Sunday, November 16, 2014

Smiles of Thanksgiving

What a wonderful week we have had! The students and staff from Village Tech Schools, Cedar Hill did an incredible job of starting our 2014 Thanksgiving preparations. In one day, Sat. Nov. 8 they brought contents and made Thanksgiving dinners for 150 less fortunate families from their community. There were kids everywhere (even in the walk-in frig. That is always a fun place to visit anytime kids take a tour of the building.) In addition to the dinner contents they presented CHFP with a check in the amount of $1,439 to purchase turkeys to complete the meals.

Various individuals have dropped by this week with food, turkeys and checks.
Sat. Nov. 15 the parking lot was again full. This time it was with our friends from Trinity Church, Cedar Hill. They came and came and brought food and more food. They came bearing more than just food. They brought checks in the amount of $2,800 for turkeys and restocking shelves. In a little over one hour they delivered and made 150 Thanksgiving meals. I had to stop them - we had bags for all 250 families by this time and no room on the shelves. There was still food left so we loaded it all up on dollies and shoved them in the corner to refill the shelves after over 7,000 items will be given out Nov. 17 - Nov 22.

There will be peace and thankfulness this Thanksgiving. Parents will be able to sleep knowing their children will be going to bed with full tunnies.

Thank each and every member of our community that have banned together to watch out and provide for their neighbors. I can honestly say Cedar Hill is a one of a kind city. It is full of loving, caring people. Cedar Hill Food Pantry is lucky to have such love to support us.                            

Monday, October 6, 2014

Save Thanksgiving

    October 1 has come and gone. Normally Cedar Hill Food Pantry has everything set for Thanksgiving by now. We even have volunteers lined up to help distribute the food. We have traditionally given a complete Thanksgiving meal to each of our families the week before Thanksgiving. (You can't cook a frozen turkey so we give them a week early. This also gives our volunteers time off to spend with their families. ) For the past seven or so years a local church has asked their members to sponsor a family with a turkey and the contents to make the meal. The challenge this year is they feel the need to share with other food pantries in surrounding towns as well as in Cedar Hill. I understand their thinking and concern. There are hungry people everywhere. The challenge for Cedar Hill Food Pantry is that we are up to 250 families that are expecting to receive their entire meal from us. I honestly don't know where they are going to come from, but in my heart I know it will happen. Usually we can make our money stretch further by ordering from North Texas Food Bank. They had a shortage of turkeys last year and don't know when or if they will be receiving turkeys this year. If they do there are 160 agencies vying for the same few turkeys.
    If you feel you could sponsor a family or if you are part of an organization that might be able to provide meals please contact the Pantry at 972-293-2822 or Even thought we don't need the food until Nov. 8-15 we do need to know as soon as possible how many meals will be donated in the event we need to make other arrangements.  One way of helping is by donating the free turkey you receive by buying your regular food from local groceries.
    The items that usually make up the meal to accompany the turkey are: stuffing, canned yams, two canned vegetables, non refrigerated pie crust, pie filling and 1 dozen eggs. The approximate price would run about $40. The Pantry would love to receive food or cash. If, by the grace of God, we receive more than 250 meals for Thanksgiving we could use them to give as the Christmas meal the week of Dec. 15-20.
    If you find the need to help and can not donate food or money we can always use volunteers to stock shelves, bag and distribute food . This is an ongoing need. It takes approximately 30 people every week to keep the Pantry running smoothly. We stock shelves Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - noon and distribute food Mon. & Wed. 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm , Friday 9:00 am - noon and Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.
    Cedar Hill is a caring community that will not be able to sit at their Thanksgiving dinner knowing there were families in their city going without.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Thank You for Giving

Thank you to everyone that got up and gave on North Texas Giving Day, Sept. 18, 2018.

Last year we raised right at $12,000. This year we raised $26,100. This includes a special award of $10,000 from The Tap Root Fund of the Dallas Foundation. This special award came as a result of our having a complete profile with the Communities Foundation. The Dallas Foundation reviewed these profiles and makes special awards. They chose us!

Thanks to everyone that spread the word and for your donations. One special board member made a last minute donation that put us over the $26,000 mark.

This is what happens when we work as a team to feed the hungry of Cedar Hill. Every one of you are Special in our eyes.

Friday, August 1, 2014

North Texas Giving Day

What is North Texas Giving Day?
North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to - and start relationships with - new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just five years, North Texas Giving Day (previously Donor Bridge) has pumped more than $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013 more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits.

This will be the third year for Sharing the Bread Cedar Hill Food Pantry to participate in this incredible campaign. Last year we received over $13,000 in only one day! Let's all gear up to see if we can double that this year. Please tell use all the avenues you have to spread the word of how each one can make a difference in lives of those in their community.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Back to School Rally

2014 Back to School Rally - August 9, 2014
The Back to School Rally will be held on August 9, 2014 at the Cedar Hill High School Cafeteria, 9am -12pm. If your child received free or reduced lunch during the 2013-2014 school year he or she will be eligible to receive a free backpack and school supplies.

  • Backpacks are for current CHISD students
  • An adult will have to be present to receive the back packs for students in grades (Prek4 - 8th). Students in grades (9th-12th) can receive the backpacks without a parent present.
  • If you are not able to attend the Rally you can send someone in your place with the confirmation letter to get the backpacks.
  • The students do not have to be present
  • The pre- registration for the Back to School Rally closes on July 17th. Students that did not pre- register can still come to the Rally and receive a backpack after all pre- registered students. These backpacks will be given first come first serve.

Once you have pre-registered, our office will verify your eligibility and send an email after registration closes (July 17th) to let you know if you are eligible or ineligible to receive free backpacks. You will need this confirmation email to receive the backpacks at our Annual Back to School Rally.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Will Act For Food

contact to purchase tickets
Time is running out to get your tickets for this year's Love Your City Theater's prevention of "The Music Man" There will be five showings, July 18 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm, July 19 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm and July 20 at 5:00 pm. at Trinity Church of Cedar Hill. Tickets are $15 & $20. The recipients of this year's performances will be Cedar Hill Food Pantry and North Texas Food Bank.          

Love Your City Theater is a new, not for profit, community theater that has only been in existence for a couple years. The cast and orchestra members are all local volunteers. In 2013 they performed the musical "Annie" for an audience of 2,100 locally based individuals and gave $9,000 to Hope Mansion and Bridges Safehouse. The theater group hopes to raise $10,000 with this year's performances. That would be equivalent to 30,000 meals for area families.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Pantry Wins Award

Out of 260 member agencies North Texas Food Bank names Cedar Hill Food Pantry the recipient of the coveted Excellence in Innovation award for the services we give to our community. 
Since 2006 when we opened our New2You Thrift Store it  has helped support the mission of the Food Pantry. The Thrift Store is a great place for our neighbors to recycle their used clothes, household items and furniture that are then sold at very reasonable prices back to the community with the net proceeds coming to the Food Pantry.
We are proud that in 2013, for the first time, we were approved as one of the local charities to benefit from The Dallas Morning News Charities annual fund drive.
In 2012 and 2013 we were part of the North Texas Day of Giving Campaign.
In 2014 we became a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission Community Partners program to help our clients apply for SNAP, TANF, CHIPS and Medicaid benefits.
Our current facility is obsolete and very inefficient. Our staff and volunteers spend way too much time trying to fit everything in our limited space. We have raised the funds and purchased the land for a new facility. We are currently in the design phase for the building as well as selecting a contractor. The proposed new building will be 15,000 sq. ft.
We utilize approximately 75 volunteers working over 600 hours each month to fulfill our mission. This keeps our labor cost to a bare minimum in order to maximize our budget. We operate under a very detailed annual budget. Any variances are explained in our monthly Financial Report to the Board of Directors.

Kids Eat Free!

The Cedar Hill ISD is providing FREE breakfast and lunch for all Cedar Hill kids  18 and under.
Bray Elementary - June 12-August 7 Mon - Fri. Breakfast 7:15-8:15 Lunch 11:00-12:45
Perminter Middle School- June 9-July 3 Breakfast 7:15-8:15 Lunch 11:00-12:45
Ninth Grade Center- June 9 - July 11 Breakfast 7:15-8:15 Lunch 11:00-12:45