In 1982 , the North Texas Food Bank was established by Jo Curtis , Kathryn Hall , Lorraine Griffin Kircher , and Liz Minyard . They addressed the critical issue of hunger in our community by distributing donations of surplus food and grocery products — otherwise destined for landfills — through a network of charitable organizations . This network included 13 counties : Collin , Dallas , Delta , Denton , Ellis , Fannin , Grayson , Hopkins , Hunt , Kaufman , Lamar , Navarro , and Rockwall . In the first year , the organization distributed 400,000 pounds of food .
Meals provided , 190,000 per day
Today , the NTFB continues the fight against hunger as one of the top food banks in the 200-member Feeding America Network . The NTFB now provides access to some 70 million nutritious meals annually , and has distributed more than 730 million pounds of food since its founding ! Recently named the second largest North Texas charitable nonprofit by the Dallas Business Journal , the NTFB is the primary source for food and hunger relief in North Texas .
FOOD-INSECURE NORTH TEXANS : By the Numbers
Unduplicated individuals served
73 % 68 % 64 %
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Children in North Texas live in food-insecure households must choose between buying food and paying for UTILITIES OR HEATING FUEL must choose between food and paying for MEDICINE OR MEDICAL CARE must choose between buying food and making a RENT OR MORTGAGE PAYMENT