Just before Christmas, I chatted with Jan Pruitt, the chief executive officer of the North Texas Food Bank. We had an interesting conversation about the misconceptions of hunger and how food distribution has grown 300 percent over the past 15 years. Pruitt also talked about the food bank's goal of raising $7 million by June, which would allow them to supply 49 million meals to food insecure families in the area.
At that time in early December, the NTFB was $1.4 million behind on that goal.
See also: Interview with Jan Pruitt of the NTFB
I spoke with the NTFB again this week as they are getting ready for their 14th Annual Empty Bowls event, and they are still >$1 million behind on their annual fundraising goal.
So, here are five things to consider:
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2. One dollar in the NTFB-world provides three meals.
3. If you want to get fancy about it, buy a ticket for the Empty Bowls Luncheon at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 where you can enjoy a nice soup lunch and listen to the Young Strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door.
4. All proceeds from the event benefit the NTFB, which provides 130,000 meals a day through a network of 340 agencies and pantries.
5. If soup lunches at the Meyerson aren't your thing, there are lots of other ways to help. The NTFB also needs volunteer hours and cans. Visit their website for more information on how you can help at NTFB.org.