October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

October 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  

Cynthia Ferris, NTFB Senior Director of Logistics

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work providing access to nutritious foods to our neighbors in need is accomplished through the dedication and hard work of many. As the Senior Director of Logistics at NTFB, Cynthia Ferris ensures that every day, food-insecure children, seniors and families in North Texas receive the critical food assistance they need to survive. Learn more about Cynthia, and her role in closing the hunger gap.


What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

I moved to DFW for personal reasons, and having been in the nonprofit work world all of my life, I intentionally sought out a position that spoke to my heart. It still speaks to my heart after eight years.

Describe your role.

As Senior Director of Logistics, I oversee all functions in the warehouse related to the receipt, production, distribution and transport of food.

What is your favorite part of your role?

Knowing every day that we are making a significant impact in the lives of people we serve.

Why is hunger relief work important to you?

There is no substitute for food. People without a place to live can couch surf, or others without a car, can catch a ride, etc. There is no survival without food.

Any stories to share?

I was shadowing a NTFB staff member conducting a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) assistance interviews at one of our Partner Agencies during my first few months here. He was interviewing a young, single mother of three who had recently lost her job after a very bad car accident. She could not recover from her injuries in time to save her position. Her children sat quietly at a nearby table cutting out shapes from construction paper. When our staff member asked what the children were making, one of the little girls said, “a sandwich so my mom can eat.” I think about that story every day.


To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank, or how you can join Cynthia in the fight against hunger, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.  


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October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Partner Agency Spotlight: Metrocrest Services

October 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.

Judy, a Metrocrest Services volunteer, helps a client load fresh produce into her cart at the food pantry.

At the North Texas Food Bank, every day our collective and collaborative work provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals for our hungry neighbors across a diverse 13-county service area. That important work requires the hands and hearts of many throughout our community. In this fight against hunger, our vast NTFB Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies serves on the frontlines.

What began in 1971 as a volunteer-based resource for at-risk teenagers, Metrocrest Services is now a recognized leader in the North Texas community assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations, need help stabilizing their lives, or require support to live independently. As a NTFB Partner Agency, Metrocrest also offers a self-choice pantry that operates Monday through Friday, and on Saturday too.

During a recent visit to the food pantry at Metrocrest, we met Judy, a veteran pantry volunteer. For the past 20 years, she has provided a warm and welcoming presence while helping clients select nutritious foods. Judy has seen firsthand the immediate reaction many clients have upon receiving nutritious food.

“If a client has never been here before, they are often overwhelmed with the variety of healthy foods. Many start crying, and it’s not uncommon even for clients who have been here before, to give you a great big hug. They hug you and say, God bless you. Thank you so much. The amount of gratitude is just amazing.”

At the North Texas Food Bank, our work with Partner Agencies like Metrocrest Services not only provides healthy foods to our hungry neighbors, but hope. To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help hungry neighbors, visit www.ntfb.org.


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September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham

Status of Hunger in North Texas

September 25, 2019
by Trisha Cunningham
Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

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

Anthony pushes a cart of groceries he selected from the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of NTFB’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies.

Today in North Texas, we know that far too many of our neighbors still face a harsh reality. In our 13-county service area alone, nearly 800,000 neighbors live in food-insecure households, and this includes almost 300,000 children. Being food-insecure means these neighbors are without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. At the North Texas Food Bank, we are making progress toward closing this hunger gap, but much work remains to be done to reach our 10-year plan of providing access to 92 million nutritious meals annually by 2025.

I am once again reminded of a core belief at the North Texas Food Bank – no one deserves to be hungry. Regardless of the cause, whether from consequence or circumstance or choice, hunger is never appropriate. Until all our neighbors are no longer hungry, no longer struggle to put food on the table come mealtime, or have to choose between medicine, utilities or groceries, our critical hunger relief work will continue. It must continue because North Texas is home to almost 800,000 neighbors who don’t know where they will find their next healthy meal. But I absolutely know that our hard work, innovative collaborations, the Feeding Network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and our many passionate supporters help provide access to more nutritious meals every day. July 1, 2019 marked the start of our new fiscal year, and I am thrilled to share that last year, the Food Bank successfully provided access to almost 77 million nutritious meals for food-insecure neighbors. To break this down further – that is equivalent to more than 200,000 nutritious meals in a single day.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of our Perot Family Campus in Plano. As I reflect on this milestone year, I could share that our new cold dock helped support the distribution of 28.2 million pounds of fresh produce. Through our programs and partnerships, NTFB provided hungry children with access to approximately 23.4 million nutritious meals, and hungry seniors with access to approximately 16.4 million nutritious meals. We also saw a tremendous increase in volunteer hours – more than 104,000 hours. Also, our Mobile Pantry program continues to expand – helping distribute six million pounds of fresh produce and other healthy food to neighbors residing in areas of need.

Yet what I want to focus on most are the clients we are able to better serve with our new, state-of-the-art facility. Real people who struggle with hunger. The increase in distribution, meals provided to children and seniors, and rising volunteer hours – all are in effort to serve those neighbors who wonder – will I eat today?

One meal might seem insignificant, but to Anthony it provided critical nutrition, and gave him the encouragement needed to face another day. Our team recently met Anthony at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. Newly unemployed and facing a challenging time in life, this was just his second visit to the pantry. We all know starting over is never easy, and when you don’t know where your next meal might come from, plotting a new plan, likely seems unmanageable. The nutritious food Anthony received from the pantry that day nourished his body and mind, and provided the encouragement he needed to take that next step. He shared with our team that the healthy food he received was helpful for him both “physically and mentally.”

Hunger does not need to exist in North Texas, and together we can ensure that year after year, we continue to provide access to more healthy meals, to all our hungry neighbors. This year, will you join us as we strive to provide 80 million meals to neighbors like Anthony? Because regardless of what life might bring, every meal truly does make a difference.

To learn how you help neighbors like Anthony, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

With Gratitude,

Trisha

President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank


Trisha Cunningham, President and CEO

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


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September 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

NTFB SuperFans Support North Texas Giving Day

September 18, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
More than 25 NTFB SuperFans created FUNdraising pages for North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 19, and this year, the Food Bank is proud of the many hunger fighters who pledged their support through creating individual FUNdraising pages. A new Giving Day feature, FUNdraising pages enable supporters to utilize peer-to-peer fundraising to encourage donations through email and social media channels. Hunger fighters can lend their voices, resources and network in support of the North Texas Food Bank, all through an easy-to-use online platform.

Through an 18-hour online giving event, North Texas Giving Day amplifies our collective-community impact and builds awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. This year, the Food Bank has set a Giving Day goal to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

But as technology brings innovative practices to the nonprofit sector – these advancements make it now easier than ever to help provide access to more nutritious meals to our community. $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors, and there’s still time to schedule a giving day donation and encourage family and friends to join you in donating to the North Texas Food Bank on North Texas Giving Day.

To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.

More than 25 NTFB SuperFans created FUNdraising pages for North Texas Giving Day.

North Texas Giving Day is on Thursday, September 19, and this year, the Food Bank is proud of the many hunger fighters who pledged their support through creating individual FUNdraising pages. A new Giving Day feature, FUNdraising pages enable supporters to utilize peer-to-peer fundraising to encourage donations through email and social media channels. Hunger fighters can lend their voices, resources and network in support of the North Texas Food Bank, all through an easy-to-use online platform.

Through an 18-hour online giving event, North Texas Giving Day amplifies our collective-community impact and builds awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes. This year, the Food Bank has set a Giving Day goal to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

But as technology brings innovative practices to the nonprofit sector – these advancements make it now easier than ever to help provide access to more nutritious meals to our community. $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors, and there’s still time to schedule a giving day donation and encourage family and friends to join you in donating to the North Texas Food Bank on North Texas Giving Day.

To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.


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September 10, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

September is Hunger Action Month

September 10, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

All throughout September, the North Texas Food Bank will stand together with Feeding America and its extensive network of food banks in raising awareness on the issue of hunger. Hunger Action Month unites diverse communities who each share a commitment to closing the hunger gap, and have pledged to take action and work toward proving more healthy meals to food-insecure neighbors. Locally in North Texas, there are many ways you can get involved, and help hungry neighbors during this month-long campaign. We’ve compiled opportunities for every day of September at www.ntfb.org/ham, and included below are a few highlights to consider:

September 7 – 22Canstruction

Canstruction is currently on display now through Sunday, September 22 at NorthPark Center. View the various ‘Heroes Against Hunger’ cansculptures, and make a donation to vote for your favorite – $1 buys 1 vote (and three meals for our hungry neighbors). All proceeds support NTFB. To learn more about Canstruction and to vote, click here.

September 12Hunger Action Day

Wear orange in support of Hunger Action Day! After sundown, observe iconic Dallas skyscrapers illuminate orange and transform the downtown skyline. Upload your photos to social media and include the hashtag: #HungerActionMonth.

September 19North Texas Giving Day

Celebrate community-wide philanthropy and donate to NTFB on North Texas Giving Day. Schedule your Giving Day contribution now, and it’s not too late to become a SuperFan and create your own NTFB FUNdraising page. To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, click here

September 20HARVEST

Attend NTFB’s annual HARVEST event, and gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi. Your support of this special event provides critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need. To learn more about HARVEST, click here.

While September is Hunger Action Month, your support is needed year-round to help our neighbors who struggle with hunger every day. To learn how you can help support our critical hunger relief work, during this month-long campaign and beyond, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.

All throughout September, the North Texas Food Bank will stand together with Feeding America and its extensive network of food banks in raising awareness on the issue of hunger. Hunger Action Month unites diverse communities who each share a commitment to closing the hunger gap, and have pledged to take action and work toward proving more healthy meals to food-insecure neighbors. Locally in North Texas, there are many ways you can get involved, and help hungry neighbors during this month-long campaign. We’ve compiled opportunities for every day of September at www.ntfb.org/ham, and included below are a few highlights to consider:

September 7 – 22Canstruction

Canstruction is currently on display now through Sunday, September 22 at NorthPark Center. View the various ‘Heroes Against Hunger’ cansculptures, and make a donation to vote for your favorite – $1 buys 1 vote (and three meals for our hungry neighbors). All proceeds support NTFB. To learn more about Canstruction and to vote, click here.

September 12Hunger Action Day

Wear orange in support of Hunger Action Day! After sundown, observe iconic Dallas skyscrapers illuminate orange and transform the downtown skyline. Upload your photos to social media and include the hashtag: #HungerActionMonth.

September 19North Texas Giving Day

Celebrate community-wide philanthropy and donate to NTFB on North Texas Giving Day. Schedule your Giving Day contribution now, and it’s not too late to become a SuperFan and create your own NTFB FUNdraising page. To learn more about North Texas Giving Day, click here

September 20HARVEST

Attend NTFB’s annual HARVEST event, and gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi. Your support of this special event provides critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need. To learn more about HARVEST, click here.

While September is Hunger Action Month, your support is needed year-round to help our neighbors who struggle with hunger every day. To learn how you can help support our critical hunger relief work, during this month-long campaign and beyond, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.


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September 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join us for HARVEST – Friday, September 20

September 03, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will once again host the 6th Annual HARVEST.

Join the North Texas Food Bank on Friday, September 20, as we transform the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to HARVEST. You are invited to gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will provide the perfect autumn-themed backdrop, and HARVEST attendees will be the first to see the popular pumpkin displays. Event proceeds support the North Texas Food Bank’s vital Feeding Children and Feeding Seniors initiatives. Few other social issues affect our community like hunger, and because hunger is not bound by age or ethnicity, you likely know someone who has experienced hunger. Your support of HARVEST will provide critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need.

Tickets are now on sale and limited sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets, visit www.ntfb.org/harvest.


6th Annual HARVEST

Friday, September 20, 2019

6 – 7 p.m. VIP; 7 – 10 p.m. HARVEST


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A Tasteful Place – 8617 Garland Road, Entrance One – Dallas TX 75218


Event Co-Chairs – Lisa and Marvin Singleton

Honorary Chair – Chef Dean Fearing

Casual Chic Attire and Ages 21+

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will once again host the 6th Annual HARVEST.

Join the North Texas Food Bank on Friday, September 20, as we transform the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden to HARVEST. You are invited to gather with fellow hunger fighters for an evening of live entertainment from DJ Lucy Wrubel, one-of-a-kind auction items, specialty cocktails and a movable feast from Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants including Le Bilboquet, Tulum and Parigi.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will provide the perfect autumn-themed backdrop, and HARVEST attendees will be the first to see the popular pumpkin displays. Event proceeds support the North Texas Food Bank’s vital Feeding Children and Feeding Seniors initiatives. Few other social issues affect our community like hunger, and because hunger is not bound by age or ethnicity, you likely know someone who has experienced hunger. Your support of HARVEST will provide critical hunger relief for our hungry North Texas neighbors in need.

Tickets are now on sale and limited sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets, visit www.ntfb.org/harvest.


6th Annual HARVEST

Friday, September 20, 2019

6 – 7 p.m. VIP; 7 – 10 p.m. HARVEST


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A Tasteful Place – 8617 Garland Road, Entrance One – Dallas TX 75218


Event Co-Chairs – Lisa and Marvin Singleton

Honorary Chair – Chef Dean Fearing

Casual Chic Attire and Ages 21+


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August 27, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

North Texas Giving Day – Thursday, September 19

August 27, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

What can you do with $1? At the North Texas Food Bank, $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors in our community. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal. So $1 could ensure one more child has food on the table come dinnertime, or a senior neighbor doesn’t forgo groceries to afford a prescription. Closing the hunger gap in North Texas requires the collective support and compassion of many, and the Food Bank is proud to partner with the Communities Foundation of Texas for North Texas Giving Day.

On Thursday, September 19, NTFB will join other North Texas nonprofits in celebrating community-wide philanthropy for North Texas Giving Day. Since 2009, this 18-hour online giving event has built awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes in one easy-to-use platform. North Texas Giving Day aims to amplify our collective-community impact while highlighting each organizations unique focus area.

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, your gifts funded more than 2.2 million healthy meals for our hungry neighbors. Support from friends like you helps sustain our ability to provide access to more healthy food to more food-insecure households. Thanks to support provided by Priscilla Endicott Charitable Foundation, The Ryan Foundation and two anonymous donors, our Giving Day donations will be matched up to $150,000! That means, your donation will be doubled and go twice as far. This year, our goal is to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow.

Here’s how you can support NTFB for North Texas Giving Day:

*Become a SuperFan – create your own NTFB FUNdraising page, and help gather support from friends, family and your supporters

*Schedule your donation early – scheduling begins Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 18

*Donate to NTFB on Thursday, September 19, North Texas Giving Day

*Spread the word about North Texas Giving Day – visit the NTFB Facebook page for more information and share on your social media channels

To learn more, become a SuperFan and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.

What can you do with $1? At the North Texas Food Bank, $1 provides access to three nutritious meals to hungry neighbors in our community. Currently almost 800,000 of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure – meaning they do not know where they will find their next healthy meal. So $1 could ensure one more child has food on the table come dinnertime, or a senior neighbor doesn’t forgo groceries to afford a prescription. Closing the hunger gap in North Texas requires the collective support and compassion of many, and the Food Bank is proud to partner with the Communities Foundation of Texas for North Texas Giving Day.

On Thursday, September 19, NTFB will join other North Texas nonprofits in celebrating community-wide philanthropy for North Texas Giving Day. Since 2009, this 18-hour online giving event has built awareness and support for local nonprofits and causes in one easy-to-use platform. North Texas Giving Day aims to amplify our collective-community impact while highlighting each organizations unique focus area.

Last year on North Texas Giving Day, your gifts funded more than 2.2 million healthy meals for our hungry neighbors. Support from friends like you helps sustain our ability to provide access to more healthy food to more food-insecure households. Thanks to support provided by Priscilla Endicott Charitable Foundation, The Ryan Foundation and two anonymous donors, our Giving Day donations will be matched up to $150,000! That means, your donation will be doubled and go twice as far. This year, our goal is to fund 2.4 million meals because the need for hunger relief in our community continues to grow.

Here’s how you can support NTFB for North Texas Giving Day:

*Become a SuperFan – create your own NTFB FUNdraising page, and help gather support from friends, family and your supporters

*Schedule your donation early – scheduling begins Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 18

*Donate to NTFB on Thursday, September 19, North Texas Giving Day

*Spread the word about North Texas Giving Day – visit the NTFB Facebook page for more information and share on your social media channels

To learn more, become a SuperFan and to donate, visit www.ntfb.org/givingday.


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August 21, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Canstruction 2019 – Heroes Against Hunger

August 21, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Thousands of cans of shelf-stable food are used for creative Canstruction displays at NorthPark Center, and are later donated to help feed our hungry neighbors throughout North Texas.

A friendly competition with a mission to feed food-insecure neighbors, Canstruction features fanciful displays made entirely of canned goods. These cansculptures not only help spread critical awareness surrounding the issue of hunger but once deconstructed, will help fill cupboards and pantries throughout North Texas.

Starting Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, September 22, giant canned food structures will line NorthPark Center for Canstruction 2019: Heroes Against Hunger. This annual design and build competition engages teams of architects, engineers and designers in constructing large, innovative displays made entirely out of full cans of food. Following the competition, all cans utilized in each sculpture are donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Last year, Canstruction contributed more than 150,000 pounds of shelf-stable food for our hungry neighbors. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals to hungry children, seniors and families and the support received from Canstruction advances our work feeding more neighbors in need.

Designs from past Canstruction competitions featured the iconic Dallas Pegasus, a recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and even the Colosseum. Join us this year and see how our 29 participating teams will interpret the 2019 Canstruction theme: Heroes Against Hunger. Then vote for your favorite displays – $1 buys one vote, and all proceeds will support the North Texas Food Bank. Voting starts September 7, and visit ntfb.org/canstruction to cast your vote.

For additional information about Canstruction 2019, click here.


Canstruction: Heroes Against Hunger

September 7 – 22

NorthPark Center

Thousands of cans of shelf-stable food are used for creative Canstruction displays at NorthPark Center, and are later donated to help feed our hungry neighbors throughout North Texas.

A friendly competition with a mission to feed food-insecure neighbors, Canstruction features fanciful displays made entirely of canned goods. These cansculptures not only help spread critical awareness surrounding the issue of hunger but once deconstructed, will help fill cupboards and pantries throughout North Texas.

Starting Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, September 22, giant canned food structures will line NorthPark Center for Canstruction 2019: Heroes Against Hunger. This annual design and build competition engages teams of architects, engineers and designers in constructing large, innovative displays made entirely out of full cans of food. Following the competition, all cans utilized in each sculpture are donated to the North Texas Food Bank. Last year, Canstruction contributed more than 150,000 pounds of shelf-stable food for our hungry neighbors. Every day, the North Texas Food Bank provides access to more than 200,000 nutritious meals to hungry children, seniors and families and the support received from Canstruction advances our work feeding more neighbors in need.

Designs from past Canstruction competitions featured the iconic Dallas Pegasus, a recreation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and even the Colosseum. Join us this year and see how our 29 participating teams will interpret the 2019 Canstruction theme: Heroes Against Hunger. Then vote for your favorite displays – $1 buys one vote, and all proceeds will support the North Texas Food Bank. Voting starts September 7, and visit ntfb.org/canstruction to cast your vote.

For additional information about Canstruction 2019, click here.


Canstruction: Heroes Against Hunger

September 7 – 22

NorthPark Center


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August 09, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Hunger Mitao!

August 09, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
In the spirit of “give where you live,” the IAC strives for the Indian-American community to be recognized as a leader in the fight against hunger in North Texas.

When long-time community advocates Raj and Aradhana “Anna” Asava learned that far too many of their North Texas neighbors are food insecure and do not know where they will find their next meal, the couple got to work co-founding the Indian-American Council for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB-IAC).

With a campaign goal to raise food and funds in “one million meal” increments, the IAC has collaborated with Indian-American associations and hosted information sessions with colleagues, faith-based organizations and other partners to encourage community members to join the movement. The campaign took on a rally cry of Hunger Mitao which translates to “wipe out hunger,” and in just two years, the group has enabled over four million meals through a mix of fundraising, food donations and volunteering.

Soon after learning about the IAC, Varsha and Dilip Shah knew they had to get involved.

“First to understand that hunger exists in this country, and then for us not to do anything about it, that would be inhumane,” said Dilip. “So we decided to join the movement of Hunger Mitao, and feel what resources we have is a gift from God, and we must share with those who are less fortunate.”

The IAC’s annual Hunger Mitao Week kicks off on Saturday, August 10, and offers an assortment of activities to join IAC members in their commitment to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in North Texas. To learn more about Hunger Mitao Week, and the movement, visit www.ntfbiac.com.


About the North Texas Food Bank Indian-American Council (NTFB-IAC)

Launched in September 2017, the IAC has committed to raise hunger awareness, improve engagement and encourage active volunteering, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian-American community towards the Food Bank’s mission of providing hunger relief to nearly 800,000 food-insecure individuals across a 13-county service area.

In the spirit of “give where you live,” the IAC strives for the Indian-American community to be recognized as a leader in the fight against hunger in North Texas.

When long-time community advocates Raj and Aradhana “Anna” Asava learned that far too many of their North Texas neighbors are food insecure and do not know where they will find their next meal, the couple got to work co-founding the Indian-American Council for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB-IAC).

With a campaign goal to raise food and funds in “one million meal” increments, the IAC has collaborated with Indian-American associations and hosted information sessions with colleagues, faith-based organizations and other partners to encourage community members to join the movement. The campaign took on a rally cry of Hunger Mitao which translates to “wipe out hunger,” and in just two years, the group has enabled over four million meals through a mix of fundraising, food donations and volunteering.

Soon after learning about the IAC, Varsha and Dilip Shah knew they had to get involved.

“First to understand that hunger exists in this country, and then for us not to do anything about it, that would be inhumane,” said Dilip. “So we decided to join the movement of Hunger Mitao, and feel what resources we have is a gift from God, and we must share with those who are less fortunate.”

The IAC’s annual Hunger Mitao Week kicks off on Saturday, August 10, and offers an assortment of activities to join IAC members in their commitment to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in North Texas. To learn more about Hunger Mitao Week, and the movement, visit www.ntfbiac.com.


About the North Texas Food Bank Indian-American Council (NTFB-IAC)

Launched in September 2017, the IAC has committed to raise hunger awareness, improve engagement and encourage active volunteering, as well as channel resources and contributions of the Indian-American community towards the Food Bank’s mission of providing hunger relief to nearly 800,000 food-insecure individuals across a 13-county service area.


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August 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Fueling Students for Success

August 07, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
When a child is hungry, it is often hard to focus in school, so hunger is potentially impacting how children learn.

During the final days of summer break, school supplies fill the shelves at local retailers that not too long ago displayed pool floats and sunscreen. With back-to-school preparations in full swing, students collect pencils, notebooks and other items that help equip them for a successful school year. While school supplies certainly are the tools of the trade in the classroom, a healthy lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, provides the fuel needed to empower a child for their educational experience. Today in our community, far too many children will start the new school year feeling hungry. Currently in North Texas, one in four children is food insecure.

Regardless of age or circumstance, when you are hungry, it is difficult to focus on anything beyond finding food. A child battling an empty stomach in school is often distracted or fatigued and likely needs more than a calculator to complete classroom assignments. At the North Texas Food Bank, through our various programs and partnerships with Partner Agencies from our Feeding Network, we work with schools and social service programs in our 13-county service area to distribute and serve nutritious food to children in need throughout the school year and the summer months.

Beyond financial support, employees from Morgan Stanley’s Plano branch volunteered at the Perot Family Campus as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, 24-hours of continuous employee volunteer activities around the world dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger.

Critical support from committed partners advances this important work providing children the healthy start they need for lifelong achievement. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to partner with Morgan Stanley in support of our School Pantry program, which provides a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food for children and their families in convenient and familiar locations. NTFB is one of 35 food banks that received vital funding from Morgan Stanley as part of an overall commitment to Feeding America to help develop, launch, expand and sustain child nutrition programs.

Through the NTFB School Pantry program, students receive about 20 pounds of shelf-stable items and 15 pounds of fresh produce once a month. The majority of students who receive food from a school pantry also take part in the school-provided meals program, further demonstrating the significant need for hunger relief programs. With support from partners like Morgan Stanley, NTFB is empowered to feed more hungry children in our community, and ensure students receive the proper nutrition to thrive in and outside the classroom.

To learn more about NTFB’s Child Programs, and how your support can nourish more hungry children, visit: www.ntfb.org/childprograms.

When a child is hungry, it is often hard to focus in school, so hunger is potentially impacting how children learn.

During the final days of summer break, school supplies fill the shelves at local retailers that not too long ago displayed pool floats and sunscreen. With back-to-school preparations in full swing, students collect pencils, notebooks and other items that help equip them for a successful school year. While school supplies certainly are the tools of the trade in the classroom, a healthy lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, provides the fuel needed to empower a child for their educational experience. Today in our community, far too many children will start the new school year feeling hungry. Currently in North Texas, one in four children is food insecure.

Regardless of age or circumstance, when you are hungry, it is difficult to focus on anything beyond finding food. A child battling an empty stomach in school is often distracted or fatigued and likely needs more than a calculator to complete classroom assignments. At the North Texas Food Bank, through our various programs and partnerships with Partner Agencies from our Feeding Network, we work with schools and social service programs in our 13-county service area to distribute and serve nutritious food to children in need throughout the school year and the summer months.

Beyond financial support, employees from Morgan Stanley’s Plano branch volunteered at the Perot Family Campus as part of Morgan Stanley’s “Feeding Kids Around the Clock” initiative, 24-hours of continuous employee volunteer activities around the world dedicated to raising awareness of childhood hunger.

Critical support from committed partners advances this important work providing children the healthy start they need for lifelong achievement. The North Texas Food Bank is proud to partner with Morgan Stanley in support of our School Pantry program, which provides a readily accessible source of healthy and nutritious food for children and their families in convenient and familiar locations. NTFB is one of 35 food banks that received vital funding from Morgan Stanley as part of an overall commitment to Feeding America to help develop, launch, expand and sustain child nutrition programs.

Through the NTFB School Pantry program, students receive about 20 pounds of shelf-stable items and 15 pounds of fresh produce once a month. The majority of students who receive food from a school pantry also take part in the school-provided meals program, further demonstrating the significant need for hunger relief programs. With support from partners like Morgan Stanley, NTFB is empowered to feed more hungry children in our community, and ensure students receive the proper nutrition to thrive in and outside the classroom.

To learn more about NTFB’s Child Programs, and how your support can nourish more hungry children, visit: www.ntfb.org/childprograms.


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