Valerie Hawthorne

NTFB Advocacy Day 2023 Recap

One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of anti-hunger work is advocating for the needs of our organization and of our neighbors facing hunger to our state law makers....
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Families and Food Bank Brace for Expiration of SNAP Emergency Allotments

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, provides financial assistance to help low-income individuals and families purchase food. It is considered the nation’s first line of...
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SNAP Application Backlog Impacts Neighbors at Critical Time

At the North Texas Food Bank, our Social Services Assistance team speaks to our neighbors every day, and that is how we met Susan.* Susan and her husband renewed their...
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NTFB Prepares for Increased Demand with Expiration of Expanded Child Tax Credit

January marks the first month that Americans will not be receiving their expanded child tax credit check, leaving millions of families unable to meet basic nutritional needs. Beginning in July...
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Expanded Tax Credit is Reducing Child Hunger – But It Can Do Much More

Last week, Congress voted to proceed on a transformative bill that would, among other things, keep a potent new weapon in the fight against child hunger. The expanded Child Tax...
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New SNAP Law Marks End of the 87th Texas Legislative Session

On May 31, 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature session came to an end. During this meeting, law makers, advocates, lobbyists, and the public developed and worked on pieces of legislation...
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NTFB Legislative Priorities

The North Texas Food Bank continually works with local, state and federal officials to advance policies that address the complexities that can lead to hunger. Advocacy work is vital to...
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Thankful Series: Advocacy Partners

This year will certainly be remembered for its challenges. But it will also be known for those who eased the burden for others and for the resiliency of our communities. As...
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Food Security 2020: Crisis and Sustainability

The North Texas Food Bank recently hosted a virtual meeting on Food Security: Crisis and Sustainability to discuss and answer questions from NTFB supporters. Director of Government Relations, Dr. Valerie...
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Providing an Essential Service

Dallas County Shelter in Place: For purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means: Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and...
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