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TASTE OF THE NFL – THE ULTIMATE DALLAS COWBOYS TAILGATE PARTY was a huge success in its first year. Hosted at Abacus Restaurant by Dallas Cowboys linebacker La’Roi Glover, the event drew a crowd of 400 guests. Celebrity chefs from around the country, including Abacus’ own Kent Rathbun and Pastry Chef Rick Griggs; Shin Tsujimara of Next Door Nobu, New York City; Jack McDavid of Jack’s Firehouse, Philadelphia; and Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Atlanta prepared delicious gourmet barbeque and desserts. Several Dallas Cowboy players, Cheerleaders and Dallas Desperado Dancers were there to support hunger relief with local band Le Freak. All proceeds from the event, including ticket sales, silent auction sales and individual donations benefited the North Texas Food Bank and totaled $60,072! Thank you to event sponsors Schepps Dairy, American Foodservice, Sub-Zero Wolf and Lockheed Martin. Thank you also to the Dallas Cowboys and Abacus Restaurant.

HUNGER AWARENESS DAY PRESENTED BY ALBERTSONS spanned two days in North Texas this year. On June 6, leaders from Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Muslim faith groups joined the North Texas Food Bank and Thanks-Giving Square for an Interfaith Convocation on Hunger. There was music and dancing and each faith group presented from its sacred text the importance of feeding the hungry. June 7 was the Day of Service and 150 volunteers came to the Food Bank to help sort and box food items that would become meals for hungry North Texans. It was a fun-filled day with food and music that made an impact on the community. The Day of Service was sponsored by Albertsons, Southwest Airlines, Rent-A-Center, Credit Suisse First Boston, EDS and A-Affordable Insurance. The total amount raised in North Texas for Hunger Awareness Day was $23,000!

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE LOCALLY SPONSORED BY KROGER was the largest one-day food drive in the nation for the thirteenth year running. City of Dallas residents were encouraged to leave nonperishable food items next to their mailboxes on May 14 for their letter carriers to pick up. All 97,987 pounds of food collected and $6,142 in donations benefited the North Texas Food Bank and its Member Agencies. Because summer is the hungriest season for children who receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, this food drive is very timely! We’d like to give a special thank you to Kroger for being the first local sponsor for this annual drive.

Member Agency Communities in Schools

Vickery Meadows Elementary Nasha Book, Campus Manager

A family was evicted and could not afford to buy food for the week while in the process of moving. They were extremely appreciative of the food and I was able to provide extra food to them for that one week. I thank you for the continued support, especially for the food!

Two of our students are homeless. This program has provided them with much need food during this stressful time. We deeply appreciate this wonderful program.

The start of the New Year normally begins anew with everyone, especially for one special family. The Vickery Meadows neighborhood is known as a transient

neighborhood, catering to the influx of Mexican families. One family left devastating conditions in Mexico with high hopes of starting over in Dallas.

With only the clothes on their backs, they were welcomed to the neighborhood through an area homeless shelter that provided them with money to obtain an apartment. And that is all they had, one pair of clothes and a one-bedroom apartment for a family of six. Luckily, the Counselor referred the two siblings that were newly enrolled at Vickery Meadows Elementary in the “Food 4 Kids” program. After reviewing their living conditions and assessment, I knew the entire family was in need of food above all else. From the previous week, I had several bags of food left over. I was able to provide this family with much needed food. Since then, each week, the brother and sister eagerly wait in line to receive their bag of food. I have continued to receive gratitude especially from that family, but also from all the families participating in the program!

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