Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dallas landmarks turn orange for North Texas Food Bank's 'Hunger Action Month' - Dallas Morning News (blog)

Actor Jesse Metcalf (right) joined Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano to sort food Thursday at the North Texas Food Bank. (Holly Harvey/Staff)

Staff writer Holly Harvey reports:

An orange bow will festoon the neck of the Dallas Zoo's giraffe statue this month. (Irwin Thompson/Staff Photographer)

A campaign to feed the needy will “paint the town orange” 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 “Hunger Action Month.”

Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the food bank, welcomed Mayor Pro-Tem Pauline Medrano and actor Jesse Metcalfe, star of TNT’s 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.

“It’s a lot of food, but it’s not enough,” Pruitt said. “One out of six of our local neighbors lives in hunger.”

As part of the campaign, several Dallas landmarks will be decorated in Hunger Action Month’s signature color, including the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel and the Dallas Zoo’s 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 it’s had a real impact on him.

“Hunger was the obvious choice in what I was going to donate my time,” Metcalfe said. “Food is such a basic need and it hurts to think of families and seniors going without.”

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