The donation will allow the Plano-based food bank to serve an estimated 300,000 meals to North Texans, many of whom are turning to this food resource for the first time, the organization said May 22 in a new release.
“This generous gift couldn’t come at a better time, and we already put these funds toward purchasing more healthy food for our neighbors in need,” said Trisha Cunningham, the president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank.
The nonprofit has been preparing 60,000 meal boxes a week, it said. It distributes them to pantries and soup kitchens throughout the area and partners with other organizations to get the boxes to residents in need.
Before the coronavirus crisis hit the area, the nonprofit estimated about 800,000 people in the region were food insecure. That number is now “exponentially higher” with more people losing their jobs during the pandemic and associated shutdowns, according to the release.
To learn more about the food bank’s efforts to address food insecurity in the region, visit its website.