AAOHN Cares: Virtual Food Drive for North Texas Food Bank

AAOHN is once again planning to make a difference in our conference host city by hosting a virtual food drive. Benefitting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), our 2014 virtual food drive is a green alternative to a traditional canned food drive, which costs the food bank about $100 in transportation and processing expenses. The virtual food drive is an online grocery experience that you can access at your desk. Every $1 collected will allow NTFB to provide three meals to hungry North Texans. Visit the virtual food drive site to donate at your convenience between now and the conclusion of the AAOHN 2014 National Conference. Together we’re helping NTFB bring healthier, smarter and stronger solutions to the tables of those most in need!

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Some facts about the North Texas Food Bank and hunger:

  • Every $1 = 3 meals. 93 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs fighting hunger (as opposed to administrative costs). 
  • We have re-doubled our efforts around nutrition, but it is more expensive to provide healthy food to people. Studies show it is up to 17 times more expensive for people to purchase 1,000 calories of whole, unprocessed food (i.e. fresh fruits and vegetables) than it is to purchase processed food (i.e. cheap snacks, fast food).
  • The need continues to increase and has shifted from temporary, emergency assistance to more chronic, longer-term need. Only 9% of the individuals that we serve are homeless. It is not just the unemployed which we all hear about, but the under-employed; hourly workers that were already on the edge that are having their hours cut even more. 
  • The North Texas Food Bank provides access to nearly 175,000 nutritious meals a day, enough to fill Rangers Ballpark in Arlington nearly 3 times to capacity. Although that number is great, there is a need for nearly 300,000 nutritious meals a day to feed hungry people in North Texas. 
  • Since 1982, the NTFB has distributed over 575 million pounds of food to our 13-county North Texas service area. But, the Food Bank's growth has been in stride with the country's heightened rate of food insecurity. The United States is now facing a food insecurity rate of 48.8 million people.