Staff writer Holly Harvey reports:
A campaign to feed the needy will âpaint the town orangeâ this month to raise awareness that one in six North Texans routinely goes hungry.
The North Texas Food Bank is urging people to help by naming September âHunger Action Month.â
Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the food bank, welcomed Mayor Pro-Tem Pauline Medrano and actor Jesse Metcalfe, star of TNTâs Dallas reboot, to kick off a 30-hour food-sorting marathon Thursday at its warehouse on South Cockrell Hill Road.
Pruitt said the food bank, which is marking its 30th anniversary, has distributed 575 million pounds of food since its inception in 1982.
âItâs a lot of food, but itâs not enough,â Pruitt said. âOne out of six of our local neighbors lives in hunger.â
As part of the campaign, several Dallas landmarks will be decorated in Hunger Action Monthâs signature color, including the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel and the Dallas Zooâs giraffe statue, which has an orange bow tied around its neck.
City Hall will also participate planting symbols of orange around the city, said Medrano, who read a statement from Mayor Mike Rawlings officially declaring the month.
Metcalfe, the Dallas star, said he started volunteering at the food bank in November and said itâs had a real impact on him.
âHunger was the obvious choice in what I was going to donate my time,â Metcalfe said. âFood is such a basic need and it hurts to think of families and seniors going without.â
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