Honoring Jan's Legacy

Jan Pruitt Bio

Jan Pruitt served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank from 1997-2016. Under her leadership, NTFB experienced exceptional growth—and today, provides access to 190,000 meals each day to hungry North Texans. Under Jan's leadership, the North Texas Food Bank embarked on a strategic plan to improve the quality of life in North Texas by increasing the number of annual meals provided to 92 million by 2025. She was the recipient of many awards, including:


  • National Council of Jewish Women's Pioneer Award
  • Dallas Business Journal, Women in Business Award
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, Women in American History Award
  • The Southwest Jewish Congress, Maura Award and Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award
  • Feeding America, John van Hengel Fellowship
  • Dallas Baptist University, Good Samaritan Award
  • Center for Nonprofit Management, Presidential Recognition of the Year award and Award of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership

Prior to her work at the North Texas Food Bank, Jan served as executive director of both the Texas Food Bank Network (now Feeding Texas) and the Lancaster Outreach Center. She is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and was passionate about issues of hunger and social justice. She held many positions of leadership locally and nationally:

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Feeding America
  • Board of Directors, Feeding Texas
  • Board of Directors, Crossroads Community Services 
  • Member, International Women’s Forum
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Three Square Food Bank
  • Member, Board of Directors, Downtown Dallas, Inc.
  • Chair, Technology Governance Board, Feeding America
  • Chair, National Council, Feeding America
  • President, Women’s Council of Greater Dallas County
  • Member, Leadership Dallas

Jan and her husband, Charles, are parents of four grown children and five grandchildren.

In December of 2016, Jan stepped down from her role as President and CEO to focus on her health and family. For more details, click here


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