P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2015
AUSTIN – The North Texas Food Bank awarded Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as Hunger Ambassador of the Year during their recent Golden Fork Awards.
"During this holiday season the North Texas Food Bank - and food banks all over the state - will be putting healthier foods on the tables of hungry families thanks to legislation passed during the legislative session," said Senator Nelson. "Our objective is to always seek the opportunity to help the less fortunate in our communities. Knowing that I am making a direct impact on the life of a hungry child, family, or senior is a tremendous and humbling honor," she added.
Senator Nelson was instrumental in the Feeding with Impact and Brighter Bites initiatives which combine fresh produce, sourced by food banks through the Surplus Agricultural Product Grant Program, with nutrition and health interventions to improve the dietary health of Texans while reducing the cost of obesity and diet-related illnesses.
"The North Texas Food Bank is honored to give Senator Jane Nelson our Hunger Ambassador of the Year award for championing new legislation that doubles the amount of fresh produce Texas growers will provide to Texas Food Banks in the next two years," said Jan Pruitt, President and CEO. "For the North Texas Food Bank, the funding comes at a crucial and important time in our lives as we set our sights on providing access to 92 million nutritious meals a year within the next ten years."