warren Park and Smart City Apartments for making this record-breaking attempt possible.

Festivities Timeline

1:00PM Gates Open

1:45PM All registered participants must be in line to be guaranteed admission

2:00PM: It’s time to KISS!

**Please note that in order to secure the Guinness World Record, the kiss must be maintained for a minimum of 5 seconds and the lips must be touching. One individual in each couple must hold a sprig of real mistletoe aloft over the heads of their partner and themselves.

2:15PM: Our onsite Guinness World Records judge will award the record if the attempt is a success

2:15 PM – 3PM Celebration and Tunes with DJ Lucy Wrubel

FAQs

Who is Jingle Bell Mistletoe?

Jingle Bell Mistletoe is a group of friends who sell mistletoe during the holidays to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank, to feed hungry families in their community. They have raised over $158,000 in the past four years feeding over 473,000. This year they have a goal of raising $70,000 for NTFB.

Can’t attend, but want to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank?

We’ll miss you, but greatly appreciate your generosity! Every $1 donated equals 3 meals for our hungry neighbors in North Texas. All donations can be made here.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All participants must be 18 years or older. Please be prepared to show your ID. Unfortunately, no children will be allowed into the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Klyde Warren Park has many wonderful parking options. To learn more, please visit their site.

Are there restrooms?

Yes! Klyde Warren Park has public restrooms for all park users in the building with the Relish kiosk.

**Please note that due to the logistics of counting all participants that once you enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area there will be minimal ability to exit the barricades until after the kiss attempt.

Can I enter without my partner?

No. Both partners must be present to enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

Can I bring my pet?

Due to the layout of the event, pets will not be allowed to enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

Can I come if I don’t purchase a ticket?

Absolutely! We’ll have a space for those wanting to cheer on those participating in our Guinness World Records mistletoe kiss attempt.

Will there be walk-up tickets available?

If space is available, a limited amount will be on sale for $35 on site.

What if it rains?

We will smooch rain or shine.


Calling all couples! Pucker up and join Jingle Bell Mistletoe on Sunday, December 2nd, at Klyde Warren Park to be part of a Guinness World Records attempt to “kiss hunger goodbye.” $25 entry per couple includes mistletoe and a chance to be part of the record for Most Couples Kissing Under Mistletoe (single location). All proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

There will be an Official Guinness World Records Judge onsite.

Special guests include emcees Meredith Land, co-anchor of NBC 5 News, Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO of NTFB, and DJ Lucy Wrubel, who will keep the festivities lively.

Special thanks to Southwest Kia, Royal Blue Grocery, Klyde Warren Park and Smart City Apartments for making this record-breaking attempt possible.

Festivities Timeline

1:00PM Gates Open

1:45PM All registered participants must be in line to be guaranteed admission

2:00PM: It’s time to KISS!

**Please note that in order to secure the Guinness World Record, the kiss must be maintained for a minimum of 5 seconds and the lips must be touching. One individual in each couple must hold a sprig of real mistletoe aloft over the heads of their partner and themselves.

2:15PM: Our onsite Guinness World Records judge will award the record if the attempt is a success

2:15 PM – 3PM Celebration and Tunes with DJ Lucy Wrubel

FAQs

Who is Jingle Bell Mistletoe?

Jingle Bell Mistletoe is a group of friends who sell mistletoe during the holidays to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank, to feed hungry families in their community. They have raised over $158,000 in the past four years feeding over 473,000. This year they have a goal of raising $70,000 for NTFB.

Can’t attend, but want to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank?

We’ll miss you, but greatly appreciate your generosity! Every $1 donated equals 3 meals for our hungry neighbors in North Texas. All donations can be made here.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All participants must be 18 years or older. Please be prepared to show your ID. Unfortunately, no children will be allowed into the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Klyde Warren Park has many wonderful parking options. To learn more, please visit their site.

Are there restrooms?

Yes! Klyde Warren Park has public restrooms for all park users in the building with the Relish kiosk.

**Please note that due to the logistics of counting all participants that once you enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area there will be minimal ability to exit the barricades until after the kiss attempt.

Can I enter without my partner?

No. Both partners must be present to enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

Can I bring my pet?

Due to the layout of the event, pets will not be allowed to enter the secure Guinness World Records attempt area.

Can I come if I don’t purchase a ticket?

Absolutely! We’ll have a space for those wanting to cheer on those participating in our Guinness World Records mistletoe kiss attempt.

Will there be walk-up tickets available?

If space is available, a limited amount will be on sale for $35 on site.

What if it rains?

We will smooch rain or shine.


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November 09, 2018
by ntfbadmin

The Kids of Jingle Bell Mistletoe Win BIG

November 09, 2018
by ntfbadmin

Stella, Quinn, Trevor and Isabella, more commonly known as the Mistelecrew took home top youth honors at The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Awards. This spirited foursome are the minds behind Jingle Bell Mistletoe an annual fundraiser that kicks off the holiday season with the sale of decorated mistletoe

The Mistlecrew post alongside event emcee Scott Murray at the 2018 The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Awards

to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.  Each year, the kids work harder and dream BIGGER. Their dedication to the Food Bank was the catalyst for their nomination to the AFP’s Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy category.

The Mistlecrew was awarded the honor on November 9th 2018 at a celebration at the Grand Hyatt. The AFP Awards Coincide with National Philanthropy Day.

The members of the Mistlecrew are in the 7th grade. At this young age, they prove that the ability to give back lives in all of us. Thanks to their support of the NTFB, they have already put more than 300,000 meals on the table for hungry North Texas children, families and seniors.

On the heels of this award, the Mistlecrew shows no signs of slowing down; in fact they have launched an ambitious effort to break a Guinness World Record for most people kissing under the mistletoe. Set at Klyde Warren Park on December 2nd, proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Visit  ntfb.org/mistletoe to get your tickets!

Stella, Quinn, Trevor and Isabella, more commonly known as the Mistelecrew took home top youth honors at The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Awards. This spirited foursome are the minds behind Jingle Bell Mistletoe an annual fundraiser that kicks off the holiday season with the sale of decorated mistletoe

The Mistlecrew post alongside event emcee Scott Murray at the 2018 The Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Awards

to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.  Each year, the kids work harder and dream BIGGER. Their dedication to the Food Bank was the catalyst for their nomination to the AFP’s Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy category.

The Mistlecrew was awarded the honor on November 9th 2018 at a celebration at the Grand Hyatt. The AFP Awards Coincide with National Philanthropy Day.

The members of the Mistlecrew are in the 7th grade. At this young age, they prove that the ability to give back lives in all of us. Thanks to their support of the NTFB, they have already put more than 300,000 meals on the table for hungry North Texas children, families and seniors.

On the heels of this award, the Mistlecrew shows no signs of slowing down; in fact they have launched an ambitious effort to break a Guinness World Record for most people kissing under the mistletoe. Set at Klyde Warren Park on December 2nd, proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Visit  ntfb.org/mistletoe to get your tickets!


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November 05, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive

November 05, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

The North Texas Food Bank is honored to have partnered with the City of Plano and Mayor LaRosiliere for the 5th annual Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive.

The reason peanut butter was chosen for the drive is that it is an excellent source of protein, it’s kid friendly, has a long shelf-life and is also one of the most requested and least donated items for food banks. Mayor LaRosiliere stated, “By donating a jar of peanut butter, you’re helping someone in your community, people that you might even know and that you just don’t realize are in that situation. So thank you for making the difference.”

It is shocking that over 130,000 people in Collin County, 44,000 of which are children, are going hungry. Food insecurity does not just impact those that go through hunger, it impacts our entire community. When the North Texas Food Bank first partnered with Plano Mayor LaRosiliere in 2014, the Mayor wanted to help raise awareness surrounding the issue of hunger, especially in children. He pitched the idea of hosting a peanut butter drive with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds. That first year, we collected just over 4,500 pounds.

Now in our 5th year of collecting peanut butter, Mayor LaRosiliere and the City of Plano set an ambitious goal of collecting 50,000 pounds of peanut butter, and we are thrilled to announce that 77,810 pounds were gathered!

We are amazed at the generosity of those in Collin County, and the surrounding areas. We are grateful that the City of Plano, Mayor LaRosiliere, and everyone who donated to the drive care as much as we do about closing the hunger gap here in North Texas. As we reflect on the hard work put into this year’s Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive, we look forward to the 6th annual drive, and getting closer to creating a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

 

The North Texas Food Bank is honored to have partnered with the City of Plano and Mayor LaRosiliere for the 5th annual Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive.

The reason peanut butter was chosen for the drive is that it is an excellent source of protein, it’s kid friendly, has a long shelf-life and is also one of the most requested and least donated items for food banks. Mayor LaRosiliere stated, “By donating a jar of peanut butter, you’re helping someone in your community, people that you might even know and that you just don’t realize are in that situation. So thank you for making the difference.”

It is shocking that over 130,000 people in Collin County, 44,000 of which are children, are going hungry. Food insecurity does not just impact those that go through hunger, it impacts our entire community. When the North Texas Food Bank first partnered with Plano Mayor LaRosiliere in 2014, the Mayor wanted to help raise awareness surrounding the issue of hunger, especially in children. He pitched the idea of hosting a peanut butter drive with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds. That first year, we collected just over 4,500 pounds.

Now in our 5th year of collecting peanut butter, Mayor LaRosiliere and the City of Plano set an ambitious goal of collecting 50,000 pounds of peanut butter, and we are thrilled to announce that 77,810 pounds were gathered!

We are amazed at the generosity of those in Collin County, and the surrounding areas. We are grateful that the City of Plano, Mayor LaRosiliere, and everyone who donated to the drive care as much as we do about closing the hunger gap here in North Texas. As we reflect on the hard work put into this year’s Spreading Hope Peanut Butter Drive, we look forward to the 6th annual drive, and getting closer to creating a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

 

 


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October 23, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club Helps Tackle Hunger

October 23, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club recently teamed up with the North Texas Food Bank to help tackle hunger during a volunteer shift at the Perot Family Campus. The Rookie Club program, presented by Essilor Vision Foundation, introduces the newest members of the Dallas Cowboys to the importance of giving back to the North Texas community. The North Texas Food Bank relies on 34,000 volunteers annually to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals each day.

Never far from a friendly competition, the Rookie players divided into two teams, battling to see which team could pack the most boxes of food. Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch might be one of NTFB’s tallest hunger fighters, measuring 6-feet-4-inches, and after packing 200 boxes together with his rookie teammates, Vander Esch’s commitment to the North Texas Food Bank team stood strong.

“I don’t think anything can be better than doing something like this for the community around you, and hunger is a big deal,” said Vander Esch. “You don’t want anybody to go hungry.”

The Dallas Cowboys have been an NTFB partner since 2005 with the inception of Taste of the Cowboys. Featuring gourmet tailgate food stations from North Texas’ most acclaimed restaurants and chefs alongside past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and live entertainment, this special event directly benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Over the last fourteen years, Taste of the Cowboys has raised nearly $4 million dollars and has provided more than 11 million meals for our food insecure neighbors in North Texas.

Most recently the Dallas Cowboys expanded their hunger-fighting efforts to include the first annual Restaurant Week at The Star in Frisco, running September 17 through October 14 and featuring specialty menus at 14 restaurants.

 

To join the Dallas Cowboys in tackling hunger in North Texas, visit: www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Save the date for Taste of the Cowboys 2019: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Star in Frisco.

The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Club recently teamed up with the North Texas Food Bank to help tackle hunger during a volunteer shift at the Perot Family Campus. The Rookie Club program, presented by Essilor Vision Foundation, introduces the newest members of the Dallas Cowboys to the importance of giving back to the North Texas community. The North Texas Food Bank relies on 34,000 volunteers annually to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals each day.

Never far from a friendly competition, the Rookie players divided into two teams, battling to see which team could pack the most boxes of food. Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch might be one of NTFB’s tallest hunger fighters, measuring 6-feet-4-inches, and after packing 200 boxes together with his rookie teammates, Vander Esch’s commitment to the North Texas Food Bank team stood strong.

“I don’t think anything can be better than doing something like this for the community around you, and hunger is a big deal,” said Vander Esch. “You don’t want anybody to go hungry.”

The Dallas Cowboys have been an NTFB partner since 2005 with the inception of Taste of the Cowboys. Featuring gourmet tailgate food stations from North Texas’ most acclaimed restaurants and chefs alongside past and present Dallas Cowboys players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and live entertainment, this special event directly benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Over the last fourteen years, Taste of the Cowboys has raised nearly $4 million dollars and has provided more than 11 million meals for our food insecure neighbors in North Texas.

Most recently the Dallas Cowboys expanded their hunger-fighting efforts to include the first annual Restaurant Week at The Star in Frisco, running September 17 through October 14 and featuring specialty menus at 14 restaurants.

 

To join the Dallas Cowboys in tackling hunger in North Texas, visit: www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Save the date for Taste of the Cowboys 2019: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Star in Frisco.


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October 02, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

Five Can’t Miss Items at the 2018 Texas State Fair

October 02, 2018
by Andrea Urbina

1. The Discounts

Beat the crowds and the prices this year with the It’s a Fair Deal Canned Food Drive! Every Wednesday at the Texas State Fair, bring 4 cans of shelf-stable food and receive a discounted admission of $4.00 sponsored by Kroger! Not only will you have a great day at the fair, but you’ll also be helping to feed our hungry neighbors in North Texas!

2. The Food

While corny dogs and funnel cakes may be your go-to, don’t be afraid to branch out this year! New and award-winning treats you can find on the grounds include Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions, Arroz con Leche by the Garza Family, and Cotton Candy Tacos by Justin and Rudy Martinez.

3. The Rides

Step right up to one of the 70 rides at the Texas State Fair! Among the most popular attractions at the state fair is the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Standing at 212 feet, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Dallas skyline. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you’re in luck! Just a few of the most popular thrill options include The AirMax, The Flipper, and the Rock it.

4. The Entertainment

There are 24 free concerts at the Texas State Fair this year! Whether you like pop, country, or hip hop, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love. Headliners range from Aaron Watson (October 6 at 8:30 p.m.), Austin Mahone (October 7 at 5:30 p.m.), and Ludacris (October 13 at 8:30 p.m.).

5. Big Tex

You literally can’t miss Big Tex at the Texas State Fair. Standing at 55 feet tall, Big Tex welcomes you to the fair with a friendly, “Howdy, folks!” He’s been a staple since the fair opened more than 60 years ago, and after all, if you don’t get a selfie with Big Tex, did you even go to the fair?

 

We can’t wait to see you at the fair this year!

www.ntfb.org


 

1. The Discounts

Beat the crowds and the prices this year with the It’s a Fair Deal Canned Food Drive! Every Wednesday at the Texas State Fair, bring 4 cans of shelf-stable food and receive a discounted admission of $4.00 sponsored by Kroger! Not only will you have a great day at the fair, but you’ll also be helping to feed our hungry neighbors in North Texas!

2. The Food

While corny dogs and funnel cakes may be your go-to, don’t be afraid to branch out this year! New and award-winning treats you can find on the grounds include Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce by Winter Family Concessions, Arroz con Leche by the Garza Family, and Cotton Candy Tacos by Justin and Rudy Martinez.

3. The Rides

Step right up to one of the 70 rides at the Texas State Fair! Among the most popular attractions at the state fair is the Texas Star Ferris Wheel. Standing at 212 feet, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Dallas skyline. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you’re in luck! Just a few of the most popular thrill options include The AirMax, The Flipper, and the Rock it.

4. The Entertainment

There are 24 free concerts at the Texas State Fair this year! Whether you like pop, country, or hip hop, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love. Headliners range from Aaron Watson (October 6 at 8:30 p.m.), Austin Mahone (October 7 at 5:30 p.m.), and Ludacris (October 13 at 8:30 p.m.).

5. Big Tex

You literally can’t miss Big Tex at the Texas State Fair. Standing at 55 feet tall, Big Tex welcomes you to the fair with a friendly, “Howdy, folks!” He’s been a staple since the fair opened more than 60 years ago, and after all, if you don’t get a selfie with Big Tex, did you even go to the fair?

 

We can’t wait to see you at the fair this year!

www.ntfb.org


 


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September 13, 2018
by Liana Solis

Help Us Fight Hunger During Hunger Action Month!

September 13, 2018
by Liana Solis

 

The North Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and is dedicated to supporting the nutritional needs of children, seniors and families through education and partnerships. Our organization distributes donated and purchased food across 13 diverse North Texas counties via a Feeding Network made up of more than of 200 Partner Agencies. Last year, we were able to provide access to almost 72 million nutritious meals to those in need thanks to the support of a generous community.

While most people associate hunger with the holiday season, our team knows that hunger is a year-round issue. That’s why we are proud to mobilize the community during the month of September for Hunger Action Month. In fact, September 13 is National Hunger Action Day. Here are three ways you can give back in September in support of Hunger Action Month.

 

  1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to any organization. If you’re finding that you have extra time on your hands, why not do something good by giving to those in need? Feeding America is always looking for volunteers and would love your support in providing food to the hungry here in the North Texas area via the North Texas Food Bank! There are many ways you can volunteer your time with us such as helping at Our Community Pantry, volunteering at our new Perot Family Campus in Plano, helping at a mobile pantry, helping with our Nourishing Neighbors program, aiding our nutrition services, volunteering at a local school pantry, or even helping with administrative projects. Your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life, so if you have a few extra hours in September, come help us provide some hope to those in need.

 

  1. Organize a Food Drive

By participating in a food drive, you can ensure that our hungry neighbors have the nutritious foods they need to thrive. These efforts also help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Did you know that there are more than 800,000 people in North Texas that are food insecure? You can help fight hunger in our community by holding your own food drive at your office, church, neighborhood center or local school. Keep your participants engaged by making it a contest to see who can collect the most food or set up a 5K event and encourage attendees to donate food. You can do all of this by creating your food drive and fundraising event online, making it easier to promote the event and get the word out on social media! At the Food Bank, we are working to transform North Texas one meal at a time and you can get involved too!

 

  1. Donate

The Food Bank has a bold plan to close the hunger gap and provide 92 million meals by 2025 — in order to do this we need your help! Food and funds will help us reach this goal. In fact, for every dollar donated to NTFB, we are able to provide access to three nutritious meals. Along with other members of Feeding America we can’t do any of this without your help. Learnhow a simple donation can make a difference and what you can do to help this month.

 

  1.  Advocate

In addition to organizing a food drive or volunteering, raising awareness about the issue of hunger is critical. Feeding America’s Food Banks and the neighbors they serve rely on food and funds received through federal programs. Advocating for our mission is important and will directly impact our ability to serve hungry neighbors in a positive way. Be sure to check out information about advocacy and how you can make a difference.

 

Join us this Hunger Action Month to help make a difference to hungry neighbors in our community! Visit ntfb.org/HAM for more ways to get involved.

 

 

 

The North Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and is dedicated to supporting the nutritional needs of children, seniors and families through education and partnerships. Our organization distributes donated and purchased food across 13 diverse North Texas counties via a Feeding Network made up of more than of 200 Partner Agencies. Last year, we were able to provide access to almost 72 million nutritious meals to those in need thanks to the support of a generous community.

While most people associate hunger with the holiday season, our team knows that hunger is a year-round issue. That’s why we are proud to mobilize the community during the month of September for Hunger Action Month. In fact, September 13 is National Hunger Action Day. Here are three ways you can give back in September in support of Hunger Action Month.

 

  1. Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to any organization. If you’re finding that you have extra time on your hands, why not do something good by giving to those in need? Feeding America is always looking for volunteers and would love your support in providing food to the hungry here in the North Texas area via the North Texas Food Bank! There are many ways you can volunteer your time with us such as helping at Our Community Pantry, volunteering at our new Perot Family Campus in Plano, helping at a mobile pantry, helping with our Nourishing Neighbors program, aiding our nutrition services, volunteering at a local school pantry, or even helping with administrative projects. Your time can make a huge difference in someone else’s life, so if you have a few extra hours in September, come help us provide some hope to those in need.

 

  1. Organize a Food Drive

By participating in a food drive, you can ensure that our hungry neighbors have the nutritious foods they need to thrive. These efforts also help us raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Did you know that there are more than 800,000 people in North Texas that are food insecure? You can help fight hunger in our community by holding your own food drive at your office, church, neighborhood center or local school. Keep your participants engaged by making it a contest to see who can collect the most food or set up a 5K event and encourage attendees to donate food. You can do all of this by creating your food drive and fundraising event online, making it easier to promote the event and get the word out on social media! At the Food Bank, we are working to transform North Texas one meal at a time and you can get involved too!

 

  1. Donate

The Food Bank has a bold plan to close the hunger gap and provide 92 million meals by 2025 — in order to do this we need your help! Food and funds will help us reach this goal. In fact, for every dollar donated to NTFB, we are able to provide access to three nutritious meals. Along with other members of Feeding America we can’t do any of this without your help. Learnhow a simple donation can make a difference and what you can do to help this month.

 

  1.  Advocate

In addition to organizing a food drive or volunteering, raising awareness about the issue of hunger is critical. Feeding America’s Food Banks and the neighbors they serve rely on food and funds received through federal programs. Advocating for our mission is important and will directly impact our ability to serve hungry neighbors in a positive way. Be sure to check out information about advocacy and how you can make a difference.

 

Join us this Hunger Action Month to help make a difference to hungry neighbors in our community! Visit ntfb.org/HAM for more ways to get involved.

 

 


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August 24, 2018
by ntfbadmin

Welcoming Brad Stewart to the North Texas Food Bank Family

August 24, 2018
by ntfbadmin

Stewart joins the NTFB Executive Team as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer

There are a lot of exciting changes at the North Texas Food Bank: including opening the doors of our beautiful new Perot Family Campus in Plano! As we look to engage the community from our new home, the Food Bank Executive Team is elated to announce another new addition: Brad Stewart who will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Stewart is no stranger to operations, processes or technology. Prior to joining our team, he enjoyed an illustrious career, most recently at Microsoft.

We sat down with our new Chief Operating Officer to learn more about his passion for service and his thoughts on the future of the North Texas Food Bank.

What attracted you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I am ecstatic to be here. Hunger is an area of passion for me. I worked in corporate environments for quite some time and I was looking for a purpose-driven organization. I have a particular passion for feeding hungry people and knew this would be the right fit.  It is an exciting time to join this team.

You have a background with technology, how do you think this will help shape the Food Bank?

Coming from Microsoft, we know that most companies are moving towards becoming IT-oriented if they aren’t already and going through that digital transformation. This is more than just eliminating paper, companies are assessing processes and really thinking about data collection and how you look for relationships between inputs and outputs as well as optimization for the goals of the organization.

That’s where I came from at Microsoft. While there, I worked with very large companies as well as the federal government through parts of their digital transformations.

Because of this background, I tend to see processes and tools and think about how technology can enable these to be more efficient and effective..

At the Food Bank we are focused on efficiency, but our work centers on the human element- those neighbors that we serve. What is your vision for marrying efficiency with customer service and our core value of compassion?

I don’t think of these concepts as opposite ends of a spectrum. In fact, for me, an output is how our neighbors feel. It’s our job to find creative ways to think about and measure that as an outcome of our engagement with them. This work is about much more that putting a meal on the table for a person, it’s also about their experience.

The same rings true for the volunteer experience. In any business there are some fundamental tenets, the financial attributes, the client satisfaction and the employee satisfaction. Many times these can be at tension with one another and the key is to find the balance point to effectively enable you to manage these with some degree of predictability. Thanks to the surveys that the team does here, we know that we have a very satisfied volunteer pool which will serve us well as we work to increase volunteerism at our new facility.

The Food Bank team is a tight knit extended family, what are your thoughts on joining this kind of team?

The Food Bank is going through a time of transformation as we move into our new space. And those that I have come to know are dedicated to the mission and passionate about putting food on the table for our neighbors in need. From a company culture perspective, it is clear that the focus is on service- our values are compassion, collaboration and integrity and we see that across teams within our organization. This resonates with me and is exactly the family I was hoping to join.

The Food Bank put a stake in the ground and declared that we would close the hunger gap by 2025. What do you think that it will take to get us there?

I think our team is up for the challenge and we can achieve this goal. The good news is that the core processes and infrastructure is already in place. As we move forward we know we must be nimble and change, but it’s also clear that the NTFB is already wildly successful in a number of ways including providing almost 72 million meals for hungry neighbors in the last fiscal year.  Now we just have to work to harness the best practices that got us to this point. In doing so we will achieve and surpass the 92 million meal goal.

Can you share information about LovePacs the 501C3 that you founded to help feed hungry kids?

The history of LovePacs stems from the efforts of four families including mine. In November of 2011, we came to learn that 6 kids from a local school were in need of support and we thought that we could step into that space and help them. We did a collection and put together a weeklong supply of food for the children for that Thanksgiving holiday. Just like that LovePacs was born. One year later more schools came on board and more kids were served. Fast forward to today and we are in eight school districts and we have surpassed 2 million meals served.

Tell us about your family

I have been married 20 years to my wife Nila, we were high school sweethearts, both from Plano and both attended the University of Texas for our undergraduate degrees. We have three children: Coby 14, Luke is 11 and Samantha who is 8. My wife is a high school teacher at Plano West Senior High and we are primarily involved in three efforts: our church, our sons’ club baseball, and tending to our property in Lamar County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart joins the NTFB Executive Team as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer

There are a lot of exciting changes at the North Texas Food Bank: including opening the doors of our beautiful new Perot Family Campus in Plano! As we look to engage the community from our new home, the Food Bank Executive Team is elated to announce another new addition: Brad Stewart who will serve as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.

Stewart is no stranger to operations, processes or technology. Prior to joining our team, he enjoyed an illustrious career, most recently at Microsoft.

We sat down with our new Chief Operating Officer to learn more about his passion for service and his thoughts on the future of the North Texas Food Bank.

What attracted you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I am ecstatic to be here. Hunger is an area of passion for me. I worked in corporate environments for quite some time and I was looking for a purpose-driven organization. I have a particular passion for feeding hungry people and knew this would be the right fit.  It is an exciting time to join this team.

You have a background with technology, how do you think this will help shape the Food Bank?

Coming from Microsoft, we know that most companies are moving towards becoming IT-oriented if they aren’t already and going through that digital transformation. This is more than just eliminating paper, companies are assessing processes and really thinking about data collection and how you look for relationships between inputs and outputs as well as optimization for the goals of the organization.

That’s where I came from at Microsoft. While there, I worked with very large companies as well as the federal government through parts of their digital transformations.

Because of this background, I tend to see processes and tools and think about how technology can enable these to be more efficient and effective..

At the Food Bank we are focused on efficiency, but our work centers on the human element- those neighbors that we serve. What is your vision for marrying efficiency with customer service and our core value of compassion?

I don’t think of these concepts as opposite ends of a spectrum. In fact, for me, an output is how our neighbors feel. It’s our job to find creative ways to think about and measure that as an outcome of our engagement with them. This work is about much more that putting a meal on the table for a person, it’s also about their experience.

The same rings true for the volunteer experience. In any business there are some fundamental tenets, the financial attributes, the client satisfaction and the employee satisfaction. Many times these can be at tension with one another and the key is to find the balance point to effectively enable you to manage these with some degree of predictability. Thanks to the surveys that the team does here, we know that we have a very satisfied volunteer pool which will serve us well as we work to increase volunteerism at our new facility.

The Food Bank team is a tight knit extended family, what are your thoughts on joining this kind of team?

The Food Bank is going through a time of transformation as we move into our new space. And those that I have come to know are dedicated to the mission and passionate about putting food on the table for our neighbors in need. From a company culture perspective, it is clear that the focus is on service- our values are compassion, collaboration and integrity and we see that across teams within our organization. This resonates with me and is exactly the family I was hoping to join.

The Food Bank put a stake in the ground and declared that we would close the hunger gap by 2025. What do you think that it will take to get us there?

I think our team is up for the challenge and we can achieve this goal. The good news is that the core processes and infrastructure is already in place. As we move forward we know we must be nimble and change, but it’s also clear that the NTFB is already wildly successful in a number of ways including providing almost 72 million meals for hungry neighbors in the last fiscal year.  Now we just have to work to harness the best practices that got us to this point. In doing so we will achieve and surpass the 92 million meal goal.

Can you share information about LovePacs the 501C3 that you founded to help feed hungry kids?

The history of LovePacs stems from the efforts of four families including mine. In November of 2011, we came to learn that 6 kids from a local school were in need of support and we thought that we could step into that space and help them. We did a collection and put together a weeklong supply of food for the children for that Thanksgiving holiday. Just like that LovePacs was born. One year later more schools came on board and more kids were served. Fast forward to today and we are in eight school districts and we have surpassed 2 million meals served.

Tell us about your family

I have been married 20 years to my wife Nila, we were high school sweethearts, both from Plano and both attended the University of Texas for our undergraduate degrees. We have three children: Coby 14, Luke is 11 and Samantha who is 8. My wife is a high school teacher at Plano West Senior High and we are primarily involved in three efforts: our church, our sons’ club baseball, and tending to our property in Lamar County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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June 05, 2018
by Liana Solis

Hunger Mitao!

June 05, 2018
by Liana Solis

With a rally cry of “Hunger Mitao” (Mitao = Wipe-out) and an ambitious campaign titled “Million Meal March”, the Indian American Council (IAC) for North Texas Food Bank launched on September 29, 2017.  In just seven short months, the IAC surpassed its first-year goal of funding one million meals for the hungry neighbors across North Texas.

The team at the North Texas Food Bank is so grateful for the dedication, passion and support of the IAC. Their support couldn’t come at a better time, as summer sets in, we know that many of our hungry neighbors– especially children will struggle to find their next healthy meal.

The IAC was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community towards NTFB’s mission.  The committed and diverse steering committee is the driving force behind the council. By providing access to one million nutritious meals, the IAC is directly contributing to the Food Bank’s vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

This first million meals is just the beginning for the IAC, the ambitious group, led by Aradhana (Anna) and Raj Asava is already working to provide their next million meals!

To build on this momentum, the group is launching ‘Hunger Mitao Week’ (August 11-19), the week of India’s Independence Day with a goal of raising awareness, food and funds, while encouraging hands-on volunteering.

For more information about the North Texas Food Bank’s Indian American Council, visit: ntfb.org/IAC

 

With a rally cry of “Hunger Mitao” (Mitao = Wipe-out) and an ambitious campaign titled “Million Meal March”, the Indian American Council (IAC) for North Texas Food Bank launched on September 29, 2017.  In just seven short months, the IAC surpassed its first-year goal of funding one million meals for the hungry neighbors across North Texas.

The team at the North Texas Food Bank is so grateful for the dedication, passion and support of the IAC. Their support couldn’t come at a better time, as summer sets in, we know that many of our hungry neighbors– especially children will struggle to find their next healthy meal.

The IAC was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community towards NTFB’s mission.  The committed and diverse steering committee is the driving force behind the council. By providing access to one million nutritious meals, the IAC is directly contributing to the Food Bank’s vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.

This first million meals is just the beginning for the IAC, the ambitious group, led by Aradhana (Anna) and Raj Asava is already working to provide their next million meals!

To build on this momentum, the group is launching ‘Hunger Mitao Week’ (August 11-19), the week of India’s Independence Day with a goal of raising awareness, food and funds, while encouraging hands-on volunteering.

For more information about the North Texas Food Bank’s Indian American Council, visit: ntfb.org/IAC

 


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June 01, 2018
by Liana Solis

Preparing BEFORE disaster strikes

June 01, 2018
by Liana Solis

Volunteer team from Abbott donates time and product to create disaster relief food packs.

 

When a hurricane hits, every second counts – it’s critical for families and communities to prepare in advance. That’s why we were so grateful to have the team from Abbott at the North Texas Food Bank preparing disaster relief boxes. These critical packs will help the Food Bank provide relief in the form of food if a disaster strikes.

Designed to provide the “first wave” of relief following a hurricane or other disaster, these pack provide immediate aid within hours for 3,000 people. Having them in stock helps fill a critical need until traditional relief efforts can provide ongoing support. So, in addition to providing “people power” in the form of volunteers, Abbott also provided the food and beverage products that will help meet the need- a more than $70,000 value.

The Food Bank has seen the impact that these packs can provide. In fact, Abbott disaster relief boxes were used as part of the relief efforts in North Texas after Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands last year. Each pack contains Abbott nutrition products, such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.

In total, these packs have helped more than 17,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

A huge thank you to our partners at Abbott for helping the North Texas Food Bank and member food banks across the Feeding America network to be disaster ready.

Volunteer team from Abbott donates time and product to create disaster relief food packs.

 

When a hurricane hits, every second counts – it’s critical for families and communities to prepare in advance. That’s why we were so grateful to have the team from Abbott at the North Texas Food Bank preparing disaster relief boxes. These critical packs will help the Food Bank provide relief in the form of food if a disaster strikes.

Designed to provide the “first wave” of relief following a hurricane or other disaster, these pack provide immediate aid within hours for 3,000 people. Having them in stock helps fill a critical need until traditional relief efforts can provide ongoing support. So, in addition to providing “people power” in the form of volunteers, Abbott also provided the food and beverage products that will help meet the need- a more than $70,000 value.

The Food Bank has seen the impact that these packs can provide. In fact, Abbott disaster relief boxes were used as part of the relief efforts in North Texas after Hurricane Harvey displaced thousands last year. Each pack contains Abbott nutrition products, such as nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, and rehydration solutions.

In total, these packs have helped more than 17,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

A huge thank you to our partners at Abbott for helping the North Texas Food Bank and member food banks across the Feeding America network to be disaster ready.


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