FY20: The Year of Community
While most celebrated the New Year just a few days ago, at the North Texas Food Bank, we welcomed our new (fiscal) year on July 1. With the start of each new fiscal year, just as many make resolutions, at the Food Bank, our team selects an annual theme, words to guide our work and our focus during the months ahead. This year in FY20, we selected; The Year of Community.
Now let me clarify: our critical work at the Food Bank has always been focused on our community. Serving our hungry neighbors in need, has, and forever will be, at the center of all that we do. Add to that our valued partnerships and collaborations with volunteers, civic partners, corporations and many others, and it’s easy to see that our organization rests firmly on the foundation of engaging, serving and strengthening our community.
As we considered the current environment in North Texas – we set two primary goals with our theme: provide more meals than ever before, while raising more funds than ever before, all to advance our efforts in closing the hunger gap in our community. We know that far too many in our community face hunger day in and day out. We also know that our community is comprised of neighbors and organizations who are determined to stop this heartbreaking cycle of food insecurity. All this to say, at the North Texas Food Bank, this is our year to help more neighbors overcome hunger, with more help from neighbors who are committed to this important cause.
Next we set four key priorities: Foster Team Excellence, Engage the Community, Serve the Community and Strengthen our Infrastructure. Already in motion are several new initiatives and efforts to help propel us toward reaching our goals, and I am confident that together, we can provide our neighbors with more nutritious food this year.
This is our Year of Community, but really it is The Year of Brianna, a single mom of four who recently brought a homeless neighbor with her to a local food pantry within our Feeding Network. This is The Year of Glenn, a neighbor who volunteers at the same Partner Agency where he receives food assistance. The Year of Dan, a NTFB warehouse volunteer who shared with our staff that his mother once depended on food from our senior programs.
And I hope this can be your year – The Year of You, our North Texas neighbor who joins us in our commitment to end hunger. Because when our community stands together against hunger, I know we will provide more nutritious meals than ever before.
To learn how you can help fight hunger in our community, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.
President and CEO, North Texas Food Bank