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Special to The Dallas Examiner


The State Fair of Texas will kick off Friday with discounted entry in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank to collect food donations to benefit neighbors facing hunger across North Texas.

“The team at the State Fair of Texas has supported the North Texas Food Bank since 2010 and has helped raise more than 3 million pounds of canned food items in that time,” said Jennifer Schuder, senior vice president of marketing for the State Fair of Texas. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity of helping the North Texas Food Bank provide nutritious food to the nearly 700,000 North Texans facing hunger during these uncertain times of inflation.”

The fair offers many ways for the community to make a difference and get involved while visiting Big Tex with discounted admission via a food donation drive and countless volunteer opportunities.


Opening day

Attendees who bring two 16-ounce plastic jars of peanut butter to donate to the NTFB can receive a $10 admission voucher at the gate. These peanut butter donations are part of NTFB’s annual Peanut Butter Drive.


‘Feed The Need’ every Wednesday

Attendees can each bring five full-size canned food items to donate to the North Texas Food Bank to receive a $5 admission voucher at the gate.


Volunteer for NTFB at the fair

Volunteers are needed for each of these opportunities- please visit to sign up! Volunteers will receive a special Big Tex shirt and the opportunity to obtain a State Fair voucher.

“The ‘Feed the Need’ effort is the North Texas Food Bank’s largest canned food drive event, bringing in food at a critical time, and we are grateful to the longstanding partners at the State Fair of Texas for helping us in our mission to close the hunger gap in North Texas,” said Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO of the NTFB. “In our service area, 1 in 5 children face hunger and do not always know where they will find their next healthy meal. Thanks to the State Fair team and the support of our community, this annual event has helped to provide more than 2.8 million meals over the years.”

Charity Chukwu is the copy editor and social media manager at The Dallas Examiner. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelor of Journalism concentrating in copyediting...

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