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NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK NAMES "DISHING OUT GRATITUDE"
Reception held at Ritz-Carlton,
Dallas, June 23, 2011
Dallas, June 29, 2011 — The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) announced the recipients of the annual Dishing Out Gratitude Awards at an event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, on Thursday night, June 23, 2011. The Ritz-Carlton was the 2009 winner of the Corporate Innovator of the Year Award.
The awards were presented to individuals and corporations that have embraced and advanced NTFB's five core values: (1) do what needs to be done; (2) do what is right with urgency; (3) steward and leverage resources with integrity and in an authentic, transparent way; (4) respect diversity of individuals, thought and viewpoints; and (5) celebrate passion for our world and the people who live in it.
NTFB also presented Innovator Awards, which are given to a corporation, a community partner and an individual for finding new ways to impact the success of NTFB in a significant way. Golden Fork Awards also were bestowed on a corporate partner and an individual for sustained and ongoing hunger relief efforts.
"These individuals and corporations are the life blood of the North Texas Food Bank, especially at such a difficult economic time," said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of NTFB. "Without the support of these folks, our Food Bank would not be able to provide access to meals for the nearly 25,000 people we reach every day. My gratitude, and that of my staff, cannot be expressed enough."
2011 Dishing Out Gratitude Award Winners
Core Value: Do what needs to be done
Award recipients: Cindy Wenban, Debora Babb, Hannah Stone and Lockheed Martin
Cindy Wenban, Debora Babb and Hannah Stone continue to be true champions for the NTFB, and Lockheed Martin has been a supporter since the 1980s, with total giving of more than $970,000 that complements ongoing volunteerism. Based on Lockheed's multi-faceted and long-time support, this company falls within the top 10% of NTFB corporate supporters.
Core Value: Urgency
Award recipient: Mountain View Church of Christ
Mountain View Church of Christ members are consistently available to volunteer on a moment's notice when NTFB needs extra hands and regularly volunteer once a month to work in our warehouse.
Core Value: Stewardship
Award recipient: Senator Royce West and his Student Advisory Committee (SAC)
Senator West is an avid hunger-relief advocate and, through the work of the SAC, brings in an astonishing number of canned goods. This past year, the SAC food drive provided more than 11,000 pounds of food for the community.
Core Value: Diversity
Award recipient: Carver Heights Baptist Church
Carver Heights Baptist Church has been willing to adapt and change to meet the need in their community by building their capacity. Their leadership took one of NTFB's Agency University courses on changing their distribution model, arranged a tour to a client choice Agency, invested in remodeling their facility, and is now, two years later, one of the Food Bank's largest distributors.
Core Value: Celebrate Passion
Award recipient: Letter Writing Campaign Founders — Pam Beckert, Patsy Fagadau, Diane Buchanan, Rick Andrew
Since 2005, the Letter Writing Campaign has raised $1,172,512 for NTFB's Food 4 Kids program. Food 4 Kids provides backpacks of nutritious, kid-friendly, self-service food to elementary school children most at risk of going hungry over the weekend.
Community Innovator of the Year
Award recipient: Justin Chatigny, Grant Thornton
Chatigny is the community volunteer who created NTFB's invaluable faith-outreach program, Full on Faith and was named Feeding America's national volunteer of the year at the National Summit held in April 2011.
Corporate Innovator of the Year
Award recipient: Walmart
Walmart is one of the country's largest supporters of food banks and Feeding America. This fiscal year alone, Walmart has provided NTFB with more than $122,000.
Individual Innovator of the Year
Award recipient: Vicki Eastland
Vicki, retired from Parish Episcopal School of Dallas, is constantly carrying the NTFB torch to teach children about the issue of hunger and how they can directly help make a positive difference. Her efforts to educate her students about hunger have led to countless Virtual and Canned Food Drives over the last 12 years.
Corporate Golden Fork
Award recipient: ORIX USA
ORIX USA raised more than $120,000 during the 2010 holiday season to benefit our children's programs, one of the largest gifts ever made through employee giving. ORIX USA continues to support NTFB through advocacy and financial support from leadership and employees.
Individual Golden Fork
Award recipients: Mike and Danya Anderson
As a couple, Mike and Danya hosted the Board of Directors fundraising event, "Food for Thought," and served on NTFB's Taste of the NFL Host Committee. In addition, they support NTFB personally and through their Peach Mott Foundation.
Award recipient: Bette Perot
Bette Perot is a Life Board Member and passionate advocate for NTFB. She was instrumental in the Perot' Foundation's transferring ownership of their warehouse to the Food Bank, enabling renovations that increased our capacity by 50 percent. Bette Perot and the Perot family have played a transformative supporting role in our history, allowing us to grow from distributing 400,000 pounds of food in 1982 to a current distribution of more than 50 million pounds.
About the North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 1,184 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Close the Gap is the NTFB's 3-year initiative to unite the community to narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually by 2011.
Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). *Last year, the NTFB provided access to almost 45 million meals through its efforts, 7.7 million meals, or 21 percent more, than the previous year. Each month Member Agency pantries distribute food to nearly 25,000 people every day. Every dollar donated to the NTFB provides three meals for the hungry.
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