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Born and raised in Dallas, Kristi Anderson graduated from University of Texas Dallas with a B.A. in Psychology. She is creative and has a passion for charity, volunteering to plan multiple charity galas and events. She works in Marketing and Advertising and can be found exploring new Dallas restaurants, boutiques and the music scene.

Recap: Holidays Without Hunger: North Texas Food Bank Holiday Giving Guide Launch

On November 12, 2014, The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) unveiled its first annual Holidays Without Huger: North Texas Food Bank Holiday Giving Guide. This holiday-themed launch event went underway at the NTFB distribution center, with appearances from Santa and his elves, volunteers helping to sort food items, and a Food Pantry client, Stephanie Whit shared a personal, inspiring story of being a single mom, and disabled veteran who found hope through NTFB’s help. Stephanie stated, “We had been living off of noodle soup for weeks when my four-year old stopped eating, begging for something else. That’s when I went to North Texas Food Bank and our Community Pantry for help–they provided nourishing food and I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel! Thanks to generous supporters, I am able to make dinner for my children during this difficult time.”

Photo Credit: ntfb.org

Photo Credit: ntfb.org

The Holiday Giving Guide features a number of ways to help donate and provide food onto tables for families, children, and seniors who are in need, not only this holiday season, but throughout the entire year.  Some of the ways mentioned in the guide are for citizens to make a donation to help support critical programs like Food 4 Kids. Some items include:

  • NTFB Holiday Cards
  • Food 4 Kids Backpack – sponsor a student
  • Pallet of Produce – to feed families in need
  • Produce Distribution Truck contribution
  • Electric Pallet Jack contribution ( and other warehouse equipment)

North Texas Food Bank’s holiday fundraising goal needed to sustain the food distribution throughout North Texas is $7.5 million. As Jan Pruitt, NTFB president and CEO stated, “While some people wish for the hottest toys, the latest gadgets, or new clothes during the holiday, far too many just hope to put food on the table during this important season. So we are unveiling our first Holidays Without Hunger: North Texas Food Bank Holiday Giving Guide, as a festive way for people to give and help our neighbors in need.”

To make a donation, or to learn more about this program, visit here. Everyone’s donation makes a large difference. Some numbers for everyone to remember:

Every $1 donated provides 3 meals for hungry North Texans

1 in every 4 children in North Texas are at risk of going hungry

NTFB provides access to 170,000 meals a day BUT the need now is 250,000.

photo credit: ntfb.org

photo credit: ntfb.org

Jan Pruitt ended with the following thoughts, and ones we all should consider,”There’s no greater gift than one that also gives to others. Consider making a corporate to NTFB in someone’s honor or memory this holiday season, and know that your generosity will help to ensure that others do not go hungry this holiday season.”

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