The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 4, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Page: 2 of 11
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The University News
September 29, 2009 — 3
Dinner and Discourse talks hunger
This past week at Dinner anc!
Discourse, Christine Carter, public
relations coordinatorforthe North
Texas Food Bank (NTFB), discussed the
problem of hunger in the community.
Carter began her presentation by
showing a brief video that interviewed
both those in need and members of the
community who were making an effort to
help meet their needs. The video stressed
that it is a common misconception that
only homeless people go hungry. Many
working-class Americans live in "food
insecure" households, meaning that
they often do not know from where their
next meal will come. In Texas alone,
one in five children live in food insecure
households. The video then urged the
audience to join the North Texas Food
Bank's initiative and "work to close the
gap on hunger."
Carter explained that the NTFB is a
not-for-profit organization that functions
as the hub of food acquisition and
distribution center for hundreds of groups
who serve 53,000 needy families a month
in the North Texas area. NTFB is under
the umbrella of the larger organization
"It is a great experience for me to
work at the food bank," Carter said,
addingthat in her job in public relations,
she hears many stories of people in need.
"What I do, spreading the news, helps
these people indirectly."
She then detailed some of the
programs that the NTFB has organized
to meet the needs of the hungry. The
Backpack program was begun to
extend the school lunch program to
provide needy children with food for
the weekends. "Each kid gets a generic
looking backpack so that they do not
stand out, and then the principle each
week will call all of them to the gym to
get kid-friendly food for the weekend,"
Carter said. "Students are so excited and
happy [to receive the backpacks and
food]. Imagine you are an 11-year-old
with three younger siblings who depend
on you for food. No one should have to
do that." The Backpack program, she said,
helps feed children and allows "kids to be
kids." The school meal program has also
been extended into the summer.
Carter said that the NTFB realized
this need when they heard stories of
children eating balloons, crayon labels
and food off the cafeteria floor. "A teacher
asked a little girl why she ate the crayon,
and the little girl said 'because my tummy
doesn't hurt then,'" Carter said, adding
that the food bank has seen a 30 percent
increase of needy people across the
nation. "Even people who are used to
making six-figure salaries are now forced
to rely on food stamps."
There are many more outreach
programs, Carter continued, including
food stamp assistance. "Food stamps
help, but many people have to wait
100 days for their applications to be
processed," she said. "Meanwhile, what
is a mother going to do during those
hundred days to feed her kids?"
Carter then went on to explain about
the campaign, "Close the Gap." Started
three years ago, this program focuses
on closing the gap between need and
access. Its goal is to reach 50 million
meals by 2011. This goal, however, did
not anticipate the recession.
Carter shared that it was great to
work on the campaign and to reach out
to those in need and added that, as a
Christian herself, it was good to know
that her work was helping someone
else. She asked her audience to join the
effort. "With every dollar received, we
can provide four meals because of the
efficiency of our teams," she said. She
suggested that students or clubs hold food
"Ti ;e need is greater, so we need more
volunteers," Carter added. "If you can't
donate, you can volunteer." Volunteers at
the facility box and sort food to be sent
to distribution centers. Those who do
not have time to volunteer can "always
spread the word about the food bank,"
Carter suggested. I he NTFB is only 15
minutes away from UD, Carter said, and
emphasized again that one dollar equals
four meals for the hungry.
"I encourage you to help because
you never know who's in need, and it can
happen to anyone. It is good to think of
others before yourself."
To learn more about the NTFB, to
contact Carter for volunteer or donation
efforts, or to schedule a tour, visit www.
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Nelson, Heather. The University News (Irving, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 4, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 29, 2009, newspaper, September 29, 2009; Irving, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201505/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Dallas.