Dallas Morning News Charities Launches 36th Annual Campaign to Help the Hungry and Homeless


Dallas Morning News Charities has launched its 36th Annual Fall / Winter Fundraising Campaign to benefit North Texas nonprofits.

This year’s campaign, which begins Wednesday and ends Jan. 31, will benefit 23 organizations that help families and those facing homelessness and food insecurity.

The fundraising goal is $ 1.5 million. Because The morning news from Dallas pays the administrative costs of the campaign, 100% of donations go to associations.

Last year, a combined amount of $ 1.7 million was raised through a special COVID-19 Charities campaign and the Fall / Winter campaign, marking the second-highest donation total in 35-year history of the Non-profit organizations.

Rae Hughes, intern at Crossroads Community Services, fills a crate with strawberry milk for distribution to hungry people.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

Grant Moise, publisher and president of The morning news from Dallas, said the goal of the campaign is to support and work alongside agencies in North Texas who are struggling to address the issue of homelessness and hunger.

“We continue to be grateful to those of you who trust us to put your generous donations in good hands as we continue to find better ways to help our homeless and hungry citizens,” Moise said. .

“We are encouraged by the solid work that has taken place in our community in 2021, and we are optimistic about all that can be accomplished next year,” he said.

A case of canned food is waiting to be sorted and packed at the Crossroads Community Services distribution center in the Red Bird area of ​​Dallas.
A case of canned food is waiting to be sorted and packed at the Crossroads Community Services distribution center in the Red Bird area of ​​Dallas.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

The campaign kicks off with nearly $ 440,000 in hand, thanks to initial donations which included $ 200,000 from the JL Williams Foundation and over $ 45,000 from this year’s North Texas Giving Day fundraising event, among others. donations.

Camille Grimes, executive director of The Dallas Morning News Charities, said the generosity of donors has helped keep the doors of nonprofits open in a critical time of need, with more North Texans facing insecurity food and homelessness during the pandemic.

“Over the past 20 months, our charities have expanded their programs to reach even more homeless and hungry people for the first time in their lives,” said Grimes.

Fresh produce was part of the food included in crate packaging at Crossroads on Wednesday.
Fresh produce was part of the food included in crate packaging at Crossroads on Wednesday.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

Christi Wilson, director of development at City House, a Plano-based nonprofit that serves at-risk and housing-insecure youth in North Texas, said the agency’s work has been put strained by COVID-19.

City House officials had hoped to expand their shelter to serve more customers, but the pandemic has derailed that plan. The agency also had to cancel its largest annual fundraiser and saw its volunteer hours in 2020 drop 50% from the previous year. With fewer volunteers available and growing client needs, there was less demand on staff.

Demand for services also continues to increase at Crossroads Community Services in South Dallas.

Albert Sanchez, Shipping and Receiving Coordinator for Crossroads Community Services, moves crates of food.
Albert Sanchez, Shipping and Receiving Coordinator for Crossroads Community Services, moves crates of food.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

Crossroads operates a pantry, does research and education, and works with 150 community partners to distribute food in North Texas. Currently, the pantry serves more than 400 households per week, a high total for the organization, said CEO and Chairman Benaye Rogers.

The agency expects to see the same number or more families coming for services by the end of the year.

The end of the pandemic is still a long way off for Crossroads customers, Rogers said. It could take them another year and a half to recover financially, she said.

Laura Castonon came to Carrefour on Wednesday to buy food.
Laura Castonon came to Carrefour on Wednesday to buy food.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

Many have been unable to work, have used up the last of their stimulus checks, have been hit by the end of the eviction moratorium, have accumulated medical debts or rent arrears and are burdened by the rising cost of living .

Some customers also had no savings and one obstacle after another pushed them out of their homes and into their cars.

“Our families just can’t afford groceries,” Rogers said.

Carrefour intern Andrea Ramirez places bags of food in a customer's trunk.
Carrefour intern Andrea Ramirez places bags of food in a customer’s trunk.(Shelby Tauber / Special Contributor)

Carrefour customers also do not have equitable access to food, she said. Many families served by the agency live in a food desert in southern Dallas County. They have to travel 5-10 miles to reach a supermarket, she said.

Every dollar counts for Crossroads, Rogers said. One dollar is used to provide four meals. And $ 20?

“That’s the equivalent of a week’s worth of food for a family,” she said.

To donate and follow

Send your check or money order payable to: The Dallas Morning News Charities, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225-8146. Donations can also be made by visiting dmncharities.com or by calling 214-346-5546.

Follow the campaign on Twitter or Instagram at @DMNcharities or on Facebook at facebook.com/DMNcharities.

2021-2022 Dallas Morning News Charity Participants

Allen Community Awareness

Emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food and clothing, as well as literacy and GED classes, for the families of Allen, Fairview and Lucas. In line: acocares.org

Arlington Living Shelter

Emergency food and shelter, employment assistance and counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County. In line: arlingtonlifeshelter.org

Austin Street Center

Food, shelter, addiction counseling and treatment for medical, psychiatric and psychological problems. In line: austinstreet.org

The bridge

Emergency and transitional housing, supportive housing services, meals, primary and behavioral health care, job search and educational services for the homeless. In line: bridgehrc.org

Brother Bill’s helping hand

Food, clothing, medical assistance, vocational training and classes in parenting, healthy living and ESL. In line: bbhh.org

Cedar Hill Actions

Food, clothing, utilities and school supplies for Cedar Hill families in need. In line: cedarhillfoodpantry.org

Townhouse

An emergency shelter for newborns up to 17 years old and a transition program for adults 18 to 21 years old. In line: cityhouse.org

Cornerstone of community development

Programs for the homeless including showers, wardrobe, health and dental clinics and meals in the community kitchen. They also operate transitional housing for formerly incarcerated men and a home and services for pregnant adolescents. In line: cornerstonedallas.org/our-ministries

Carrefour Community Services

Food, nutrition, clothing and life skills education. In line: ccsdallas.org

Dallas Life Foundation

Short and long term emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children. Vocational training, medical and dental services are also provided. In line: dallaslife.org

Duncanville Outreach Ministry

Food, clothing and financial assistance with rent, utilities and prescription drugs for the people of Duncanville. In line: facebook.com/DuncanvilleOutreach

Family Gateway

Residential and supportive housing programs for children and families affected by homelessness with comprehensive services including case management and an education program. In line: familygateway.org

Frisco Family Services

Food, clothing, adult skills education, and financial assistance for rent and mortgage bills, utilities, and prescription drugs for families living in Frisco or Frisco ISD. In line: friscocenter.org

Harmony Community development

Client’s choice of pantry, legal resources, employment assistance, and social services such as in-depth counseling, addiction and trauma recovery. In line: Harmoniecdc.org

Lifeline for families

Life skills training and financial assistance for homeless or near-homeless families at Grand Prairie ISD. In line: lifelineforfamilies.org

Mission Oak Cliff

A drop-in center for the homeless that includes daily breakfasts, showers, a clothes closet, a pantry of the client’s choice, access to counseling and advocacy services, and classes English as a second language, nutrition and citizenship. In line: clifftemple.org/moc

NETWORK of community ministries

Food, clothing, financial assistance for rent and utilities, a children’s clinic and a range of services for those aged 60 and over. In line: thenetwork.org

North Texas Food Bank – Food 4 Kids

Food aid on weekends for school-aged children at risk of chronic hunger. In line: ntfb.org

Our call

Food, showers, clothing and other resources for homeless homeless people in Dallas. In line: ourcalling.org

Our daily bread

Noon meals, a weekend snack program, bus passes, counseling, personal care items, limited health exams and referrals, an answering service and a mailing address for homeless in Denton County. In line: ourdailybreaddenton.org

House of promise

Accommodation, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and transitional housing for the homeless, runaways and adolescents at risk. In line: promisehouse.org

Awareness of the community of shared life

Food, clothing, financial assistance for rent and utilities, and education and skills training programs for low-income residents of Southeast Dallas County. In line: sharelifeoutreach.org

The pot

Urgent and long-term assistance for homeless and at-risk families including meals, identity documents, representative beneficiary program, employment assistance, inner city youth programs and dental, medical and mental health services. In line: thestewpot.org

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