Dear North Texas Food Bank Friends and Supporters:
There is something in every strong community that binds it together...it is not only geography. Community is a choice.
I believe our North Texas neighborhood is bound together by people who choose to share of themselves for the greater good. At the Food Bank, we see again and again how generous this community can be with its gifts of food, time and financial resources.
It has been a great honor for me to serve as the president of the Board of Directors for the North Texas Food Bank in a year that has seen such an outpouring of graciousness from this North Texas community.
The Food Bank theme that so aptly characterized 2005 was “Love Your Neighbor. Feed Your Neighbor.” By sharing what we have with those who have less, we enable people in need to find hope and establish ownership in our community. When we give, we help the hungry and disenfranchised become empowered to build an even stronger community for all of us.
And while we have made significant progress, there is still much work to be done.
Of the three million people living in the Food Bank’s 13-county service area, approximately 377,600 are living below the poverty line, and of those, 164,000 are children. These are all people at risk of hunger.
Those whom we serve often have jobs, but do not make enough money to pay for transportation, rent, utilities and food. Others are elderly and struggle each month to pay for medicine and nutrition with just one Social Security check.
No one North Texan has the same story as another, but whatever the situation, there is no reason why anyone should go hungry – there is plenty of food to go around. And I hope you will continue to stand with us as we move forward in the spirit of love to uncover more and more resources to feed our hungry neighbors.
I am grateful on behalf of the thousands who have been helped by generous giving from our community. Thank you for sharing of yourself to build a stronger North Texas.
Larry Lavine President