DALLAS, Nov. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) hosted a special event on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at its Perot Family campus in Plano to celebrate sponsorship of the Nihao Food Bank Initiative for a food distribution truck through the holidays. The Nihao Food Bank Initiative (Nihao) is a Chinese-American grassroots volunteer-led movement. Its goal is to raise awareness of hunger in North Texas, increase community engagement among Chinese Americans, and channel resources to NTFB to help end hunger.
Since launching in May 2021, Nihao has engaged over 475 members and raised more than $183,000 and volunteered 2,100 hours at NTFB’s camp, fundraisers and community events like the recent Dragon Boat Race and Irving Lantern Festival. In addition, Nihao started a youth ambassador program and now has 96 dedicated high school students who volunteer and fundraise for NTFB.
“We are so grateful for the support of organizations like Nihao who recognize the growing problem of hunger and are looking for innovative ways to contribute to the organizations that are tackling this complex problem,” said NTFB President and CEO Trisha Cunningham. “In just a short time, they have made a significant contribution to our hunger relief mission and are mentoring the next generation of community leaders through their youth ambassador program.”
Nihao was founded by Jane Li, Director of Operations at Siemens Logistics, James Huang, Managing Partner at EA Insurance and Financial Services, Bing Xie, former Executive Officer and SVP of Global Sales and Applications at Texas Instruments.
“We are excited to introduce the Nihao truck co-branded with North Texas Food Bank,” said Bing Xie, co-founder of Nihao. “This traveling billboard will highlight how the Chinese American community is working with NTFB to provide access to nutritious food for the more than 700,000 people starving in North Texas and will serve as a visual reminder of what community groups are fighting and when the hunger can do you come together to make a difference. For Nihao members, it is just part of our continued effort to mobilize and engage the already civil-minded Chinese-American community.”
Last week, the North Texas Food Bank recognized Nihao as the top community group to raise funds and collect peanut butter for their annual peanut butter drive. For the second year in a row, they hosted a community competition and held several promotions during the peanut butter campaign. That year, they raised $25,876 and donated over 5,000 pounds of peanut butter.
About the North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a premier nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger that sources, packages and distributes food through a diverse network of more than 400 nutrition partners, including food supplies and community organizations in 13 North Texas counties. The organization also provides groceries to children, seniors, and families through various drop-shipping programs, including mobile pantries.
In its most recent fiscal year, NTFB provided access to nearly 137 million nutritious meals, a 9% increase from the previous year. In response to the ongoing heightened hunger crisis, the organization has launched a $500 million campaign, Nourish North Texas, to provide more food for today and hope for tomorrow by addressing the food security barriers our neighbors face are.