After nearly two years without the State Fair of Texas, the staple event will be back starting on September 24th. The fair will be open until October 17th, and management is giving nonprofits across the state a chance to make a difference.
On opening day, the North Texas Food Bank is going to be at the gates to fight hunger. Anyone can bring two jars of peanut butter to donate and they will get $10 admission for the day. NBC 5 will also be there as part of their Fighting Hunger campaign in partnership with the Food Bank.
Every Wednesday during the fair, the TV station will be taking part in the food bank’s ‘Feed the Need’ program. In order to participate, visitors just have to bring five canned goods to donate at the gates. After doing so, they will get $5 admission.
All of the donations will go straight to the North Texas Food Bank. The mission of the Food Bank is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing ingredients for nutritious meals to those in need.
NTFB was founded in 1982 by Jo Curtis, Kathryn Hall, Lorraine Griffin Kircher, and Liz Minyard. Soon, they began disturbing food donations through their network of organizations.
“Over the decades, the impact of hunger has grown,” NBC 5 reported. “As NTFB entered the new century, the face of hunger changed as the economic downturn led to North Texans at every income level seeking food assistance. Today, NTFB continues the fight against hunger as a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers, distributes them through more than 200 food banks.”
The State Fair of Texas is a nonprofit organization that works to give back to the community each year.
According to NBC, “The Fair gives back through its partnerships with charities like the North Texas Food Bank, provides 2.1 million free admission tickets for North Texas students and teachers, sponsors local community programs, gives college scholarships, hosts more than 1,100 creative competitions, provides 6,000 seasonal jobs, and adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the North Texas economy.”
NBC 5 is acting as the media sponsor for the ‘Feed The Need’ food drive during the state fair. The North Texas Food Bank is also working toward providing 3.6 million meals during North Texas Giving Day on September 23rd. In addition to food donations, the NTFB is always looking for more volunteers to donate their time.
“Connecting with the participants and experiencing their evolution during the Cooking Matters program has been our favorite aspect of volunteering,” volunteers Aamina and Rachel said in a testimonial.