North Texas Food Bank Project
The convening power of the North Texas Food Bank can be used to bring organizations together to solve hunger and food insecurity in North Texas. Currently, the North Texas Food Bank and Texas Hunger Initiative spearhead the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions, which successfully brings together diverse organizations to collaboratively address hunger and poverty in North Texas through five action teams: child hunger, faith community hunger solutions, public policy, senior hunger, and urban agriculture. In addition, the North Texas Food Bank has a connection of more than 200 agencies throughout 13 counties. It is important to continue reaching out to various organizations and collaborate, coordinate, and spread the message to them. By expanding North Texas Food Bank’s connections to include organizations that further address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity, awareness can be spread throughout the metroplex and doing so reflects SDG 17, Partnership for the Goals. Food insecurity and the SDGs facilitate coordination and collaboration because they are connected to the effects of poverty. Using North Texas Food Bank’s unifying power, setting common goals, leveraging resources, and working collaboratively with these organizations can help bring the metroplex together. In essence, utilizing partnerships with institutions that target a variety of root causes is crucial in achieving a common goal and strengthening community support especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.