North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

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Posted on July 19, 2011 at 2:28 PM

 

The North Texas Food Bank was established in 1982 to address the critical issue of hunger in the North Texas area. For the last 29 years the NTFB has helped thousands of families in a time of need. The North Texas Food Bank is dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas counties and is able to do so by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations supporting the cause.  In the first year of operation, the Food Bank distributed 400,000 pounds of food! Read on to learn more about the incredible contributions The North Texas Food Bank has made to our community.
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The History Behind North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank was established in 1982 by Liz Minyard, Kathryn Hall, Jo Curtis and Lorraine Griffin Kircher. Their goal was to address the critical issue of hunger in North Texas by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods and grocery products for distribution through a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in 13 North Texas counties: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins.
Members of the North Texas Food Bank's organizing committee became advocates with members of the Texas Legislature for the passage of the Good Faith Donor Act, which protects donors from liability of donated product. With the passage of this act in 1983, many potential donors began actively donating.
The North Texas Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America's Food Bank Network. Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers for distribution through more than 200 certified Food Banks nationally. Feeding America also provides Food Banks with operational standards, training, support and inspection, and educates the public and government officials about the nature and solutions to the problem of hunger
North Texas Food Bank Programs
Your generous contribution of food product, funds and volunteer service supports the many programs of the North Texas Food Bank. These programs benefit over 1,184 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties, including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, after-school programs, senior citizen centers and other social service centers. These agencies receive food from the Food Bank and distribute it to North Texans in need through their pantry and on-site meal programs.
North Texans who seek assistance from our member agencies come from a variety of backgrounds. These individuals and families may be your neighbors, your co-workers, your friends or even your family. Many of them are the working poor. Each month they must pay for transportation, housing and utilities in that order - and then hope that their already-limited resources will cover a month's supply of food for their family. Many of those served by our member agencies have recently lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Others are dealing with overwhelming healthcare expenses. Even natural disasters can play a part in straining an already over- extended income.
Hunger Facts
MISSION: The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) seeks to eliminate Hunger by distributing food and grocery products through a network of nonprofit organizations while providing education and increasing community awareness on issues of Hunger.
NEED: According to the ConAgra Foods Foundation and Feeding America, 24.3 percent of children in Texas are experiencing food insecurity, according to new research released July 1, 2010 by Feeding America. That's nearly 1 in 4 Texans under 18 years of age—or 1.6 million children— that don't have access to the foods that they need to lead active, healthy lives. This means Texas has one of the highest rates of child food insecurity in the nation, virtually tied with Arkansas and Arizona.
•The rate of childhood hunger in Texas has gone up over 2 percentage points since last year's report, which means 163,525 more kids are hungry today. These estimates are expected to rise over the coming years as the full impact of the economic downturn is taken into account.
•According to Feeding America's Hunger Study 2010, The number of NTFB's elderly clients has grown 4 percentage points since 2008 to 13%
•40% of NTFB clients have to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (the national statistic is 30%).
•The number of people NTFB's food pantries serve each month would fill the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium 2 1/2 times to capacity.
How You Can Get Involved
•Share the message – Tell a friend about the need and the NTFB.
•Share your talents – Volunteer at food distribution sites, events or at the warehouse.
•Sponsor a food drive – Host a traditional or virtual on-line food drive at work, or with your faith, school, or civic group.
•Invite NTFB to speak – To your civic, professional, school or faith group.
Volunteer: volunteers are invaluable to the Food Bank. Without volunteer help each year, the NTFB would be unable to provide food to the hundreds of thousands of hungry North Texans it currently serves. Click Here to learn more on volunteering.
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