Wednesday, August 26, 2009

September & the North Texas Food Bank

With the long summer days quickly coming to a close, our community embarks on the beginning of a new school year. Though most children are looking forward to going back to school to reconnect with their friends, break-in their fresh new school supplies, and to meet and greet their new teachers, there are many children that are excited for school because it means that they will have the ability to eat a normal meal again. Jann Pruitt, President and CEO of of the North Texas Food Bank, wrote that "a recent USDA study sponsored by ConAgra found that Texas leads the nation with the highest percentage of children who are food insecure at 22.1 percent." These statistics are both saddening and frankly, unacceptable.

Supporting the North Texas Food Bank helps break out of this vicious cycle and the shockingly truthful figures. This past June, the charity launched the
Summer Lunch Box program and 12 different sites throughout the Metropolitan Dallas area provided 500-800 boxed lunches to consistently hungry children to help stop the hunger crisis and lessen the burden on their families. Additionally, the Food Bank's Food 4 Kids program allows schools to identify chronically hungry children and sends them home with backpacks full of nutritious, kid-friendly food each Friday to get them through the weekend.
It is certainly your gifts and volunteer time offered towards the North Texas Food Bank that enable their ability to offer nutritious meals of yogurt, fruit, and sandwiches to children in need
and allow programs like this to continue. After all, feeding the future of our city as they embark on the new school year, is certainly a cause worth nourishing.
Save The Dates for September!

September: Hunger Action Month
-9/24: "Everyone Deserves a Place at the Table" at the Haworth Showroom for a tasting party and silent auction benefiting the Food Bank.
- 9/25: "State Fair of Texas" Bring a 20-ounce or larger unopened Coca-Cola product to the State Fair and you'll get in opening day for $4 (9/25). Then, come back every Wednesday (9/30, 10/7, 10/14), bring three canned food items from Kroger, and gain admission into the fair for $1.
- 9/26: "All About Uptown" from 11am-10pm donations in the Kids Korner from Chef James Williams 'secret recipe' chocolate chip cookies will benefit the Food Bank's children's programs.

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