North Texas Food Bank benefits from Dallas company’s generosity

February 20, 2013 by  

The North Texas Food Bank (NFTB) is to receive $300,000 over the next three years from Dean Foods, a company based in Dallas.

In 2010, the company pledged the same amount to the food bank, making the largest corporate foundation gift ever received by the NFTB. More than $1,080,000 has been donated by Dean Foods and the Dean Foods Foundation since 2004 to the food bank. The company holds the record for appearing as a partner for programs dealing with child hunger, a vulnerable area according to the North Texas Food Bank’s president and CEO Jan Pruitt.

The NFTB has programs in 13 counties of North Texas, distributing prepared foods which have been donated and purchased to people who need it the most. The non-profit organization helps seniors, children, and families with education, research, advocacy, and partnerships, like the one with Dean Foods. Over 47 million meals were distributed by the organization during 2012. The gift from Dean Foods will provide around 256,250 meals for the School Pantry and Food 4 Kids programs.

Employees of Dean Foods also volunteer at the organization, with 3,131 hours of service between them. Food is also donated by the company, in addition to the money. As the organization requires even more help, local printing services may be utilized to raise awareness of the North Texas Food Bank and the companies partnering it. According to the CEO of Dean Foods, Gregg Tanner, the company is proud to be partnered with the organization.