What is NES?

The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is committed to empowering partners in our diverse feeding network to achieve their missions of meeting urgent needs and creating lasting change in their communities. Through Network Engagement Services (NES), NTFB will collaborate with our network to identify needs and offer targeted resources and trainings that will assist our partners in strengthening their fundraising, marketing, advocacy and volunteer efforts. Some examples of services to be provided through NES:

  • Monthly emails exploring relevant topics and offering tools and resources
  • Webinars and virtual trainings with subject matter experts and other partners
  • In-person meetings and discussions to collaborate with NTFB partners
  • Customized services and development planning opportunities

Check out the video recording of our kickoff event below to learn more about NES!


The holiday season can be a critical time for fundraising. According to NeonOne, nearly one-third of annual giving occurs in December. With so many holidays and family activities centered in November and December, “giving back” is often top of mind for many donors during this season. Check out our tips and tricks, and some examples of what NTFB’s fundraising team has done to cultivate individual and corporate donors during the holidays by clicking on the fundraising button above!

Agency Spotlight: Christian Community Action (CCA)

Cca Pantry

Christian Community Action (CCA) has been serving the Lewisville area since 1973 and became an NTFB partner in September 1990. In addition to its neighbor choice food pantry, the agency provides financial assistance, a Kids Eat Free summer feeding program, back to school backpack supplies, a Christmas Cheer gift program, a Golden Angels elderly program, GED/ESL classes, vocational skills, computer skills, financial literacy and job fairs. In its 30+ year partnership with the NTFB, CCA has always been willing to collaborate with the Food Bank. CCA hosts a flex hub for Denton County, has piloted many NTFB initiatives, such as our container pantry program, and Trent Smith, its Director of Operations, is an active member on our Partner Agency Council.

This year, CCA is working with NTFB on Network Engagement Services (NES) and serving as a pilot to craft a new strategic development plan for the organization. CCA has some significant goals for their upcoming 50NS anniversary, including building out a new mid-level and major-level giving program, hiring at least two more development team members and increasing their overall fundraising by at least 10%. Its CEO, Gilbert Montez, and his team have offered to provide their honest feedback and influence to help the Food Bank evaluate this process to ensure we improve when working with other partners in the future.

We are so grateful that Christian Community Action is always willing to try new things in order to improve and to assist NTFB and our network partners. We are excited to be able to offer them this opportunity! Congratulations, CCA!