DALLAS (SMU) - While SMU celebrates its Centennial, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is commemorating 30 years of service to the North Texas community. SMU has collaborated with the NTFB to launch the "Stampede Against Hunger" campaign.
"The work of the North Texas Food Bank is a vital service to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in our community. SMU is always proud to partner with the food bank and especially during its 30th anniversary this year," SMU President R. Gerald Turner said.
The "Stampede Against Hunger" will build on SMU's strong support for NTFB, connecting campus groups already working with the food bank, as well as encouraging new types of participation for the campus and alumni community. The "Stampede" is NTFB's first university partnership.
Marking the NTFB's 30th anniversary, the Men's and Women's Basketball teams volunteered their time for a shift Thursday night for the 30 hour Sort-A-Thon.
"It was a humbling opportunity to serve our community and help those who need it most," stated junior Mallory Singleton.
The teams spent several hours assembling boxes by sorting and stocking tons of donated food items. By the end of their three-hour shift, the Mustangs had completed 246 boxes accounting for 5,699 pounds of food or 4,749 meals.
Senior London Giles added, "We were on a mission to build as many boxes as we could. They turned on the music and we took on the challenge. It was a great opportunity to give back to my hometown."
The NTFB is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization which leads the fight against hunger with knowledge-based strategies to distribute donated, purchased, and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2012, NTFB provided access to more than 47 million nutritious meals, a 45% increase year-over-year. Founded in 1982, the year 2012 marks NTFB's 30th anniversary. NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). For more information regarding the North Texas Food Bank please visit www.ntfb.org.