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

Monday, May 5, 2014

Got a few hours? Want to help?

If you have a couple hours or so and would like to make a difference in the life of a needy neighbor. New 2 You Thrift Store could use volunteers Tuesday - Saturday to sort donations, display items, stock shelves and help clients 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cedar Hill Food Pantry is in need of adult help to stock shelves and sack food Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 noon. The work of running both location is done with volunteer help. We would love to pay what you are worth, but unfortunately there just is not funding available. We receive no city, state or federal funding. We operate totally on donations. The proceeds from New 2 You goes to help purchase food for the 1400 individuals Cedar Hill Food Pantry feeds every month. If you find you could help by becoming a volunteer please call Gene or Andrea at 972-293-2822 for the Food Pantry or Sandy at 972-293-0411 for New 2 You Thrift Store.
You will truly feel blessed when you help others.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Exciting News

Sharing the Bread is on the brink of one of the most exciting events of its existence.  As of April 3, 2014, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of North Texas, we are the proud owner of four acres of land at 406 S. Clark Road, Cedar Hill, TX. This will be the site of our new home. Plans are in the works to erect a 11,500 square foot building to house both New 2 You Thrift Store and Cedar Hill Food Pantry. We will be unveiling our capital campaign soon to raise the funds to build the building. We are in hopes to start construction in mid 2015.

Cedar Hill Food Pantry first opened its doors in 1989 in the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church serving a hand full of people. We soon outgrew that one room and moved to a much larger location of 1,000 square feet on Kenya Street. As the work of serving the needy of Cedar Hill grew so grew the need of more room for the Pantry. Land was donated in 1999 at 403 Houston St., labor and supplies were donated and in 2000 the doors opened for the current home of Cedar Hill Food Pantry.
At that time we had 3,800 points of contact with clients (each individual visit to the Pantry for food is one point of contact.) In 2013 we had 17,200 points of contact with clients. This is a 450% increase from 2000.

New 2 You Thrift Store opened its doors in 2006 to help 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 sold at very reasonable prices back to the community with the net proceeds coming to the Food Pantry. It is located in a separate facility where we lease space. The single biggest expense for the Thrift Store is facility rental charges. We want to combine Cedar Hill Food Pantry and New 2 You Thrift Store in one owned facility for cost sharing, ease of management and to provide our clients and customers a one stop experience. In addition a large portion of the revenues from the Thrift Store would then be available to support the Food Pantry since we would no longer be paying rent.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Come Look Us Over

 When was the last time you visited New2You Thrift Store? If it has been over a week you need to stop by and see all the new things Sandy and her crew have on display. "Spring Has Sprung"  All the winter things are sold, packed away for another season or on sale.

The New2You Thrift Store takes donations of clothes, household items, small appliances, electronics and furniture and then sells those items at greatly discounted prices with the net proceeds going to help the Cedar Hill Food Pantry feed those in need in Cedar Hill. Now that is recycling! The thrift store is working on its 8th year of operation under the skillful guidance of Manager Sandy Eddy.

We are always in need of volunteers at the Thrift Store to sort clothes, price items, stock shelves and racks and to help at the cashier desk along with assorted other duties. Our hours are 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. If you have a few hours to volunteer contact Sandy at 972-293-0411. also, don't forget to drop off your used items during normal business hours. You won't believe what a great store we have and how much fun we have benefiting our neighbors in need. The store is located at 320 S. Clark Road. Come take a look.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dallas Morning News Charities awards Pantry $25,274.33

We are so excited to be among the twenty five agencies receiving funds from the Dallas Morning News Charities. They just  finishes the 2013 campaign with more than 1,800 donors raising $1.68 million. Our portion amounts to $25,274.33.

Thanks to 1,837 donors, the latest Dallas Morning News Charities campaign was one of the best in history. Please reed the entire story at the following link.

"I am still reeling from the news." said Executive Director Gene Sims. This will provide much needed help toward meeting our rising demand for food. Our number of individuals meals given out went up in the past year and don't seem to be slowing down. We are busting at the seams trying to keep food stocked to meet our needs."

God is moving in fantastic ways. We have been blessed with a land acquisition grant of $100,000 through the Community Foundation of  North Texas that will cover most of the land under contract.
for our new, much needed facility. Now we receive the $25,274 from Dallas Morning News Charities to help cover food. We will soon be starting a Capital Campaign to cover the cost of the building.