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North Texas Food Bank's New Campaign Aims To Close The Gap Left By The Pandemic

Today the North Texas Food Bank launched Nourish North Texas, an ambitious campaign to raise $500 million by the end of its 2023 fiscal year.

The plan is to raise half a billion dollars in both funds and food donations through new programs and partnerships as part of its strategic plan to combat food insecurity and hunger in North Texas.

"Nourish North Texas allows us to invest in and expand our established feeding network, and to build new bridges to community resources that will help our neighbors move towards food security and self-sufficiency, while ensuring everyone has access to the nutritious food they need to thrive," said Trisha Cunningham, North Texas Food Bank President and CEO.

The area that the North Texas Food Bank serves has the sixth highest number of food insecure people in the nation.

Elements of the campaign include finding new ways to source and distribute food, strengthening relationships with new and current partners, social services, nutrition education, brand development and engaging the North Texas community.

The organization says the COVID-19 pandemic “reversed the last decade’s progress towards
closing the hunger gap.” Through the Nourish North Texas Campaign, the food bank hopes to help rebuild the lost progress and continue bridging the hunger gap.

"Our neighbors in every ZIP code, many of whom were struggling even before the pandemic, are facing increasingly difficult choices everyday," Cunningham said. "Deciding whether to pay for groceries, or other necessities such as medicine or utilities."

To support the Nourish North Texas movement, you can donate, volunteer or become an advocate.

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Haya Panjwani is a general assignment reporter for KUT. She also served as a legislative fellow for The Texas Newsroom during the 2021 legislative session.