May 30, 2018
by Liana Solis

ICYMI: NTFB is Moving to Plano!

May 30, 2018
by Liana Solis

 

September is going to be a busy time for the North Texas Food Bank! With special events revolving around the opening of our new Distribution Center, the Perot Family Campus, we are excited for you to be a part of our journey to Collin County. We recognize that change is exciting, but could lead to questions. As such, we wanted to assure you that while our distribution facility is moving north, our team will continue to serve partners across our entire 13-county service area, as we have for many years.

Our move to Plano will allow us to:

  • Have a new space that will be built exclusively for NTFB’s needs and will triple our refrigerated space – when you compare it to our current warehouses, it is three times the size.
  • Reduce inefficiencies from our two current facilities as we streamline operations into one location more central to our 13-county service area.
  • Operate from a central location to our entire service area which will allow for better engagement with businesses, volunteers and donors that will help us ensure we can continue to put food on the table for our neighbors in need.
  • Overall, enable us to reach our goal of providing 92 million meals to hungry North Texans by 2025.

Most importantly we are taking this important step because we know the issue of hunger is not going away, and we need the support of the broader North Texas community to meet the hunger needs in our region.

This exciting change will allow us the opportunity to host a historic event: our grand opening!

Interested in attending? Check out the details below!


Save the Date!

Perot Family Campus Grand Opening – Sept. 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NTFB is opening the doors of our brand new facility, the Perot Family Campus! Join us for games, tours of the new building, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and more! All ages are welcome – please RSVP here!


Interested in making an impact by honoring your loved ones?

Purchase a personalized, engraved paver in honor of a family member or loved one for the Jan Pruitt Community Garden! For more information and to purchase your paver, follow this link.

 

September is going to be a busy time for the North Texas Food Bank! With special events revolving around the opening of our new Distribution Center, the Perot Family Campus, we are excited for you to be a part of our journey to Collin County. We recognize that change is exciting, but could lead to questions. As such, we wanted to assure you that while our distribution facility is moving north, our team will continue to serve partners across our entire 13-county service area, as we have for many years.

Our move to Plano will allow us to:

  • Have a new space that will be built exclusively for NTFB’s needs and will triple our refrigerated space – when you compare it to our current warehouses, it is three times the size.
  • Reduce inefficiencies from our two current facilities as we streamline operations into one location more central to our 13-county service area.
  • Operate from a central location to our entire service area which will allow for better engagement with businesses, volunteers and donors that will help us ensure we can continue to put food on the table for our neighbors in need.
  • Overall, enable us to reach our goal of providing 92 million meals to hungry North Texans by 2025.

Most importantly we are taking this important step because we know the issue of hunger is not going away, and we need the support of the broader North Texas community to meet the hunger needs in our region.

This exciting change will allow us the opportunity to host a historic event: our grand opening!

Interested in attending? Check out the details below!


Save the Date!

Perot Family Campus Grand Opening – Sept. 16, 2018, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NTFB is opening the doors of our brand new facility, the Perot Family Campus! Join us for games, tours of the new building, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and more! All ages are welcome – please RSVP here!


Interested in making an impact by honoring your loved ones?

Purchase a personalized, engraved paver in honor of a family member or loved one for the Jan Pruitt Community Garden! For more information and to purchase your paver, follow this link.


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May 07, 2018
by Liana Solis

NTFB Hosts Record Breaking Taste of the Cowboys Event!

May 07, 2018
by Liana Solis

Enthusiastic Food Bank supporters descended on the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco for an evening of delicious food, football, music and fun. Our partners at the Dallas Cowboys helped the Food Bank raise more than $530,000, which will help provide more than 1.5 million meals to hungry kids across our 13 county service area.

The concept for coupling football with food to fight food insecurity started in 1992 when Taste of the NFL Founder and culinary entrepreneur, Wayne Kostroski launched this innovative initiative. Chef Kent Rathbun brought the idea to life locally in 2005, hosting a tailgate event in the parking lot of his restaurant. Fast forward to today, and Taste of the Cowboys has helped raise more than $3 million for the North Texas Food Bank.

More than 13 years later, the need for food assistance in our region is still very real. In fact, one out of every 4 children is food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. The funds raised at Taste of the Cowboys help meet the need for hungry kids across North Texas.

As we look forward to next year’s event, it is fitting to give thanks to those that made Taste of Cowboys 2018 so successful.

This record breaking event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including our presenting sponsor Caliber Collision, Lockheed Martin, Albertson/Tom Thumb, American Airlines, the North Texas Food Bank Indo-American Council, 4 Change Energy, Dean Foods Foundation, Exxon Mobil, HILTI, KPMG, Omni Hotels and Resorts Frisco, Pollock, The CFO Suite, Bank of America, Dairy MAX, Legends, Raising Canes, media sponsor CBS, Cherry Blow Dry Bar, Concrete Cowboy, Deja Blue, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Dunkin Donuts, Kendra Scott, Miller Lite, Pepsi, and TEED Shirts.

Of course, for our event guests, it is all about the entertainment as well as the food; this year’s helpings did not disappoint. Thank you to each of the chefs that came together for this important cause, representing the following restaurants:

Asador
BIRD Bakery
Bulla Gastrobar
Cane Rosso
Da Mario
Dee Lincoln Prime
Eclair Bistro-McKinney
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
Howard Wang’s
il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar
La Duni Baking Studio
Legends at AT&T Stadium
Legends at Cowboys Club, The Star in Frisco
Legends at Toyota Stadium, Home of FC Dallas
Lockhart Smokehouse
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Nick & Sam’s
Off the Bone Barbeque
Omni Frisco Hotel/Neighborhood Services
Pazzo
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Pink Magnolia
PINSTACK
Salum
Seasons 52 Plano
Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market
Texas de Brazil
The Capital Grille Plano
The Common Table
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar
Zaytinya

Take a moment to relive some of the magic by viewing our photo album. Thank you to our wonderful partners at the Dallas Cowboys for opening up their home for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Star next year!

Enthusiastic Food Bank supporters descended on the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco for an evening of delicious food, football, music and fun. Our partners at the Dallas Cowboys helped the Food Bank raise more than $530,000, which will help provide more than 1.5 million meals to hungry kids across our 13 county service area.

The concept for coupling football with food to fight food insecurity started in 1992 when Taste of the NFL Founder and culinary entrepreneur, Wayne Kostroski launched this innovative initiative. Chef Kent Rathbun brought the idea to life locally in 2005, hosting a tailgate event in the parking lot of his restaurant. Fast forward to today, and Taste of the Cowboys has helped raise more than $3 million for the North Texas Food Bank.

More than 13 years later, the need for food assistance in our region is still very real. In fact, one out of every 4 children is food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. The funds raised at Taste of the Cowboys help meet the need for hungry kids across North Texas.

As we look forward to next year’s event, it is fitting to give thanks to those that made Taste of Cowboys 2018 so successful.

This record breaking event was made possible thanks to generous sponsors including our presenting sponsor Caliber Collision, Lockheed Martin, Albertson/Tom Thumb, American Airlines, the North Texas Food Bank Indo-American Council, 4 Change Energy, Dean Foods Foundation, Exxon Mobil, HILTI, KPMG, Omni Hotels and Resorts Frisco, Pollock, The CFO Suite, Bank of America, Dairy MAX, Legends, Raising Canes, media sponsor CBS, Cherry Blow Dry Bar, Concrete Cowboy, Deja Blue, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Dunkin Donuts, Kendra Scott, Miller Lite, Pepsi, and TEED Shirts.

Of course, for our event guests, it is all about the entertainment as well as the food; this year’s helpings did not disappoint. Thank you to each of the chefs that came together for this important cause, representing the following restaurants:

Asador
BIRD Bakery
Bulla Gastrobar
Cane Rosso
Da Mario
Dee Lincoln Prime
Eclair Bistro-McKinney
Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
Howard Wang’s
il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar
La Duni Baking Studio
Legends at AT&T Stadium
Legends at Cowboys Club, The Star in Frisco
Legends at Toyota Stadium, Home of FC Dallas
Lockhart Smokehouse
Mayfield Creamery Ice Cream
Nick & Sam’s
Off the Bone Barbeque
Omni Frisco Hotel/Neighborhood Services
Pazzo
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Pink Magnolia
PINSTACK
Salum
Seasons 52 Plano
Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market
Texas de Brazil
The Capital Grille Plano
The Common Table
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar
Zaytinya

Take a moment to relive some of the magic by viewing our photo album. Thank you to our wonderful partners at the Dallas Cowboys for opening up their home for this event. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Star next year!


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January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Remembering Jan Pruitt

January 02, 2018
by Trisha Cunningham

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, the North Texas community lost a leader and innovator. Jan Pruitt served as the Food Bank’s President and CEO for nearly 20 years. Like many others in North Texas, I mourned the loss of a someone who had changed our community for the better – not knowing at that time that I would succeed her. Since coming on board in July, I have an even deeper understanding and appreciation of Jan’s passion for a hunger-free North Texas.

Jan - NTFB - BIG D signJan was a big thinker and above all else someone who took action against hunger. Each day, I am inspired by stories from employees, gratitude from clients served, or encouragement from our supporters who know first-hand the impact that she had. We know that the work she did – and the work that we continue to do – means something.

Jan believed that having enough food to eat was a basic human right. Her many years of work as a hunger fighter helped us to be able to provide the 70 million nutritious meals we are today, but that work isn’t finished. As part of our strategic plan, we are steadily working our way toward closing the hunger gap by providing access to 92 million meals by 2025. In the year since her passing, we are making great strides on this plan by investing in our Partner Agencies to ensure they have the right infrastructure in place to be able to provide nutritious foods to our clients, especially fresh produce which makes up about 50% of the food we distribute today.

We have also laid the foundation – literally – for our new home in Plano, our Perot Family Campus. Scheduled to open later this year, this facility will expand our capacity to house volunteer and distribution efforts. This facility was a dream of Jan’s and I believe will be a beacon for future work to fight hunger.

As we look forward to the future, we will  honor Jan’s lifework by fulfilling our vision of a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. Thank you for continuing to champion the North Texas Food Bank – your support means the world to us.

Sincerely,

Trisha Cunningham
President and CEO
North Texas Food Bank
ntfb.org

 


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December 18, 2017
by ntfbadmin

Thanks for Helping Clients like Jury and Marcos!

December 18, 2017
by ntfbadmin

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 

Jury Avila and Marcos Perez - Amazing Grace Food Pantry (7)_EDITEDJury and her son, Marcos, 10, are clients at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Wylie, TX. Jury is always excited about being able to pick up fresh produce when she visits the pantry.

“It’s very important,” she said in regards to eating a nutritious diet. “I want to have a healthy family.”

Because you choose to give, Jury can fill her family’s table with balanced meals — even when their finances are especially tight. Her husband has a job to provide for the family, but Jury has a disability that keeps her from working. Sometimes a trip to the supermarket just isn’t in the budget for them.

Jury is also diabetic, so eating balanced meals is critically important for her health. Jury said she gets up early every morning to fix her family a healthy breakfast, and they like to stay active together and spend time outdoors.

Marcos loves going to the park with his parents and playing basketball with his friends. He’s also a good student and loves math and science class. Your gifts mean he has the fuel he needs to focus.

We asked Jury if she had a message to share with the people who help keep her table full of quality whole foods, and she took a moment to reflect on her gratitude.

“I can’t say in words…” she said, emotion in her voice. “You just help me so much.”

She and Marcos told us they’re looking forward to the holidays — especially the hearty breakfast they’ll share together on Christmas morning.

Thank you for bringing joy to their family and many other families by supporting the North Texas Food Bank!


For more information, visit www.ntfb.org 


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December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

Things to do in Dallas this December to Help Fight Hunger!

December 01, 2017
by Liana Solis

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

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This time of year is one of the busiest for many, including organizations like the North Texas Food Bank helping fight hunger during the holidays. We are excited about all the events and campaigns going on throughout the month of December that are helping us feed hungry people, and we hope you will be too!

 

DTC’s A Christmas Carol – November 22-December 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly, when the family-favorite holiday production of A Christmas Carol returns to the Wyly Theatre! In this delightfully re-imagined take on Dickens’ enduring classic, the audience is surrounded by the actors, with magical ghosts flying above, scary ghosts bursting out of the floor, and snow falling on everyone.

The production this year will feature Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland as Ebenezer Scrooge! Following the show actors will collect monetary donations with 100% of the donations going to the North Texas Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Whole Foods’ Giving Campaign – December 1-14

This holiday tradition brings hope to the table for many who are hungry in North Texas! Make a donation at the register at your local Whole Foods Market from December 1 through December 14. 100% of the donations will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

 

FairLease Save and Give Deal – Now-December 31

Thanks to our partners at FairLease, hundreds of families will have food this holiday season! For every lease that is closed through December 31, they will donate $250 to NTFB to help families in need across North Texas. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

 

Santa Days – December 2, 9, 16

Santa Claus and his loyal reindeer Comet and Cupid are planning their annual arrival at The Plaza at Preston Center for Santa Days on December 2,  9 and 16. Make plans to stop by The Plaza with the whole family and with a minimum $5 donation to the NTFB, you’ll take home a keepsake photo by professional photographer!

 

Treats of Christmas – December 16

Head to NorthPark Center for the ultimate holiday bake sale benefiting the North Texas Food Bank on Saturday, December 16! Presented by the Texas Chefs Association, the sale will include an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies by premier chefs from area restaurants and catering companies.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.

 

Kiss and Tella with Ivivva – December 2

Ivivva (Lululemon’s child/youth brand) is donating 10% of their proceeds on Saturday, Dec. 2 (from 10-2) to Jingle Bell Mistletoe. The ladies with Jingle Bell Mistletoe will join us in store and Ivivva Northpark will donate 10% of sales to support the North Texas Food Bank.

 

India Bazaar Give Back – Now-December 15

Help feed the hungry this holiday season by visiting your neighborhood India Bazaar! For every dollar you donate to NTFB at India Bazaar, another dollar will be matched to donate to NTFB! (up to $5,000) Take the challenge and help us feed food insecure North Texans this December!

Lync Cycling Loyalty Card – December 4-31

Hit your own fitness goals while helping others!  Beginning Monday, December 4 through the end of the month, grab a loyalty card, and for every 5 visits at a Lync Cycling location (Dallas or Plano) Lync will donate 3 meals back to NTFB. For more information, visit their website at www.lynccycling.com.


 

Stay up to date on other events that benefit NTFB by following us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


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November 22, 2017
by Liana Solis

Volunteer Spotlight – Mary Jane

November 22, 2017
by Liana Solis

This time of year gives us a great opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing volunteers who help us every single day. Today’s spotlight is on one of our regular volunteers, Mary Jane.mary 3

Mary Jane has been volunteering with the North Texas Food Bank for more than 5 years, coming at least once a week to help sort and pack food. She started volunteering after she lost her husband.

“After my husband passed, I thought this would be something I would really enjoy and that would help take some of my time,” she said.

Mary Jane said volunteering was especially beneficial for her when she needed to keep her mind off her husband’s passing, and it has continued to be helpful in her every-day life.

She said she doesn’t mind the long drive to our warehouse each week from her home in North Dallas, because she genuinely enjoys the work that she gets to do and the company she gets to keep. She said she feels like the people she has met through this process are considered good friends that she gets to work with.

“It’s not something you have to dress up for or anything for and I know that I’m working for a good cause,” Mary Jane said. “I just enjoy it – I enjoy working with these people.”

Once NTFB’s new Distribution Center opens in Plano in Fall 2018, it will be an easier commute for Mary Jane. She has kept volunteering even with the long drive, and plans to continue volunteering regularly in the new Distribution Center as well.

“I think giving back and making sure you are devoted to a cause such as this one is very helpful in one’s life,” she said. “I know this kind of work has helped me and helped so many other people here that I call my friends.”

If you are volunteering some time at our Cockrell Hill Warehouse, or even at our new Distribution Center next year, make sure you stop and say hello to Mary Jane!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

 

This time of year gives us a great opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing volunteers who help us every single day. Today’s spotlight is on one of our regular volunteers, Mary Jane.mary 3

Mary Jane has been volunteering with the North Texas Food Bank for more than 5 years, coming at least once a week to help sort and pack food. She started volunteering after she lost her husband.

“After my husband passed, I thought this would be something I would really enjoy and that would help take some of my time,” she said.

Mary Jane said volunteering was especially beneficial for her when she needed to keep her mind off her husband’s passing, and it has continued to be helpful in her every-day life.

She said she doesn’t mind the long drive to our warehouse each week from her home in North Dallas, because she genuinely enjoys the work that she gets to do and the company she gets to keep. She said she feels like the people she has met through this process are considered good friends that she gets to work with.

“It’s not something you have to dress up for or anything for and I know that I’m working for a good cause,” Mary Jane said. “I just enjoy it – I enjoy working with these people.”

Once NTFB’s new Distribution Center opens in Plano in Fall 2018, it will be an easier commute for Mary Jane. She has kept volunteering even with the long drive, and plans to continue volunteering regularly in the new Distribution Center as well.

“I think giving back and making sure you are devoted to a cause such as this one is very helpful in one’s life,” she said. “I know this kind of work has helped me and helped so many other people here that I call my friends.”

If you are volunteering some time at our Cockrell Hill Warehouse, or even at our new Distribution Center next year, make sure you stop and say hello to Mary Jane!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

 


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October 26, 2017
by Liana Solis

Volunteer Spotlight – Jack and Dave

October 26, 2017
by Liana Solis

jack 1Jack and Dave started volunteering with NTFB in February of 2014 after the church Jack attended came for a volunteer shift. Soon, the brothers began volunteering 1-3 times a week! Although they have moved farther away and it is harder for them to come as often, they still make the effort to come at least once a week to help.

Over the years, Jack has had a series of strokes, which made it difficult to perform normal, every-day tasks or do anything physical. But wanting to continue to volunteer, Dave began picking up his brother every week so they could continue their work together at the Distribution Center.

Dave SMDave said that volunteering helps them stay physical.  The work they do at the Food Bank has helped Jack remain able to work and move his body in ways he might not have been able to after his strokes.

“I couldn’t do any of this stuff before I started coming here, and now I can do all of it,” Jack said. “It really helps me a lot and I love it.”

The two said one of their favorite parts about volunteering is the people they get to meet and see every time they come to sort food. They also enjoy getting to see the passion in all of the kids who give their time to help fight hunger.

We are so grateful for volunteers like Jack and Dave who help give NTFB the friendly, passionate atmosphere we strive to have. Their work has helped put countless meals on the table for those in need in our community!

If you see them at the Distribution Center, make sure you tell them hello!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.

jack 1Jack and Dave started volunteering with NTFB in February of 2014 after the church Jack attended came for a volunteer shift. Soon, the brothers began volunteering 1-3 times a week! Although they have moved farther away and it is harder for them to come as often, they still make the effort to come at least once a week to help.

Over the years, Jack has had a series of strokes, which made it difficult to perform normal, every-day tasks or do anything physical. But wanting to continue to volunteer, Dave began picking up his brother every week so they could continue their work together at the Distribution Center.

Dave SMDave said that volunteering helps them stay physical.  The work they do at the Food Bank has helped Jack remain able to work and move his body in ways he might not have been able to after his strokes.

“I couldn’t do any of this stuff before I started coming here, and now I can do all of it,” Jack said. “It really helps me a lot and I love it.”

The two said one of their favorite parts about volunteering is the people they get to meet and see every time they come to sort food. They also enjoy getting to see the passion in all of the kids who give their time to help fight hunger.

We are so grateful for volunteers like Jack and Dave who help give NTFB the friendly, passionate atmosphere we strive to have. Their work has helped put countless meals on the table for those in need in our community!

If you see them at the Distribution Center, make sure you tell them hello!


Interested in volunteering with us? Visit ntfb.org/volunteer to learn more.


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August 11, 2017
by Madison Messinger

Summer Food Ignites Summer Smiles

August 11, 2017
by Madison Messinger

Summer Meal SiteHe tears through the cardboard box, pulling out a handmade “rooster” wrap, pico and a little baggie containing fresh, sliced tomato. The four-year-old looks up at me with wide eyes and exclaims, “Is this watermelon?!”

I explain the contents of the baggie, hoping his excitement doesn’t dwindle, but he takes the news in stride and starts to tear apart the plastic wrap with tiny, uncoordinated fingers. I have just arrived at a Kid’s Café site, where children receive free lunches and snacks all summer through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The North Texas Food Bank is sponsoring 36 SFSP sites this summer, serving between 25 and 150 lunches per day. Sites range from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics, Girls Inc. and Project Transformations, to YMCA programs, apartment complexes and schools. Some of the sites have been serving summer meals through NTFB for more than five years!

NTFB staff members Cindy Serrano and Dianna Rooney run the Kid’s Café program, but during the summer, the entire Child Programs Department chips in to help monitor the growing number of sites during the hungriest time of year. Without access to school lunches, many young children aged one to 18 would go hungry over the summer. Through NTFB’s SFSP sites, these children have access to breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks in addition to enriching activities and even nutrition education.

The Child Programs Team is tasked with monitoring each of the 36 sites, three to four times throughout the summer to ensure sites are distributing meals in accordance with TDA and Health Department policy and procedures. While we may be out in the field checking for hairnets and food temperature logs, we keep coming back for the relationships developed along the way—the site coordinators, the kids and the delivery drivers are all part of the culture and community of SFSP.

While visiting the WIC site, I also ran into Kenneth Knox, a beloved NTFB driver. Kenneth is no stranger to Child Programs and when he isn’t around, our sites usually ask about him. His warm smile and inviting manner are part of what makes SFSP a full experience.

In addition to distributing 2,500 lunches per day over the summer, NTFB also provides bonus items to summer feeding sites, including Food 4 Kids backpacks and fresh produce. Kenneth had stopped by to deliver both of these items, much to the surprise of the little kids who had already received lunch and were now lining up for a bag of ruby red apples and other weekend, kid-friendly snacks. Jittery hands extended as the children accept their goodies one by one, barely able to carry both back to curious parents seated in the waiting room.

Summer Meal Site 2This is our second year operating SFSP at WIC sites. After piloting the program with seven sites in 2016, they were brought back this year with 12 wonderful clinics. The WIC partnership is just another way SFSP draws connections between food and health. Our vendor of three years, 12 Oaks, meticulously prepares meals that meet all TDA health requirements, and then some! Meals always include milk, meat/meat alternate, whole grains, fruit and/or vegetables. I can tell you from experience they always look and smell better than the lunch I packed for myself!

It is not hard to see why Cindy and Dianna were awarded Silver and Gold Sponsor by the Texas Hunger Initiative, FRAC and United Way for Excellence in Summer Meals two years in a row. From quality of food to quality of service, NTFB’s Summer Food Service Program is filling bellies and igniting smiles across North Texas. Most importantly, we know the nutritious food is nourishing these children for their future.

While summer will eventually end, Kid’s Café runs year round, transitioning from SFSP to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It is still nice knowing that kids like that little boy with his chicken wrap won’t be forgotten during the summer; He won’t go home hungry, and he might even learn the difference between a watermelon and a tomato along the way.


For more information about Summer Food Sites, text ‘FOODTX’ to 877-877 or visit the Summer Food website here to view locations.

Summer Meal SiteHe tears through the cardboard box, pulling out a handmade “rooster” wrap, pico and a little baggie containing fresh, sliced tomato. The four-year-old looks up at me with wide eyes and exclaims, “Is this watermelon?!”

I explain the contents of the baggie, hoping his excitement doesn’t dwindle, but he takes the news in stride and starts to tear apart the plastic wrap with tiny, uncoordinated fingers. I have just arrived at a Kid’s Café site, where children receive free lunches and snacks all summer through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

The North Texas Food Bank is sponsoring 36 SFSP sites this summer, serving between 25 and 150 lunches per day. Sites range from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics, Girls Inc. and Project Transformations, to YMCA programs, apartment complexes and schools. Some of the sites have been serving summer meals through NTFB for more than five years!

NTFB staff members Cindy Serrano and Dianna Rooney run the Kid’s Café program, but during the summer, the entire Child Programs Department chips in to help monitor the growing number of sites during the hungriest time of year. Without access to school lunches, many young children aged one to 18 would go hungry over the summer. Through NTFB’s SFSP sites, these children have access to breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks in addition to enriching activities and even nutrition education.

The Child Programs Team is tasked with monitoring each of the 36 sites, three to four times throughout the summer to ensure sites are distributing meals in accordance with TDA and Health Department policy and procedures. While we may be out in the field checking for hairnets and food temperature logs, we keep coming back for the relationships developed along the way—the site coordinators, the kids and the delivery drivers are all part of the culture and community of SFSP.

While visiting the WIC site, I also ran into Kenneth Knox, a beloved NTFB driver. Kenneth is no stranger to Child Programs and when he isn’t around, our sites usually ask about him. His warm smile and inviting manner are part of what makes SFSP a full experience.

In addition to distributing 2,500 lunches per day over the summer, NTFB also provides bonus items to summer feeding sites, including Food 4 Kids backpacks and fresh produce. Kenneth had stopped by to deliver both of these items, much to the surprise of the little kids who had already received lunch and were now lining up for a bag of ruby red apples and other weekend, kid-friendly snacks. Jittery hands extended as the children accept their goodies one by one, barely able to carry both back to curious parents seated in the waiting room.

Summer Meal Site 2This is our second year operating SFSP at WIC sites. After piloting the program with seven sites in 2016, they were brought back this year with 12 wonderful clinics. The WIC partnership is just another way SFSP draws connections between food and health. Our vendor of three years, 12 Oaks, meticulously prepares meals that meet all TDA health requirements, and then some! Meals always include milk, meat/meat alternate, whole grains, fruit and/or vegetables. I can tell you from experience they always look and smell better than the lunch I packed for myself!

It is not hard to see why Cindy and Dianna were awarded Silver and Gold Sponsor by the Texas Hunger Initiative, FRAC and United Way for Excellence in Summer Meals two years in a row. From quality of food to quality of service, NTFB’s Summer Food Service Program is filling bellies and igniting smiles across North Texas. Most importantly, we know the nutritious food is nourishing these children for their future.

While summer will eventually end, Kid’s Café runs year round, transitioning from SFSP to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It is still nice knowing that kids like that little boy with his chicken wrap won’t be forgotten during the summer; He won’t go home hungry, and he might even learn the difference between a watermelon and a tomato along the way.


For more information about Summer Food Sites, text ‘FOODTX’ to 877-877 or visit the Summer Food website here to view locations.


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May 31, 2017
by Hannah Wood

Harvest Happenings: Teens Fighting Hunger

May 31, 2017
by Hannah Wood

By Hannah Wood, Founding Member, Harvest Teen Council

IMG_8596I joined the Harvest Teen Council (HTC) to help make a difference in my community. Being a part of the HTC has helped me to help others by doing things I enjoy. When we started the HTC earlier this year, we elected officers—President, Vice-President and Secretary. When wanting to run for these offices every candidate made a speech on why they felt they would be good for this job. After the speeches, all the members voted on who they thought would be best. Our 2017 President is Jaxon Rait, Vice- President is Hunter Parris, and Secretary is Allison Long.

Being a part of the HTC allows us to plan events in our community that we want to do as well as give back to the North Texas Food Bank. We have done a teen scary movie night, teen glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, and laser tag. Our first big fundraiser was in March it was a Hoops for Hunger 3 on 3 Basketball tournament. We met twice before the event to make sure we knew how we were going to run the event and how we were going to promote the event. We sent out emails and posted it all over Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to make sure everyone knew about the event. The night before the tournament the HTC had a work party where we organized the brackets, made signs, and signed up for work stations. While Page Austin, our Lifestyle Manager, supported and helped us, she really let us run and own the event which was awesome.

IMG_8427The HTC as well as other teens worked together to create a fun event for the community. Even the Northlake Police participated in the tournament! There were more than 20 teams that played and more than 100 people spectating! We raised $270 for the North Texas Food Bank, which means the HTC fed 810 people! I was surprised to learn that $1 feeds 3 people. It felt so great to give back.

“It makes you feel good to know that you made a difference in someone’s life. It’s so cool that we were able to feed 810 people just from a community basketball tournament,” said Parker Weitzer, a founding member of the HTC and emcee for the tournament.

The Harvest Teen Council looks forward to doing more events like this to help benefit the community and the North Texas Food Bank.


Hannah is a freshman at Argyle High School. She recently won first place in News Reporting for the Dallas Morning News 26th Annual High School Journalism Day competition. She is also the only freshman to play varsity golf for Argyle High School. When she isn’t practicing golf or doing school work, Hannah enjoys photography, babysitting Harvest kiddos, and hanging with friends.

By Hannah Wood, Founding Member, Harvest Teen Council

IMG_8596I joined the Harvest Teen Council (HTC) to help make a difference in my community. Being a part of the HTC has helped me to help others by doing things I enjoy. When we started the HTC earlier this year, we elected officers—President, Vice-President and Secretary. When wanting to run for these offices every candidate made a speech on why they felt they would be good for this job. After the speeches, all the members voted on who they thought would be best. Our 2017 President is Jaxon Rait, Vice- President is Hunter Parris, and Secretary is Allison Long.

Being a part of the HTC allows us to plan events in our community that we want to do as well as give back to the North Texas Food Bank. We have done a teen scary movie night, teen glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, and laser tag. Our first big fundraiser was in March it was a Hoops for Hunger 3 on 3 Basketball tournament. We met twice before the event to make sure we knew how we were going to run the event and how we were going to promote the event. We sent out emails and posted it all over Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to make sure everyone knew about the event. The night before the tournament the HTC had a work party where we organized the brackets, made signs, and signed up for work stations. While Page Austin, our Lifestyle Manager, supported and helped us, she really let us run and own the event which was awesome.

IMG_8427The HTC as well as other teens worked together to create a fun event for the community. Even the Northlake Police participated in the tournament! There were more than 20 teams that played and more than 100 people spectating! We raised $270 for the North Texas Food Bank, which means the HTC fed 810 people! I was surprised to learn that $1 feeds 3 people. It felt so great to give back.

“It makes you feel good to know that you made a difference in someone’s life. It’s so cool that we were able to feed 810 people just from a community basketball tournament,” said Parker Weitzer, a founding member of the HTC and emcee for the tournament.

The Harvest Teen Council looks forward to doing more events like this to help benefit the community and the North Texas Food Bank.


Hannah is a freshman at Argyle High School. She recently won first place in News Reporting for the Dallas Morning News 26th Annual High School Journalism Day competition. She is also the only freshman to play varsity golf for Argyle High School. When she isn’t practicing golf or doing school work, Hannah enjoys photography, babysitting Harvest kiddos, and hanging with friends.


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May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

Summer is the Hungriest Season for Kids

May 25, 2017
by Diana Carranza

The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

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The summer can be a trying time for the families and children who are facing food insecurity. Many low-income children qualify for free and reduced school lunch and breakfast, but when school is out for the summer, these meals can become less accessible. Fortunately, the North Texas Food Bank partners with the USDA, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and local organizations like St. Philip’s Community Center to provide access to breakfast and lunch for children in need over the summer. You can join us by making a donation today. $1 = 3 meals. 


Each year, St. Philip’s Community Center serves between 100 and 150 kids through its after-school program. Attendance is highest during the summer when many of these boys and girls lose all access to free or reduced-priced meals at their schools.

At the Center, children engage in a variety of fun activities — including basketball and football. LaSheryl Walker, the community outreach coordinator at St. Philip’s, says kids often come for the sports and stay for the meals. For LaSheryl, this partnership with the Food Bank is a win-win.

“[When] we’re able to provide a meal for [the kids], they can find out about some of the other activities we have, as well,” says LaSheryl.

In her time serving at St. Philip’s, LaSheryl has seen the impact your gifts make on the community. She says most parents work hard and still don’t make enough money to feed their children every day. But with your help, boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry have full stomachs when their parents pick them up at the end of the day.

According to LaSheryl, the meals provide a time for structure where the kids can sit down, focus and be still. By practicing these important skills during the summer, they’re likely to have fewer behavioral problems during the new school year.

“You have no idea what it means for the kids to receive these meals,” she says. “Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

Give Now

 

 


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