North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank is a social benefit organization located in Dallas Texas. The organization distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of nearly 1,000 feeding programs and 262 Partner Agencies in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.
Generous contributions of food products, funds and volunteer service support 14 programs of the north texas food bank. These programs benefit approximately 1,000 feeding and education locations 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 form our partner agencies come from a variety of economic and social backgrounds. The seniors, children and families we serve may be your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends or even your family. Many of them are the working poor, they have jobs but still struggle to make ends meet. 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 the seniors that we serve struggle to find enough money to pay for the medications that they need, deciding to forgo these necessary prescriptions in order to pay for food. Many of those served by our partner agencies have recently lost their jobs, through no fault of their own. Others are dealing with overwhelming healthcare expenses. Natural disasters can play a part in straining an already over extended income.
In 2000, ntfb became the first commodity supplemental food program (known locally as people and nutrition, or pan) distributor in texas. The program provides monthly food packages to low-income senior citizens who meet certain requirements. Each month, 8,075 participants receive an estimated 32 pounds of usda commodities at 105 pan distribution sites in dallas, denton, collin, delta, ellis, fannin, hunt, kaufman and rockwall counties. Pan is a partnership of the u.s. Department of agriculture, texas department of agriculture and ntfb.
The food 4 kids program feeds hungry students when they are the most vulnerable on the weekends when school feeding programs are closed. Food 4 kids provides children with backpacks of nutritious food every friday throughout the school year. Each backpack contains kid-friendly snacks carefully selected by our registered dietitian to provide two-thirds of a childs weekend nutritional needs. In the 2016-2017 school year, food 4 kids provided 9,951 children with 283,340 backpacks, the equivalent of 944,467 meals. After participating in food for kids, children improved significantly on these measures: exhibited fewer behaviors associated with food insecurity, talked less frequently about issues related to food insecurity, were judged to be more emotionally healthy, and performed better academically.