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By Brian Thomson

Did you know that nearly 1 in 4 North Texas children live in food insecure households?

UntitledDespite conventional belief, not all people that need food assistance are necessarily poor or impoverished. Many seniors choose between buying food and paying for medicine, or health care. Some families may need temporary food assistance due to job loss, financial emergency or family emergencies. Whatever the reasons, North Texas affluence and economic success does not eliminate the growing needs of helping our fellow citizens know when and where their next meal is coming from.

Source: North Texas Food Bank (ntfb.org)

There are many exciting and rewarding opportunities to assist in the fight against hunger in North Texas! The citizens of North Texas are fortunate to choose from a wide variety of resources and activities to assist others in need of food assistance. Many people are not aware of how they can help!

Participate in a May 2015 Event

May 2, 2015: D Magazine’s Grillfest 2015- The Shops at Park Lane Dallas, TX

  • Dallas’ popular celebrity chefs John Tesar and Kent Rathburn will turn newly completed The Park at the Shops at Park Lane into the most gourmet BBQ backyard in town; enjoy eating, entertainment and shopping; Adults $35 and Kids 12 and under $20

May 3, 2015: Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party- AT&T Stadium Arlington, TX

  • The 2015 Taste of the NFL will be held at AT&T Stadium. Featuring past and present Dallas Cowboys, Abacus restaurant owner Kent Rathburn and other local DFW hottest chefs and silent auction; General Admission $150/person

May 9, 2015: Stamp out Hunger- USPS National Association Letter Carriers Food Drive DFW Metroplex

  • This is the 22nd Annual Postal Carrier Food Drive. Carriers collect canned foods and non-perishable items from your residence or mailbox. They will pickup and deliver food to the North Texas regional food bank.

May 17, 2015: Night out on 15- Historic Downtown Plano & 15th St. Plano, TX

  • This is a community table event in Historic downtown Plano. Sit under the lights and stars on the bricks of 15th St. Enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by Downtown Plano Chefs.

Volunteer with an Organization

Feed Texas is a statewide organization representing the statewide Texas hunger needs. There are opportunities to volunteer with a regional food bank like the North Texas Food Bank that represents a large region of North Texas. There are also local community civic nonprofit food pantries with city ties. Or even closer to the neighborhoods are churches, schools and food drives.

Donate Food or Money

There are plenty of opportunities to donate food to your local food bank or food pantry. This is available anytime of year and is especially appreciated around large holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas season. Any financial donation is welcome and according to the North Texas Food Bank $1 feeds 3 people. You can donate with food contributions all the way to a $2,500 Table reservation at the NFL Tailgate Party. There are also many corporate partners that can be utilized.

Become an Advocate

Becoming an advocate for Hunger and Food Insecurity is a very noble endeavor as well. Become familiar with your local representatives in community organizations. This can be from a neighborhood association to a church or local city government. You can also contact your federal legislators in the Senate or House of Representative to encourage them to continue funding programs and initiatives that end hunger.

No community in North Texas escapes the need for additional assistance in fighting hunger. There are many opportunities to contribute to area food banks and food pantries. I encourage you to research a place you can make a difference in the Fight to end Hunger in North Texas. Attend, Volunteer, Donate or become an Advocate!