Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Royce West - District 23

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Kelvin Bass
214-467-0123
November 18, 2008

Senator West, area SAC students team-up to fight holiday hunger

DALLAS - State Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) and students from 40 Dallas County schools have renewed their efforts to fight hunger by participating in a food drive benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The drive culminates with a food drop-off scheduled for Friday - November 21, 2008, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the North Texas Food Bank warehouse located at 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Rd., Dallas.

In 1996, Senator West created the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Student Advisory Committee (SAC). SAC is designed to elicit student perspectives on legislative issues that involve youth and schools. The program fosters opportunities for student leadership and volunteerism.

"I firmly believe that our young people are willing to get involved in their communities if given the opportunity," said Senator West. "This is our fifth food drive and our students and schools have participated in a number of activities to help those around us who are in need. Even in these tough economic times, it is unconscionable to think that in America, thousands across all age and racial groups wonder each day where their next meal will come from.

"We have found a worthy recipient, given the mission of the North Texas Food Bank. I encourage others to become involved," Senator West said.

The North Texas Food Bank provides food to the hungry throughout 13 North Texas counties. Last year's SAC Food drive yielded the donation of hundreds of pounds in canned goods to NTFB.

"Each year, Senator West inspires select middle and high school leaders to help close the gap on hunger," said Jan Pruitt president and CEO - NTFB. "As they partner with us at the North Texas Food Bank, we're especially honored to receive these donations as the demand for food has increased due to today's economic conditions. These leaders of today will provide tomorrow's solution for a hunger-free community."

In past years, SAC has also participated in blanket and pillow drives including a 2001 donation sent to New York City following the terrorist attack. SAC students are regular visitors to the State Capital during legislative sessions.

The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Last year, 26 million meals were distributed. Each month, agency pantries distribute food to more than 50,000 families and on-site meal programs serve 435,000 meals/snacks.

For more information, please call Ahmad Goree at 214-741-0123 or Kelvin Bass at 214-467-0123.

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