About North Texas Food Bank
In 1982, the North Texas Food Bank was established by Jo Curtis, Kathryn Hall, Lorraine Griffin Kircher, and Liz Minyard. They decided to address the critical issue of hunger in their community by distributing donations of surplus food and grocery products through a network of charitable organizations.
This network included 13 counties: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta, and Hopkins. In the first year, 400,000 pounds of food were distributed.
Today, the Food Bank is distributing an exponential amount of food- more than 1 million pounds per week- with a simple vision- create a hunger-free, healthy North Texas. NTFB continues the fight against hunger as a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers, distributes them through more than 200 food banks, and provides food banks with operational support. It also educates the public and government officials about the ongoing problem of hunger.
Their primary role in North Texas is to serve the members agencies of their Feeding Network with an abundance of nutritious foods. They provide their constituents with a variety of fresh foods- especially fresh produce. With the onset of COVID-19, they worked to expand their mobile pantry efforts which distribute healthy foods to their neighbors via a contactless drive-thru model.
On October 23 – 25, NTFB will host its first annual Out Run Hunger Virtual 5k! Register here, then grab your running shoes for a virtual 5K run or walk that you can finish at your own pace and at your favorite outdoor (or indoor) location.
To learn about the North Texas Food Bank, visit their website, and watch this video: