Our Story

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The Texas Association of Second Harvest Food Banks (now Feeding Texas) secures an initial $500,000 investment (2002-2003) from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to help secure Texas-grown produce for feeding those in need. TDA maintains this investment (2004-2005), and the network commits to sourcing only second grade produce or better.

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In 2006-2007, TDA maintains its $500,000 investment, with 10 million pounds of Texas-grown produce sourced. With lobbying from the Texas Food Bank Network (now Feeding Texas), TDA increases its programmatic investment to $2,000,000 per biennial (2008-2009). Twenty-six different Texas-grown products are sourced from 41 suppliers, as TFBN increase staff dedicated to sourcing produce.

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TDA begins its "Texans Feeding Texans" campaign and maintains its $2,000,00 investment. In addition, Feeding America supports our efforts with a grant covering $0.04/lb to secure additional produce (2010-2011). For the 2012-2013 biennial, TDA supports our program with $1,620,00 and the Feeding America grant ends, which contributes to a decline in pounds sourced. 

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 Jan Pruitt then CEO of The North Texas Food Bank has the vision for  food banks  to collaborate on sourcing produce.  TFBN re-brands as Feeding Texas and secures $2,668,000 from TDA in support of the program in 2014-2015. 24 million pounds of Texas-grown produce is secured from 41 different suppliers. A study is released showing that for every $1 of State funds spent on produce, the State sees a $3.27 return in State and local taxes and savings for social services, including $1.65 in avoided health care costs.  

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Feeding Texas successfully lobbies for $5,845,000 in support of the program, and TDA allows the purchase of produce grown outside of Texas. The North Texas Food Bank and the Lyda Hill Foundation team up to assess the opportunity for expanding this model, finding the existence of 568 million pounds per year of recoverable surplus produce. A two-year pilot project is implemented with a focus on aggregating food bank demand, improving quality and variety, and customizing deliveries to each food bank. 

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The pilot's success attracts an $8,600,000 investment from TDA, along with additional donor interest in growing the program and ensuring its sustainability. The Collaborative for Fresh Produce is launched in May 2018 as an independent organization to continue building on the project's success and widen its geographic scope beyond Texas. 

Founding Partners

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Lyda Hill is a Dallas entrepreneur, philanthropist and on the Forbes’  2014 list of top 15 entrepreneurs who give back to the community. She is chairman of  the Lyda Hill Foundation which is committed to game-changing advances in science and nature, to empowering nonprofit organizations, and to improving the local communities of North Texas and Colorado Springs. 

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Feeding Texas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead a  unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. They  move millions of hungry  Texans toward food security through a statewide network of food banks;  strengthen the collective response to hunger through collaboration and  scaling success; and lead the public conversation needed to solve hunger  in Texas

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Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief  organization. Thanks to donations and support from businesses,  government organizations and individuals like you, the Feeding America  network of food banks, pantries and meal programs serve virtually every  community in the United States — 46 million  people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.  

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The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. Headquartered in Austin, TX with additional offices in New Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood wellness, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $1.5 billion to global children's issues and community initiatives to date. 

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The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation is a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises. We believe that with early funding, rigorous support, and exceptional leaders, tackling some of society’s most complex problems can make the world a better place.  

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The Texas Department of Agriculture's "Texans Feeding Texans” (Surplus Agricultural Product Grant) supports efforts to solicit donated produce that would otherwise go to waste while  reimbursing Texas farmers for their  expenses.