Our Impact

Nearly
Million

meals provided to kids, seniors and families in need in FY19

Over
Million

pounds of fresh produce distributed in 2019

Our Vision

A hunger-free, healthy North Texas. 

Our Mission

To close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food.

Our Effectiveness

Every dollar donated to NTFB provides access to three healthy meals for hungry North Texans, and 94 percent of every dollar goes directly to hunger relief programs.

Our Values

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Integrity

We are accountable, committed, and we strive for excellence.      

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Compassion

We are mission-focused, passionate, and advocates for those who need us. 

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Collaboration

We are innovative, team players and committed to respecting others. 

Our History

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In 1982, the North Texas Food Bank was established by Jo Curtis, Kathryn Hall, Lorraine Griffin Kircher and Liz Minyard. They decided to address the critical issue of hunger in our community by distributing donations of surplus food and grocery products through a network of charitable organizations.

This network included 13 counties: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins. In the first year, 400,000 pounds of food were distributed.

In 1983, members of NTFB’s organizing committee joined members of the Texas Legislature to help pass the Good Faith Donor Act, which protected donors from liability of donations or donated product. After this, many more North Texans were inspired to donate.

Over the decades, the impact of hunger has grown. As NTFB entered the new century, the face of hunger changed as the economic downturn led to North Texans at every income level seeking food assistance.

Today, NTFB continues the fight against hunger as a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers, distributes them through more than 200 food banks and provides food banks with operational support. It also educates the public and government officials about the ongoing problem of hunger.