The DBU Basketball Team has spent its recent off days helping provide food for people in need in North Texas. For three straight Saturdays, players have vounteered for several hours at the North Texas Food Bank.
The North Texas Food Bank provides 25,000 meals a day to families in need. Their mission is to eliminate hunger by distributing food and grocery products through a network of nonprofit organizations while providing education and increasing community awareness on issues of hunger. Relying on the donations of individuals and corporations and the work of volunteers, they can efficiently turn every dollar donated into three meals. From 1982 through June 2011 over ½ billion
pounds of food has been distributed by the North Texas Food Bank. Nearly 1 in 4 Texans under 18 years of age—or 1.6 million children— don’t have access to the foods that they need to lead active, healthy lives. Consistently ranked as one of the top nonprofit organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, the NTFB provided 50 million meals within the last year.
Patriot Basketball players volunteered their time at the NTFB’s 75,000 square foot warehouse sorting donated food and packing outgoing boxes. Over the last three Saturday’s, they have boxed 14,000 meals (over 55,000 pounds of food).
“A big part of our mission at DBU is to develop servant leaders. Working with the Food Bank is another way for us to serve our community and to practice a habit that I hope our players will carry with them the rest of their lives. Not to mention, we had a blast. It’s a wonderful environment to work in, and it’s an added blessing to know how many people will be touched by the food we handled today.