June 24, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Partner Agency Spotlight: CitySquare

June 24, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
Glenn shops for food at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. He also volunteers there regularly.

Food banks are powered through collaboration, and without the collective support and partnership from many, the North Texas Food Bank would be unable to provide access to more than 190,000 meals each day to our hungry neighbors in need. Within our 13-county service area, our united team of hunger fighters is bound by the belief that our neighbors do not have to be hungry, and through our efforts, together, we can end hunger.

Our collaboration and partnership with CitySquare demonstrates what is possible when our hungry neighbors receive the nourishment needed to plan beyond finding their next meal. Many neighbors who first came to CitySquare for food assistance, have since sought other CitySquare support services from job training to housing and healthcare.

During a recent visit to the CitySquare Food Pantry, we met Glenn, who wanted to share his experience. Throughout his life, Glenn has struggled with health issues, and has often had difficulty paying for both medicine and nutritious foods.  

“I just don’t have enough money to pay for it all. And instead of just eating rice and beans, and stuff like that, I’m able to eat other healthy foods too. Thankfully, the other day I was able to get cases of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers. I was able to make casseroles and put them in the freezer to have even more meals.”

At the CitySquare Food Pantry, it’s not uncommon to see neighbors who just shopped for food from the pantry, put on a volunteer vest, and help their fellow neighbors. Glenn also volunteers in the pantry and aims to share encouragement when he can. Like so many neighbors, CitySquare has provided him critical support, and he is thankful for the opportunity to express his gratitude.

“I come in, volunteer, and I’m walking people through when they shop. We have a good time. We joke around, dance, and it’s a lot of fun.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help neighbors like Glenn, visit www.ntfb.org.


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.

Glenn shops for food at the CitySquare Food Pantry, a member of the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies. He also volunteers there regularly.

Food banks are powered through collaboration, and without the collective support and partnership from many, the North Texas Food Bank would be unable to provide access to more than 190,000 meals each day to our hungry neighbors in need. Within our 13-county service area, our united team of hunger fighters is bound by the belief that our neighbors do not have to be hungry, and through our efforts, together, we can end hunger.

Our collaboration and partnership with CitySquare demonstrates what is possible when our hungry neighbors receive the nourishment needed to plan beyond finding their next meal. Many neighbors who first came to CitySquare for food assistance, have since sought other CitySquare support services from job training to housing and healthcare.

During a recent visit to the CitySquare Food Pantry, we met Glenn, who wanted to share his experience. Throughout his life, Glenn has struggled with health issues, and has often had difficulty paying for both medicine and nutritious foods.  

“I just don’t have enough money to pay for it all. And instead of just eating rice and beans, and stuff like that, I’m able to eat other healthy foods too. Thankfully, the other day I was able to get cases of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash and peppers. I was able to make casseroles and put them in the freezer to have even more meals.”

At the CitySquare Food Pantry, it’s not uncommon to see neighbors who just shopped for food from the pantry, put on a volunteer vest, and help their fellow neighbors. Glenn also volunteers in the pantry and aims to share encouragement when he can. Like so many neighbors, CitySquare has provided him critical support, and he is thankful for the opportunity to express his gratitude.

“I come in, volunteer, and I’m walking people through when they shop. We have a good time. We joke around, dance, and it’s a lot of fun.”

To learn more about the North Texas Food Bank’s Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, or how you can help neighbors like Glenn, visit www.ntfb.org.


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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June 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Relief After the Storm

June 12, 2019
by Caroline Mandel
NTFB volunteers and staff distribute emergency food assistance to neighbors impacted by the storm that swept through North Texas on Sunday, June 9.

On Sunday, June 9, a severe storm violently swept through North Texas, causing widespread damage and leaving several hundred thousand neighbors in our community without power. Record high winds resulted in vast destruction to homes and businesses, loss of life and numerous injuries have been reported. Now just a few days later, the damage continues to be assessed, while many neighbors work to clean up our community and face the reality of a multi-day power outage: discarding spoiled food.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by Sunday’s storm. During this time, and always, we are committed to extending food assistance to all our hungry neighbors. Many in our community have lost the entire contents of their refrigerators and freezers that have been off for several days. In areas that lack traditional grocery stores, we were proud to be able to offer our Mobile Pantry as a resource to impacted residents.

The Food Bank continues to work alongside our city officials to provide emergency food assistance to our neighbors affected by the power outage. Our vast network of Partner Agencies is prepared to provide additional relief assistance to our neighbors who are in critical need of fresh fruit, produce, meat and dairy products. To find a partner agency food pantry or other resources in your neighborhood, visit www.ntfb.org/agencies.

Following a natural disaster, the collective support from our community is more critical than ever. Thousands of our neighbors have lost all perishable food, and for many, this loss has led to the depletion of other food supplies that must also be replenished. Countless neighbors are now experiencing an unforeseen financial burden to a budget that is already stretched thin. To help the North Texas Food Bank feed our hungry neighbors, and empower our ability to provide a nimble response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. Together, we can support our neighbors in need.


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.

NTFB volunteers and staff distribute emergency food assistance to neighbors impacted by the storm that swept through North Texas on Sunday, June 9.

On Sunday, June 9, a severe storm violently swept through North Texas, causing widespread damage and leaving several hundred thousand neighbors in our community without power. Record high winds resulted in vast destruction to homes and businesses, loss of life and numerous injuries have been reported. Now just a few days later, the damage continues to be assessed, while many neighbors work to clean up our community and face the reality of a multi-day power outage: discarding spoiled food.

At the North Texas Food Bank, we extend our sincere condolences to our neighbors who have been impacted by Sunday’s storm. During this time, and always, we are committed to extending food assistance to all our hungry neighbors. Many in our community have lost the entire contents of their refrigerators and freezers that have been off for several days. In areas that lack traditional grocery stores, we were proud to be able to offer our Mobile Pantry as a resource to impacted residents.

The Food Bank continues to work alongside our city officials to provide emergency food assistance to our neighbors affected by the power outage. Our vast network of Partner Agencies is prepared to provide additional relief assistance to our neighbors who are in critical need of fresh fruit, produce, meat and dairy products. To find a partner agency food pantry or other resources in your neighborhood, visit www.ntfb.org/agencies.

Following a natural disaster, the collective support from our community is more critical than ever. Thousands of our neighbors have lost all perishable food, and for many, this loss has led to the depletion of other food supplies that must also be replenished. Countless neighbors are now experiencing an unforeseen financial burden to a budget that is already stretched thin. To help the North Texas Food Bank feed our hungry neighbors, and empower our ability to provide a nimble response following any period of crisis, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved. Together, we can support our neighbors in need.


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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June 06, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Closing the Summer Meal Gap for Students

June 06, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

It’s now summer in North Texas, and most students are out of school for the next few months. In preparation for this break from the classroom, educators often warn about summer slide, a decline in academic skills that can occur during summer break. But for many students, summer means both a break from academics and also from school-provided meals. Throughout our community, the absence of academics and critical nourishment is likely to result in a population of students who not only endure a summer of hunger but lose some achievement gains made during the previous school year.

During the summer months, the North Texas Food Bank continues to provide access to nutritious meals to food-insecure students and their families through our strategic programs as well as via our vast network of more than 200 Partner Agencies. We are also proud to promote the work of our partners at the Texas Department of Agriculture.

To help close the summer meal gap and provide summer programming for food-insecure students, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children and teens ages 18 years old and younger with free, nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. SFSP meal sites are located in areas where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Last summer alone, this critical program distributed 15.5 million meals at various sites throughout the state, with most sites also offering activities to keep students engaged and academically stimulated.

To find a nearby Summer Food Service Program meal site, you can:

Summer food programs help students succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive in and outside the classroom. To learn how you can help end summer hunger, 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.

It’s now summer in North Texas, and most students are out of school for the next few months. In preparation for this break from the classroom, educators often warn about summer slide, a decline in academic skills that can occur during summer break. But for many students, summer means both a break from academics and also from school-provided meals. Throughout our community, the absence of academics and critical nourishment is likely to result in a population of students who not only endure a summer of hunger but lose some achievement gains made during the previous school year.

During the summer months, the North Texas Food Bank continues to provide access to nutritious meals to food-insecure students and their families through our strategic programs as well as via our vast network of more than 200 Partner Agencies. We are also proud to promote the work of our partners at the Texas Department of Agriculture.

To help close the summer meal gap and provide summer programming for food-insecure students, the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides children and teens ages 18 years old and younger with free, nutritious meals in a welcoming environment. SFSP meal sites are located in areas where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Last summer alone, this critical program distributed 15.5 million meals at various sites throughout the state, with most sites also offering activities to keep students engaged and academically stimulated.

To find a nearby Summer Food Service Program meal site, you can:

Summer food programs help students succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive in and outside the classroom. To learn how you can help end summer hunger, 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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May 29, 2019
by Anna Kurian

Preparing before disaster strikes

May 29, 2019
by Anna Kurian

When a hurricane hits, every second truly does count – that’s why it is critical to have a plan and prepare supplies before a disaster strikes. The Food Bank is proud to have partners that aid us in our efforts to prepare for disaster relief. Today, thanks to Feeding America and the global healthcare company Abbott, the Food Bank has supplies on hand to distribute in the event of a disaster.

Abbott volunteers were onsite at the NTFB Perot Family Campus to pack disaster relief packs which are designed to be given directly to families affected by disasters, and are meant to meet immediate nutritional needs for three days. The packs have very specific Abbott products which would be critical in the event of a disaster, including nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, as well as rehydration solutions.

The partnership between the NTFB, Feeding America and Abbott is longstanding. In fact, in 2017 these packs provided families with rapid aid following Hurricane Harvey. As a member of the Mass Care Task Force, the Food Bank was pulled in early on into the disaster relief effort following Harvey, and having these packs ready was an invaluable resource.

All told, Abbott disaster relief packs have helped more than 20,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

Anna Kurian, Director of Marketing and Communications

Anna Kurian is a Dallas native, and passionate about telling a good story. Alongside a talented team of Food Bankers, Anna is privileged to hear firsthand accounts of the impact the North Texas Food Bank and their partners make in the community. After work, Anna likes to hang out with her little family and play with her dog Pepper.

When a hurricane hits, every second truly does count – that’s why it is critical to have a plan and prepare supplies before a disaster strikes. The Food Bank is proud to have partners that aid us in our efforts to prepare for disaster relief. Today, thanks to Feeding America and the global healthcare company Abbott, the Food Bank has supplies on hand to distribute in the event of a disaster.

Abbott volunteers were onsite at the NTFB Perot Family Campus to pack disaster relief packs which are designed to be given directly to families affected by disasters, and are meant to meet immediate nutritional needs for three days. The packs have very specific Abbott products which would be critical in the event of a disaster, including nutritional bars and drinks for adults and children, as well as rehydration solutions.

The partnership between the NTFB, Feeding America and Abbott is longstanding. In fact, in 2017 these packs provided families with rapid aid following Hurricane Harvey. As a member of the Mass Care Task Force, the Food Bank was pulled in early on into the disaster relief effort following Harvey, and having these packs ready was an invaluable resource.

All told, Abbott disaster relief packs have helped more than 20,000 people affected by hurricanes, storms and flooding across the region in recent years.

Anna Kurian, Director of Marketing and Communications

Anna Kurian is a Dallas native, and passionate about telling a good story. Alongside a talented team of Food Bankers, Anna is privileged to hear firsthand accounts of the impact the North Texas Food Bank and their partners make in the community. After work, Anna likes to hang out with her little family and play with her dog Pepper.


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May 24, 2019
by Liana Solis

Meet NTFB’s Resident Farm Gal – Vanessa!

May 24, 2019
by Liana Solis

The North Texas Food Bank focuses on providing nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors. Our Garden Coordinator, Vanessa Bailey, works in our community garden every day helping to produce healthy foods and teaching healthy living. Learn more about how she helps NTFB in this Q&A!:

Q: What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

A: I like to joke that my journey to the NTFB began organically. My background as a Mental Health Social Worker for the state of Texas opened my eyes to the incredible need for identifying and breaking down barriers to access to care. For me, the two biggest issues I felt were contributing to poor patient outcomes was a lack of access to fresh, responsibly grown produce and limited ability to feel plugged into the community.  I started the first community garden in Flower Mound, Texas, called Common Ground Community Garden to address those needs right in the same small town I grew up in.

Before I knew it, we were growing so much food that we joined the Partner Garden program at the NTFB. This incredible program supports community and school gardens by providing resources to gardens that agree to donate 10% of their harvest to a local food pantry in their neighborhood.

After five years of growing for the Food Bank, I answered the call to help grow the garden program for the NTFB and I cannot wait to share the wonderful work that will be accomplished here to support our community. Our garden seeks to equip and educate others to grow food in abundance for their tables and the tables of those in need.  We host weekly volunteer opportunities every Wednesday; come grow with us!

Q: Describe your role.

A: I wear a few hats around here. As a former Social Worker turned Environmental Educator, Master Composter and Permaculturalist, my role is to create curriculum and programs which will help empower others to reliably and sustainably grow food in abundance in their own backyards or community gardens.  

That said, growing food is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce). The NTFB is deeply committed to stewarding our resources and supporting local agriculture. To accomplish this, I created the Green Waste Recovery Program for the NTFB. This monthly pick up opportunity provides local area farmers and gardeners with bulk green waste for use as a livestock fodder or compost. By recovering our green waste, we hope to set a new standard for waste recovery. In the garden world, trash is treasure!

Q: How can gardening impact food insecurity?

A: As a Social Worker, I saw firsthand how multifaceted the lifecycle issues of food insecurity are. The hard reality for many of our clients is that they are sacrificing something daily to make it work. For some of our clients, they will sacrifice medication to make sure their children eat. No one should have to make the choice to pay for milk or medicine. That’s not okay and it’s time we look to our own backyards for answers to fill the food gap.

Did you know that just one 2ft planter can provide a family of four with lettuce throughout the entire growing season? Gardening is something that everyone can do in any space they have. Live in an apartment and only have a patio? There’s a patio tomato that will work for that! Have an abundance in your backyard and are tired of paying to water it? Come volunteer at Jan’s Garden and I will teach you permaculture methods to sustainably grow food instead of grass. When we cultivate our community, we grow BIG things — like ending hunger for all North Texans. 

Q: Any quick tips to share?

A: You bet! If you are just starting out in your veggie garden, consider planting the smallest cultivar of the vegetable you wish to grow. This looks like growing a cherry tomato instead of a giant slicer or growing fairy eggplant instead of the larger Italian varieties. Dwarf plants will come into maturity faster which means less time on the vine exposed to our crazy weather and critters. You’ll enjoy a more productive harvest and earn the confidence to take on the larger cultivars later on.

A:  As we approach our long hot summer, our garden friends will be looking at your fields for hydration. If you are seeing a lot of peck marks in your tomatoes, put out a birdbath near your veggie patch. The birds will drink from the bird bath and leave your tomatoes alone. 

A: Save your eggs shells to use in the garden. Eggs shells are full of calcium and can be used as a natural slow release calcium top dressing by simply spreading crushed eggshells over your garden beds. As the shells break down they release calcium into the soil and also act as a slug deterrent.

For volunteer opportunities in Jan’s Garden with Vanessa, visit our website.


Caroline Madel, 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.

The North Texas Food Bank focuses on providing nutritious meals to our hungry neighbors. Our Garden Coordinator, Vanessa Bailey, works in our community garden every day helping to produce healthy foods and teaching healthy living. Learn more about how she helps NTFB in this Q&A!:

Q: What brought you to the North Texas Food Bank?

A: I like to joke that my journey to the NTFB began organically. My background as a Mental Health Social Worker for the state of Texas opened my eyes to the incredible need for identifying and breaking down barriers to access to care. For me, the two biggest issues I felt were contributing to poor patient outcomes was a lack of access to fresh, responsibly grown produce and limited ability to feel plugged into the community.  I started the first community garden in Flower Mound, Texas, called Common Ground Community Garden to address those needs right in the same small town I grew up in.

Before I knew it, we were growing so much food that we joined the Partner Garden program at the NTFB. This incredible program supports community and school gardens by providing resources to gardens that agree to donate 10% of their harvest to a local food pantry in their neighborhood.

After five years of growing for the Food Bank, I answered the call to help grow the garden program for the NTFB and I cannot wait to share the wonderful work that will be accomplished here to support our community. Our garden seeks to equip and educate others to grow food in abundance for their tables and the tables of those in need.  We host weekly volunteer opportunities every Wednesday; come grow with us!

Q: Describe your role.

A: I wear a few hats around here. As a former Social Worker turned Environmental Educator, Master Composter and Permaculturalist, my role is to create curriculum and programs which will help empower others to reliably and sustainably grow food in abundance in their own backyards or community gardens.  

That said, growing food is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce). The NTFB is deeply committed to stewarding our resources and supporting local agriculture. To accomplish this, I created the Green Waste Recovery Program for the NTFB. This monthly pick up opportunity provides local area farmers and gardeners with bulk green waste for use as a livestock fodder or compost. By recovering our green waste, we hope to set a new standard for waste recovery. In the garden world, trash is treasure!

Q: How can gardening impact food insecurity?

A: As a Social Worker, I saw firsthand how multifaceted the lifecycle issues of food insecurity are. The hard reality for many of our clients is that they are sacrificing something daily to make it work. For some of our clients, they will sacrifice medication to make sure their children eat. No one should have to make the choice to pay for milk or medicine. That’s not okay and it’s time we look to our own backyards for answers to fill the food gap.

Did you know that just one 2ft planter can provide a family of four with lettuce throughout the entire growing season? Gardening is something that everyone can do in any space they have. Live in an apartment and only have a patio? There’s a patio tomato that will work for that! Have an abundance in your backyard and are tired of paying to water it? Come volunteer at Jan’s Garden and I will teach you permaculture methods to sustainably grow food instead of grass. When we cultivate our community, we grow BIG things — like ending hunger for all North Texans. 

Q: Any quick tips to share?

A: You bet! If you are just starting out in your veggie garden, consider planting the smallest cultivar of the vegetable you wish to grow. This looks like growing a cherry tomato instead of a giant slicer or growing fairy eggplant instead of the larger Italian varieties. Dwarf plants will come into maturity faster which means less time on the vine exposed to our crazy weather and critters. You’ll enjoy a more productive harvest and earn the confidence to take on the larger cultivars later on.

A:  As we approach our long hot summer, our garden friends will be looking at your fields for hydration. If you are seeing a lot of peck marks in your tomatoes, put out a birdbath near your veggie patch. The birds will drink from the bird bath and leave your tomatoes alone. 

A: Save your eggs shells to use in the garden. Eggs shells are full of calcium and can be used as a natural slow release calcium top dressing by simply spreading crushed eggshells over your garden beds. As the shells break down they release calcium into the soil and also act as a slug deterrent.

For volunteer opportunities in Jan’s Garden with Vanessa, visit our website.


Caroline Madel, 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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May 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Sharing Stories of Summer Hunger: NTFB’s Summer Newsletter

May 15, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Throughout North Texas, countless students depend on a healthy breakfast and lunch provided at school for critical nourishment. On Friday afternoons, many students are also given a backpack of nutritious food for weekend meals. But in just a few weeks when school is out for the summer holiday – these students will not only have a break from homework but a break from school-provided meals.

Here’s your summer reading assignment: Around the Table, the North Texas Food Bank’s quarterly print and online newsletter, and within this issue, you’ll learn how you can help fill the summer meal gap for students from food-insecure households. Students like four-year-old Korilynn, who attends pre-kindergarten and eats a healthy breakfast every morning at school. During the summer break, her mom, Rachel, will replace the free meals her daughter receives at school with food from a local pantry within the Food Bank’s network of more than 200 Partner Agencies.

Korilynn is just one example of a child who lives in a food-insecure household and relies on school-provided meals. Today in North Texas, one in four children may not know where they will get their next meal. This summer, these children will be at even greater risk when school lets out, and they can no longer rely on school-provided meals.

In the next few weeks, the North Texas Food Bank will prepare for the increased risk of students missing meals throughout the summer. You can join us in this important work, and ensure that summer break doesn’t entail a break from healthy meals too.

To learn how you can help end summer hunger, and to read more of Korilynn’s story in the summer issue of Around the Table, click here.


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.

Throughout North Texas, countless students depend on a healthy breakfast and lunch provided at school for critical nourishment. On Friday afternoons, many students are also given a backpack of nutritious food for weekend meals. But in just a few weeks when school is out for the summer holiday – these students will not only have a break from homework but a break from school-provided meals.

Here’s your summer reading assignment: Around the Table, the North Texas Food Bank’s quarterly print and online newsletter, and within this issue, you’ll learn how you can help fill the summer meal gap for students from food-insecure households. Students like four-year-old Korilynn, who attends pre-kindergarten and eats a healthy breakfast every morning at school. During the summer break, her mom, Rachel, will replace the free meals her daughter receives at school with food from a local pantry within the Food Bank’s network of more than 200 Partner Agencies.

Korilynn is just one example of a child who lives in a food-insecure household and relies on school-provided meals. Today in North Texas, one in four children may not know where they will get their next meal. This summer, these children will be at even greater risk when school lets out, and they can no longer rely on school-provided meals.

In the next few weeks, the North Texas Food Bank will prepare for the increased risk of students missing meals throughout the summer. You can join us in this important work, and ensure that summer break doesn’t entail a break from healthy meals too.

To learn how you can help end summer hunger, and to read more of Korilynn’s story in the summer issue of Around the Table, click here.


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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May 08, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Aruilla – Amazing Grace Food Pantry Client

May 08, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

First, she lost her daughter, and soon after her dad. A few years later, her mother and younger brother passed away too. Once her grandson moved in with her, having lost most of her immediate family, Aruilla needed help.

Aruilla holds a half gallon of milk and a fresh salad mix, a few items she selected during her visit to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX.

She and her grandson struggled to keep food on the table. Aruilla receives some social services assistance, however, she explains that, “a lot of times we don’t have food because we can’t afford it.”

“Because my grandson is paying a car payment and electric and everything else, and insurance, we just can’t afford it, so had it not been for Amazing Grace Food Pantry – we wouldn’t have food.”

Throughout North Texas, Aruilla’s experience has become regrettably common. As our senior population continues to grow, so does the number of older individuals who struggle with food insecurity. With age-related health concerns, mobility issues and the decline of affordable housing for seniors, often many older neighbors in our community must make difficult decisions. Aruilla has made tough choices, but through the support of a vast Feeding Network of North Texas Food Bank Partner Agencies, she and other seniors in North Texas, don’t have to prioritize critical living expenses over nutritious food.

“If it wasn’t for Amazing Grace, we wouldn’t make it. I’m on disability and social security, and we don’t get that much each month, just near enough to cover rent. Had it not been for Amazing Grace – we wouldn’t make it each month.”

Following a period of great loss, coupled with the relentless stress of not knowing if she and her grandson will have enough to eat, Aruilla not only found healthy food at Amazing Grace but a welcoming and warm environment. While the fresh vegetables and produce, milk, proteins and other foods she receives are critical in maintaining her health as she ages, the supportive community at the pantry helps nourish her soul.

“I just don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have this place to come to – and like I said – I’ve found friends here. I love them to pieces, and we’re not all in the same boat, but they need this place too. And that’s my story. I’m so happy that I found this place.”

May is Older American’s Month, a month dedicated to honoring our country’s elders, and at the North Texas Food Bank, we celebrate all our older neighbors and help ensure there is always food on the table regardless of age or circumstance. To learn more about our work with neighbors like Aruilla, visit our website at www.ntfb.org.


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.

First, she lost her daughter, and soon after her dad. A few years later, her mother and younger brother passed away too. Once her grandson moved in with her, having lost most of her immediate family, Aruilla needed help.

Aruilla holds a half gallon of milk and a fresh salad mix, a few items she selected during her visit to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX.

She and her grandson struggled to keep food on the table. Aruilla receives some social services assistance, however, she explains that, “a lot of times we don’t have food because we can’t afford it.”

“Because my grandson is paying a car payment and electric and everything else, and insurance, we just can’t afford it, so had it not been for Amazing Grace Food Pantry – we wouldn’t have food.”

Throughout North Texas, Aruilla’s experience has become regrettably common. As our senior population continues to grow, so does the number of older individuals who struggle with food insecurity. With age-related health concerns, mobility issues and the decline of affordable housing for seniors, often many older neighbors in our community must make difficult decisions. Aruilla has made tough choices, but through the support of a vast Feeding Network of North Texas Food Bank Partner Agencies, she and other seniors in North Texas, don’t have to prioritize critical living expenses over nutritious food.

“If it wasn’t for Amazing Grace, we wouldn’t make it. I’m on disability and social security, and we don’t get that much each month, just near enough to cover rent. Had it not been for Amazing Grace – we wouldn’t make it each month.”

Following a period of great loss, coupled with the relentless stress of not knowing if she and her grandson will have enough to eat, Aruilla not only found healthy food at Amazing Grace but a welcoming and warm environment. While the fresh vegetables and produce, milk, proteins and other foods she receives are critical in maintaining her health as she ages, the supportive community at the pantry helps nourish her soul.

“I just don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have this place to come to – and like I said – I’ve found friends here. I love them to pieces, and we’re not all in the same boat, but they need this place too. And that’s my story. I’m so happy that I found this place.”

May is Older American’s Month, a month dedicated to honoring our country’s elders, and at the North Texas Food Bank, we celebrate all our older neighbors and help ensure there is always food on the table regardless of age or circumstance. To learn more about our work with neighbors like Aruilla, visit our website at www.ntfb.org.


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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April 26, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Join our team at Taste of the Cowboys on May 5!

April 26, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

On Sunday, May 5 from 6:30 – 10 p.m., join our team of hunger fighters at the 2019 Taste of the Cowboys, held at The Star in Frisco, the 91-acre campus that hosts the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. Presented by Caliber Collision and hosted by current Dallas Cowboys players along with team legends Chad Hennings, Preston Pearson and DeMarcus Ware, this special event will feature Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, live entertainment and 30 gourmet tailgate food stations from North Texas’ premier restaurants and chefs. The mini Carolina fried chicken sandwiches from City Works Restaurant, and the Kona crusted filet with garlic mashed potatoes and green peppercorn sauce from Al Biernat’s North location are just a few of the tailgate treats that are sure to be a big win.

The North Texas Food Bank is proud to partner with the Dallas Cowboys in raising awareness about the impact of hunger, and the children of North Texas who are food insecure. Today, 1 in 6 of our neighbors do not know where they will find their next meal – and 1 in 4 is a child. All proceeds from this special event will help us raise awareness and critical funds to provide access to more nutritious food to hungry children across North Texas.

Children in our community do not have to be hungry, and with your support, we can tackle hunger together. There is still time to join our team on May 5 – To purchase tickets, visit NTFB.org/cowboys. This event welcomes guests 21 years and older.


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.

On Sunday, May 5 from 6:30 – 10 p.m., join our team of hunger fighters at the 2019 Taste of the Cowboys, held at The Star in Frisco, the 91-acre campus that hosts the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. Presented by Caliber Collision and hosted by current Dallas Cowboys players along with team legends Chad Hennings, Preston Pearson and DeMarcus Ware, this special event will feature Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, live entertainment and 30 gourmet tailgate food stations from North Texas’ premier restaurants and chefs. The mini Carolina fried chicken sandwiches from City Works Restaurant, and the Kona crusted filet with garlic mashed potatoes and green peppercorn sauce from Al Biernat’s North location are just a few of the tailgate treats that are sure to be a big win.

The North Texas Food Bank is proud to partner with the Dallas Cowboys in raising awareness about the impact of hunger, and the children of North Texas who are food insecure. Today, 1 in 6 of our neighbors do not know where they will find their next meal – and 1 in 4 is a child. All proceeds from this special event will help us raise awareness and critical funds to provide access to more nutritious food to hungry children across North Texas.

Children in our community do not have to be hungry, and with your support, we can tackle hunger together. There is still time to join our team on May 5 – To purchase tickets, visit NTFB.org/cowboys. This event welcomes guests 21 years and older.


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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April 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Aamina and Rachel, NTFB Nutrition Education Volunteers

April 25, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Aamina (left) and Rachel (right) answer questions from participants during a Cooking Matters class.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our overarching, organizational mission is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food. Within that goal, we are committed to empowering our neighbors through free culinary and nutrition education. NTFB staff and volunteers teach the basics of nutrition, cooking, food-budgeting and food safety to promote healthful and affordable food choices.

Aamina and Rachel are volunteers with NTFB’s Nutrition Education team and help administer the Cooking Matters program. This program teaches parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Both Aamina and Rachel share a passion for nutrition and for serving their community, so volunteering with the Cooking Matters program blends both interests.

“Connecting with the participants and experiencing their evolution over the six-week program” has been Rachel’s favorite aspect of the experience, she said. Aamina said she has made many new friends through this experience and “learned things about [our] community that I never knew.”

Throughout their volunteer experience, Aamina and Rachel were surprised to learn about the impact of hunger in our community. For Rachel, this experience taught her that “teaching individuals and families about cooking and price effectiveness can mitigate the financial burden of healthy meals in such a huge way.” Aamina said she was surprised to learn “that so many kids are hungry during summer holidays.”

As we work to close the hunger gap in North Texas, our volunteers play a critical role. Without the support of so many hunger fighters and our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, we would not be able to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. We can close the hunger gap in North Texas, but it will take each of us extending our support and joining together to feed our hungry neighbors.

To join Aamina and Rachel, and make an impact in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/nutrition-services.


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.

Aamina (left) and Rachel (right) answer questions from participants during a Cooking Matters class.

At the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our overarching, organizational mission is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food. Within that goal, we are committed to empowering our neighbors through free culinary and nutrition education. NTFB staff and volunteers teach the basics of nutrition, cooking, food-budgeting and food safety to promote healthful and affordable food choices.

Aamina and Rachel are volunteers with NTFB’s Nutrition Education team and help administer the Cooking Matters program. This program teaches parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Both Aamina and Rachel share a passion for nutrition and for serving their community, so volunteering with the Cooking Matters program blends both interests.

“Connecting with the participants and experiencing their evolution over the six-week program” has been Rachel’s favorite aspect of the experience, she said. Aamina said she has made many new friends through this experience and “learned things about [our] community that I never knew.”

Throughout their volunteer experience, Aamina and Rachel were surprised to learn about the impact of hunger in our community. For Rachel, this experience taught her that “teaching individuals and families about cooking and price effectiveness can mitigate the financial burden of healthy meals in such a huge way.” Aamina said she was surprised to learn “that so many kids are hungry during summer holidays.”

As we work to close the hunger gap in North Texas, our volunteers play a critical role. Without the support of so many hunger fighters and our vast Feeding Network of Partner Agencies, we would not be able to provide access to nearly 190,000 meals every day. We can close the hunger gap in North Texas, but it will take each of us extending our support and joining together to feed our hungry neighbors.

To join Aamina and Rachel, and make an impact in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/nutrition-services.


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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April 17, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

Meet Angela and Knox – NTFB Volunteers

April 17, 2019
by Caroline Mandel

What started as a way for her older son to gain community service hours for school activities, quickly blossomed into a regular, family commitment. Angela and her younger son, Knox, can now be found on the distribution center floor at the Perot Family Campus, or out in the community helping with Mobile Pantry truck deliveries.

This mother-son duo prefers to volunteer where they can directly interact with clients, and while volunteering with the Mobile Pantry team, they assist with intake, greeting clients, bagging food, clean up and organization. When asked why it is important to serve the community, Angela explains that she believes “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Knox (left) and Angela (right)

Since she began volunteering with NTFB, Angela has been surprised to learn that hunger “is more prevalent than she originally thought.” Angela is not alone – many are shocked to learn that one in six of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure, and does not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

Thanks to Angela and her family, NTFB is spreading the word about hunger in our community, reaching more hungry neighbors and providing access to more healthy foods.

To join Angela and Knox, and make an impact on your community, visit www.ntfb.org/mobilepantry.


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.

What started as a way for her older son to gain community service hours for school activities, quickly blossomed into a regular, family commitment. Angela and her younger son, Knox, can now be found on the distribution center floor at the Perot Family Campus, or out in the community helping with Mobile Pantry truck deliveries.

This mother-son duo prefers to volunteer where they can directly interact with clients, and while volunteering with the Mobile Pantry team, they assist with intake, greeting clients, bagging food, clean up and organization. When asked why it is important to serve the community, Angela explains that she believes “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Knox (left) and Angela (right)

Since she began volunteering with NTFB, Angela has been surprised to learn that hunger “is more prevalent than she originally thought.” Angela is not alone – many are shocked to learn that one in six of our North Texas neighbors are food-insecure, and does not know where they will find their next healthy meal.

Thanks to Angela and her family, NTFB is spreading the word about hunger in our community, reaching more hungry neighbors and providing access to more healthy foods.

To join Angela and Knox, and make an impact on your community, visit www.ntfb.org/mobilepantry.


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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