Since 1995, Kappa Tablescapes has supported agencies throughout Dallas County in their work to improve the lives of its citizens. The Dallas Alumnae Association Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce this year's Beneficiaries.
Crossroads Community Services
For over two decades, Crossroads has been compassionately serving the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities by building long-term relationships with clients and community partners to alleviate food insecurity.
Feeding Texas reports that in the years between 2018 and 2020, 1 in 8 Texans were food insecure–that is, nearly four million of our fellow Texans had limited access to sufficient nutritious food and/or experienced hunger as a result of economic hardship.
Here in Dallas County, Feeding America estimates that 1 in 5 children are food insecure, and 28% of these children are ineligible for federal nutrition assistance.
Crossroads is meeting the desperate need in our community for quality, nutritious food by distributing meal essentials to an average of 26,598 people every month. In 2020, we distributed over 11.8 million pounds of food–enough for 9,841,236 meals!
We are first and foremost a food pantry. But we are also so much more than that. By compassionately serving individual households through food equity research, innovation, and distribution partnerships, Crossroads is revolutionizing food pantry services and building nutrition-stable communities.
New Friends New Life
New Friends New Life restores and empowers trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women and their children, and drives awareness of the issue and its prevalence.
By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support, New Friends New Life helps women and their children overcome backgrounds of abuse, addiction, poverty and limited opportunities.
Community Partners of Dallas
Child abuse and neglect are dire and widespread problems in our community. They traumatize children and can overwhelm even those with the resources and best intentions to help them. This is why Community Partners of Dallas was created.
Our mission is to provide what abused children urgently need today to thrive tomorrow.
Community Partners is where anyone who cares about these precious children can make a meaningful difference in their lives. We were founded as a nonprofit in 1989 as a way for the community to support the work of Child Protective Services (CPS) in Dallas County. Since then, thousands of caring individuals, companies and organizations have joined with us to meet the needs of 15,000 abused and neglected children annually. Community Partners remains the first and only nonprofit to address these specific needs in Dallas County, and our programs have been replicated by more than 155 cities across Texas.
We are here, every day, with what these children need for the first steps to healing. Seemingly small things can make a big difference for a child recovering from abuse and neglect – a car seat for a ride to safety, a bed in a home they can trust, or the first holiday celebrated in years. By providing for their basic and individualized needs, we can send the message someone cares and open the door to healing.
Equally important to our mission is our role in encouraging and equipping CPS caseworkers. A child’s chances of finding a safe and loving forever home significantly increase when caseworker turnover is reduced. Supporting caseworkers in their critical and ceaseless work is not only right but essential to bringing healing to our community’s most vulnerable children.
North Texas Food Bank
Founded in 1982, the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated and purchased foods through a network of more than 400 Partner Agencies and Organizations in 13 counties.
In 1982, four Dallas women pledged to fight hunger in North Texas. These visionary leaders – Jo Curtis, Kathryn Hall, Lorraine Griffin Kircher, and Liz Minyard – began collecting and distributing donations of surplus food and grocery products through a network of charitable organizations across North Texas, establishing the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).
This network covered 13 counties that comprise the current NTFB service area: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta, and Hopkins
Through persistence and generous community support, in its first year, the NTFB distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food to our neighbors experiencing hunger. In 1983, members of NTFB’s organizing committee joined members of the Texas Legislature to help pass the Good Faith Donor Act, which protected donors from liability of donations or donated product. After this, many more North Texans were inspired to donate.
Today, nearly 40 years later, the NTFB is still supported by a generous and compassionate community that cares deeply about helping North Texans achieve food security. As the hunger crisis has grown over the years, NTFB has expanded from distributing 400,000 pounds of food a year to distributing 125 million meals in its last fiscal year – more annual meals than ever in our history – through its Feeding Network of more than 400 Partner Agencies.
As we commemorate our 40th anniversary of serving our neighbors facing hunger, we know the need is greater than it has ever been. The COVID-19 pandemic has both caused and exposed an unprecedented level of food insecurity in our community. According to Feeding America, approximately 800,000 North Texans do not know where their next healthy meal will come from – including 1 in 5 children. North Texas the 6th most food insecure region in the nation.
The NTFB is committed to providing Food for Today and Hope for Tomorrow as we continue to work toward our vision of creating a hunger-free and healthy North Texas.