March 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday

March 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

This week, throughout North Texas, most students are out of school for the spring break holiday. While this is a highly anticipated break from routine for many, for some students, spring break is a break from critical meals provided at  school. As some students pack their bags for travels, others are wondering how they will fill their meal gaps during this week-long holiday. Within the North Texas Food Bank’s 13-county service area, more than 300,000 kids, with more than half — 158,000 — living in Dallas County, live in food-insecure households. Many rely on the meals provided during the school day as a main source of nutrition.

During spring break, hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Our staff at the North Texas Food Bank continue to distribute nutritious foods to students and their families though our strategic programs and through our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. For students in the Dallas Independent School District, free breakfast and lunch will be served at 27 select campuses during spring break through the district’s Break Meals Program. These meals are provided to all students regardless of where they may live or are enrolled. Such efforts ensure that while school is out, students are still able to access the nutritious foods needed to remain healthy.

At the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus, it is business as usual this week. Each day, this state-of-the-art facility helps provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. If spring break finds you in search of an opportunity to give of your time, there are still several opportunities available to volunteer. At our distribution center, volunteer shifts are available Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., or volunteer with our mobile pantry truck to help distribute nutritious foods to our neighbors in high-need, hard-to-reach areas throughout North Texas.

Spring break doesn’t have to be a challenging time for our students who live in food-insecure households. Through community support, targeted programs and partnerships and our Feeding Network, we can ensure all hungry students receive the nourishment needed to thrive in and outside the classroom. To join us in this critical work, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Caroline Mandel, Writer

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

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This week, throughout North Texas, most students are out of school for the spring break holiday. While this is a highly anticipated break from routine for many, for some students, spring break is a break from critical meals provided at  school. As some students pack their bags for travels, others are wondering how they will fill their meal gaps during this week-long holiday. Within the North Texas Food Bank’s 13-county service area, more than 300,000 kids, with more than half — 158,000 — living in Dallas County, live in food-insecure households. Many rely on the meals provided during the school day as a main source of nutrition.

During spring break, hunger doesn’t take a holiday. Our staff at the North Texas Food Bank continue to distribute nutritious foods to students and their families though our strategic programs and through our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. For students in the Dallas Independent School District, free breakfast and lunch will be served at 27 select campuses during spring break through the district’s Break Meals Program. These meals are provided to all students regardless of where they may live or are enrolled. Such efforts ensure that while school is out, students are still able to access the nutritious foods needed to remain healthy.

At the Food Bank’s distribution center, the Perot Family Campus, it is business as usual this week. Each day, this state-of-the-art facility helps provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. If spring break finds you in search of an opportunity to give of your time, there are still several opportunities available to volunteer. At our distribution center, volunteer shifts are available Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., or volunteer with our mobile pantry truck to help distribute nutritious foods to our neighbors in high-need, hard-to-reach areas throughout North Texas.

Spring break doesn’t have to be a challenging time for our students who live in food-insecure households. Through community support, targeted programs and partnerships and our Feeding Network, we can ensure all hungry students receive the nourishment needed to thrive in and outside the classroom. To join us in this critical work, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

Caroline Mandel, Writer

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

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