The North Texas Food Bank Aug. 15 announced that longtime supporters of the food bank Aradhana and Raj G. Asava have pledged to donate $100,000 to the NTFB in conjunction with the launch of the organization’s Indo-American Council.
The Indian American couple will co-chair the council, the NTFB said in a news release.
The gift will help fund the North Texas Food Bank’s efforts to provide food assistance to thousands of food insecure individuals across the NTFB’s 13-county service area, it said.
“Anna and I are passionate about the work of the North Texas Food Bank and we wanted to raise awareness around the issue of hunger that exists right here in North Texas,” Raj Asava said in a statement.
“We are excited to launch the NTFB-IAC to raise hunger awareness, community involvement, as well as channel the resources and contributions of the Indo-American community towards the mission of NTFB,” added Anna Asava.
The food bank’s president and chief executive officer, Trisha Cunningham, praised the Asavas for their donation.
“The Asavas are determined leaders. Having just one of them help us would be transformational, I count us doubly lucky to have them both by our side,” Cunningham said in a statement.
“Anna and Raj have a clear vision for the Indo-American Council and with their donation, they have already put 300,000 meals on the table for our hungry neighbors,” the food bank head added. “I am certain that their shared enthusiasm and drive will be a draw for their peers, helping raise awareness for the critical issue of hunger and ultimately will help the NTFB reach our goal of providing 92 million meals by 2025.”
The Indian American community in North Texas has grown exponentially over the years with nearly 200,000 people in the region, the food bank said.
NTFB and the Asavas created the Indo-American Council, which has a goal to fund 1 million meals annually, as an avenue to mobilize this driven and diverse group in the fight against hunger, it said.