Deborah: This experience has made such a difference in my life. I feel like I can make a difference, and I want to make a difference for hunger in the Metroplex.
Karen: The first time we interacted with the North Texas Food Bank we were really in the need of assistance and help. It's not often that you find people like that that are willing to lend a hand without knowing you.
Jan: The mission statement of the North Texas Food Bank is to passionately pursue a hunger free America. We want to have the right food, in the right place, at the right time, because hunger can happen at any time for families. Currently 170,000 meals per day are distributed through the North Texas Food Bank and our partner agencies.
Marjorie: The North Texas Food Bank has made a huge impact in the growth of our food pantry. The variety that we've had here has changed from a can and box type pantry to obviously we have fresh produce. It's anyone that needs food. We want to make sure that no one is hungry in our area.
Jan: The North Texas Food Bank is probably best known for our food pantry network. What people may not know about are our specific programs like the Food 4 Kids program, where 11,000 children receive a backpack every Friday to guarantee their nutrition over the weekend.
Melany: The first time I got the backpack it was exciting. Everybody in the house gathered around. We opened it up. We saw granola. We saw milk. We saw cereal. My favorite things that are in the bag is the orange juice and the granola, because the granola is so good. This program actually helped out my family because I started eating healthier snacks, it actually made me eat healthier food.
Jan: The other program is Nourishing Neighbors. We can take food directly to the home of a senior, by volunteers.
Deborah: When I started the Nourishing Neighbors program I had a route of five people and the last lady on my route was Helen Barge, this woman that had this wonderful smile, and there was just this immediate connection between the two of us.
Helen: It's difficult for me because I'm here at home all the time now. Almost seventy-four years I'm here and grateful and I enjoy the food. We have oatmeal, I have corn in the can, no salt, which is good. It's very healthy for me. This program has helped me so much because, without this, I wouldn't be able to have food. The people that you all send by my house, they are so nice to me and they are good to me. I feel real good about that. I'm grateful to know that someone else is thinking of others.
Jan: Our vision for the future is that there is no meal gap in our community. Currently, we need to provide 92,000,000 nutritious meals to people in need. We're about two thirds of the way there, but we need to get all the way to the goal. What I'd like to say to North Texas Food Bank volunteers and donors is we can't do it without you. Donations are turned into food and resources for people in need. That makes a difference in our community.
Speaker 2: There's a meal on the table because of you.
Karen , Melany: Thank you!
Speaker 3: Thank you for fighting hunger.
Speaker 4: Thank you for making a difference.
Speaker 5: Thank you!