As more people struggle to put food onto their tables, the North Texas Food Bank has set out to connect with communities to help alleviate these issues of hunger. 

“The face of hunger is not who you think it is,” said Jan Pruitt, Ellis county native and president of the North Texas Food Bank. “It could be your own neighbor.” 

The North Texas Food Bank is hosting the Ellis County Hunger Summit from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Elected officials, community leaders and guests are all encouraged to attend. The NTFB desires to hear from the public’s standpoint: It wants to know what the possible solutions are and how it can help make those solutions happen.

Asked about the main goal for the event, Pruitt said, “We want you to educate us about your community.”

Oftentimes in rural communities, the need is not recognized because there may not be homeless people throughout the city or along the sides of the streets. Nonetheless, Pruitt said, the fact is 91 percent of the food distributions from the North Texas Food Bank go to non-homeless people.

“We think that the hunger in places like Waxahachie, Ennis and Red Oak is a lot more invisible,” she said. “It takes a community being very aware that hunger exists in all of our communities.” The issue of hunger isn’t restricted to urban areas such as Dallas, it’s a problem that occurs everywhere, she said.

Since 1982, the North Texas Food Bank, ranked one of the top nonprofit organizations in Dallas/Fort Worth, has been addressing hunger issues throughout 13 counties in North Texas. It has 14 programs that aid in the distribution of food and in the education of communities on issues of hunger. Having given almost 45 million meals in the last fiscal year, NTFB’s goal is to be able to provide 50 million meals this year.  

For more information, contact Kristin Bowman at kbowman@ntfb.org or call 214-269-0695.