Feeding America® Network Food Banks across the Country Promote Hunger Action MonthTM

Wichita Falls, Texas – September 1, 2016 – This September the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.

In our 12 county area, more than 74,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes one in FOUR kids who may not have enough to eat. September marks the ninth year the Feeding America network of food banks has organized this annual call to action and 3rd year the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank has participated in the Hunger Action Month movement. This year the campaign will focus on the strong connections between hunger and health. The Hunger Action Month 2016 campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and a promising future at risk.

Penny Pig Framed“This will be the 3rd year that the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank has participated in Hunger Action Month. We want to share with those in our communities how we are making a difference and bring awareness to the serious issue of food insecurity that affects so many in our community, especially our children, who cannot grow, succeed or learn on an empty stomach” Said Betsi Moore Lujan, Interim CEO / Marketing & Development Director.

According to the Feeding America study, Hunger in America 2014, nearly half of households served by the Feeding America network include someone that is in either fair or poor health. “I’ve spent many days on the road this past year, visiting food banks, food pantries, and meal programs and meeting people who are facing hunger,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “I’ve seen firsthand the anguish that food insecurity and hunger can cause. It is always heartbreaking to meet a mother or father who fears that they will not be able to feed their children. They know that their children cannot reach their full potential if they don’t have enough to eat.”

Hunger Action Day®, the second Thursday in September, is a day where efforts across the country are focused for greater impact. This year, on September 8, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank asks supporters to share what they couldn’t do without adequate nutrition by writing on an empty plate, “On an empty stomach I can’t ______,” and  filling in the blank with something they couldn’t achieve without the nutrition we need to thrive. These photos can be posted to social media with #HungerActionMonth, @WFAFB and @FeedingAmerica to join the conversation.

The Food Bank will have a selfie station set up as well as ‘Penny Pig’ – a large piggy bank that will hopefully encourage everyone, from young to old, to come drop their pennies off to help fight hunger and be a Hunger Gladiator! On September 15th, the Food Bank will be open all day to accept tours for anyone interested in seeing how the Food Bank works and even catch a glimpse of our #HungerGladiator.

“With the combined effort of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks and hunger advocates across the country, the goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about hunger and inspire Americans to get involved,” Aviv said. “The Feeding America network is leading the fight to end hunger in the U.S. We all have a role to play in getting food to our neighbors in need. Advocate. Educate. Volunteer. Donate.”
To learn more about Wichita Falls Area Food Bank and other ways you can get involved for Hunger Action Month in our 12 county area please visit or

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About the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank services a 12-county area in North Texa and annually distributes nearly 3.7 million pounds of food through over 200 partner agencies and programs. More information on the Food Bank is available at – Facebook, and

About Feeding America®
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against  hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Betsi Moore Lujan


Job Opportunity: CEO – Wichita Falls Area Food Bank


Please forward your resume to:

Job Title:                 Chief Executive Officer

Reports to:             Board of Directors

General Hours:     Typical office operating hours M-F and some non-standard hours as required

Status:                      Exempt

Type:                        Full-time

The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank services a 12-county area in North Texas and annually distributes 4 million+ pounds of food through over 203 partner agencies and programs

I. Job Function

 Administers the Food Bank programs and departments according to the policies determined by the Board of Directors, to include operations, financial and administration, fund development, food procurement, public relations, technical assistance and special projects.

II. Essential duties and responsibilities of the CEO include the following:

  • Executive Leadership: Design, implement, monitor, and review programs, policies and systems to enhance the operations and achieve the goals established by the Board. Continuously seek to improve strategies and program implementation and advise the Board of new opportunities for collaboration and sources of funding and food. Ensure compliance with grant terms, conditions and reporting. Recommend and oversee implementation of strategic and operating plans.
  • Corporate and Community Relations: Serve as an active chief spokesperson for WFAFB. Build and strengthen relationships with local, state and national affiliates, partnering agencies, private and corporate donors, constituents and other key stakeholders in our communities to advance the mission of WFAFB.
  • Financial Management: Monitor financial performance and control expenditures to the Board-approved budget. Direct the budgetary process and ensure adequate risk management strategies and financial reporting relationships are in place. Personally review all financial statements and keep the WFAFB Board advised of financial performance, challenges and opportunities. Establish operational as well as financial metrics to more effectively track efficiencies and progress against goals.
  • Board Relations: Promote a strong, effective and collegial relationship with all members of the Board of Directors. As necessary, meet with the Chair of the Board regarding operations and finances. Focus on building initiatives to strengthen performance of all member networks, serving as an effective developer of solutions to organizational challenges.
  • Fund Development: Assume a leadership role in fundraising activities, including the preparation of an annual strategic fund development plan for Board approval.
  • Staff Development and Management: Oversee and manage all aspects of staffing to include hiring/terminations and performance assessments. Take initiative to expand the skills, knowledge and diversity of the staff. Ensure that expectations for position responsibilities are clear and performance is assessed on a consistent basis.

III. Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a preference for Nutrition, Food Services or Business Management major. MBA, MPA or related advanced degree preferred.
  • Five or more years of progressively responsible experience in a nonprofit organization, a public policy government relations position, or a relevant for-profit position. Experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.

IV. Critical Competencies:

  • Community leadership: Effectively represents organization to ‘influencers’ and the public, building relationships and affecting the public agenda (demonstrated by having achieved policy goals and participating in leadership roles and in community groups).
  • Communications: Presents ideas orally and in writing to others in a manner that achieves clarity, buy-in and commitment (can simplify and effectively communicate complex ideas in a manner that energizes and inspires). Speaks well to groups.
  • Resource development: Secures financial and other resources for a philanthropic cause, based upon a common vision for, and valuation of, the institution (measured through fundraising dollars raised, significant partnerships and similar).
  • People skills: Personal leadership and management style that emphasizes both internal and external communications, promotes teamwork and accessibility, retains high performing staff, and delegates and encourages individual accountability (evaluated through evidence of leading a work environment recognized for a high level of organization, timeliness, cost-effectiveness, accuracy and results). Politically astute and tactful, attentive to the perspectives and competing interest of various stakeholders.
  • Financial acumen: “Literate” in business (demonstrated by having successfully created and managed budgets, presented financial statements and made mid-period adjustments to meet budgetary goals).

V. Skills and Abilities:

 Computer Skills:

Advanced computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Products is required. The ability to use the internet, email and social media is also required.

 Physical Demands:

The position is primarily indoors in an office setting.  The CEO should be able to perform physical tasks sufficient to carry out the mission of WFAFB. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Abilities:

  • Ability to work extended hours, during evenings, and on weekends as required for special events, speaking engagements, travel, or as otherwise required by the position.
  • Ability to speak and present in front of large groups.
  • Ability to travel domestically.
  • Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and provide proof of current automobile insurance.


Empty Bowls  third annual event helps to provide for the 74,800 individuals that the Food Bank serves.

Empty Bowls 2016 Ceramic Show & Sale CALL for Artists!

cropped-img_1199.jpgEmpty Bowls 2016 Ceramic Show & Sale

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) at Midwestern State University will be hosting the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale to be held in conjunction with Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, set for Tuesday, October 11 at the WFMA. The exhibit’s opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the museum. The Gallery Exhibit will be juried by Paul McCoy from Baylor University. The exhibit will provide an opportunity for ceramic artists to exhibit their work at the WFMA. We look forward to the WFMA patrons and Empty Bowls attendees experiencing the mastery of your ceramic art work.

2016 Juror: Paul McCoy, Director-Allbritton Art Institute, Ceramist-in-Residence & Professor of Art; Baylor University

Raised in Chicago’s south side, Paul McCoy began working in clay in 1964 under the direction of Daniel Edler at Scattergood Friends School, a boarding school in rural West Branch, Iowa. He taught ceramics in Chicago-area high schools for several years before moving to Texas to work in the oilfields. During this period, McCoy enrolled in evening ceramics courses at the University of Houston/Clear Lake, where he spent two years working under the supervision of Professor Nick de Vries, who McCoy credits as one of his most significant influences and mentors. After completing his graduate studies at the University of Iowa, McCoy moved to Waco in 1986 to direct the ceramics program at Baylor University.

McCoy’s creative endeavors embrace both functional and sculptural ceramics. His work has been exhibited, published, and collected at national and international levels for the past 21 years.

MFA, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)                                   BA, Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)


Entry Form / Artist Agreement deadline (via email or postmarked by)………………… August 22, 2016

Deadline for receipt of Show Piece AND 3 bowl entry fee……………………………… September 16, 2016

Juror lecture presentation…………………………………………………………………………………. September 29, 2016 6:00 PM

Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception………………………………………………………………… September 29, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM

Exhibition open to the public………………………………………………………………………….. September 29 – October 22, 2016

Purchased Artwork pick up……………………………………………………………………………… October 25, 2016

*The WFMA is closed to the public Sundays and Mondays

Return shipping on all unsold artwork……………………………………………………………. November 1, 2016


All works submitted must be original and must use clay as the primary material.

The piece should be a wall piece or pedestal piece that will fit pedestal tops of 24 x 24”, 18 x 32”, or 18 x 28”.  These are the only pedestals available.  Pieces must fit comfortably on one of these pedestals OR be ready to hang on the wall.  No floor pieces or installations will be accepted.

 Entry Fee

The entry fee for the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale is three (3) donated, functional food safe bowls that event attendees will bid on as part of a silent auction or select as their souvenir bowl.

Juror & Prizes

The Empty Bowls Ceramic Show will be juried by Paul McCoy, Director and Professor of Ceramic Art at the Baylor University. Cash prizes will total $2,750 for 5 awards, delineated as such:  1st place: $1,000, 2nd place: $750, 3rd place: $500, Two Honorable Mentions:  $250.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete the Entry Form / Artist Agreement page and submit electronically or by postal mail no later than Monday, August 22, 2016. Postal mail agreements must be postmarked by the August 22nd deadline.

All show pieces must be for sale and state a retail price which includes a minimum benefit of 50% to Empty Bowls/WFAFB. This must be received by Friday, September 16, 2016. Absolutely no late entries will be accepted.

In addition to the show piece, you must include three (3) entry fee bowls no later the September 16th deadline.

By entering the Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale, the artist gives the WFMA and Empty Bowls/WFAFB permission to use images for publicity purposes for the event and exhibition.

Again, absolutely no late entries will be accepted.


Entry fee bowls and show pieces must be received by Friday, September 16.  Please make arrangements accordingly.

You are financially responsible for the shipping to the WFMA, return shipping, and in-transit insurance both ways for your work.  When you ship your piece for the show, you MUST also include a pre-paid UPS or FEDEX return shipping label for the return shipping of your piece.

Your work may also be hand delivered to the WFMA on or before Friday, September 16.

Work not received or delivered in-house at the WFMA by Friday, September 16 by 5:00 PM CST, will not be accepted.  Absolutely no exceptions will be made in fairness to each submitting artist.

Please put your name on your box(es).

Please do not tape bubble wrap with packing tape.

Please do not ship work with styro-foam peanuts. 

Shipping Address Show Pieces and Entry Bowls:

ATTN:  Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale

Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU

2 Eureka Circle

Wichita Falls, TX  76308

Thank you for your consideration and participation.  Your talents paired with this endeavor will enrich the lives of the community that surrounds you, providing thousands of meals for those less fortunate.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact:

Stacy Finley

Empty Bowls Gallery Exhibit Chair

(940) 766-2322 or (940) 642-1716  or

Entry Form / Artist Agreement

Thank you for your involvement with the 2016 Empty Bowls Ceramic Show & Sale.  We are proud to have you as a partner in this event as we work together to eliminate hunger and food insecurity in our community.

As a participant in the Empty Bowls show, we need some personal information in order to properly process your piece and acknowledge your involvement at:

  • the exhibit reception on Thursday, September 29;
  • the Empty Bowls luncheon on Tuesday, October 11; and
  • via the Empty Bowls website (

Name:  _________________________________________________________________

Name as you wish it to appear on printed materials:


Address:  _________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip:  _______________________________________________________________

Home/Work Phone:  _________________    Cell Phone:  _____________________

Email:  ___________________________________________________________

Website:  _________________________________________________________

Professional designations/Titles/Degrees obtained:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Year degree(s) obtained: ______________________________________________

Name of selected piece:  ______________________________________________

Wall piece     __________                   Pedestal piece  __________

Size of selected piece (actual dimensions appreciated):  _________________________

Brief description of selected piece (clay body, firing technique, etc.)





Retail price of selected piece:  _____________________________________________________

I wish to contribute     __________      50% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.

__________    100% of profit to Empty Bowls/WFAFB.

NOTE:  We also welcome your submission of a biography statement, not to exceed 250 words, for inclusion on the Empty Bowls website.

Please send this completed form to one of the following – NO later than Tuesday, August 22nd:

Electronically:  email   OR   fax number:  940-766-4429

  Postal mail: Empty Bowls, 1230 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, Texas  76302

*** MUST be postmarked by August 22, 2016 ***

Empty Bowls Fact Sheet


Simply put, Empty Bowls is a community-wide event to ensure that fewer people in the Wichita Falls and surrounding communities go home to an “empty bowl.”

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 11 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University.  Proceeds benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Empty Bowls began in Wichita Falls in 2012 under the leadership of Paula Perkins and Leslie Schaffner.  Over the past three years, The Steering Committee, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank Staff, Donors, Artists, Restaurants, and Volunteers have given selflessly to raise almost $234,000 to make sure fewer bowls go unfilled in our community.



Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots movement that has raised millions of dollars towards the fight against hunger.

The basic premise of Empty Bowls is simple:  Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls.  Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread.  In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.  The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

The expressed objectives of Empty Bowls are to:

  • Raise money to feed hungry people. Lives are in the balance.
  • Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, and action, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.
  • Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.

The first Empty Bowls project began over twenty years ago as a one-time lunch event at a high school in Detroit to help raise money for a student food drive.  Art teacher, John Hartom, challenged his students to keep their bowls as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Empty Bowls is unique in that it does not have headquarters, directors, or guidelines.  Each individual event is a distinct experience, unmatched by any other, designed to channel monies raised to meet needs of the local community.  The promotion and growth of the Empty Bowls concept is managed by The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Empty Bowls projects are a great example of how so many people can give, even a little bit, and make a targeted impact in their communities.


Empty Bowls Wichita Falls Area  *  *

Wichita Falls Area Food Bank  *

1230 Midwestern Parkway  *  Wichita Falls, Texas  76302  *  940-766-2322


Wichita Falls Area Food Bank & Hunger Fact Sheet

Proceeds from Empty Bowls will benefit the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (WFAFB) in its Mission to feed the hungry within a 12-county radius in North Texas.  The WFAFB is a private, non-profit, charitable corporation which serves as a clearinghouse for the collection, storage, and distribution of surplus food through a network of almost 200 Partner Agencies involved in feeding those who are food insecure.  Founded in 1982, the WFAFB is a member of Feeding America ( and the Feeding Texas (

The WFAFB serves Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Haskell, Jack, Knox, Montague, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, and Young counties.  In this vast service area, 1 in 6 persons of all ages awakens in the morning, unsure if he or she will eat that day.  Staggeringly, children account for 1 in 4 persons.  To help meet that startling need in 2015, the WFAFB distributed:

  • 7 million pounds of food to Partner Agencies
  • 125,000+ hot meals to children at Kids’ Café sites
  • 70,000+ PowerPak 4 Kids BackPaks to area elementary and pre-teen students
  • Over 1 million pounds of fresh fruits/vegetables to food insecure families

Through the 3.7 million pounds of food distributed by the WFAFB, an equivalent of over 3.1 million meals were provided to clients during 2015.  This figure does not include people receiving meals or snacks through senior centers, day care facilities, or after-school programs.

The WFAFB continuously explores new and unique ways to obtain more food for distribution but is grateful to a responsive community and the many individuals and organizations who keep its Mission alive.  Through your monetary support, the WFAFB can provide enough food for 100 meals with each $30 contribution.


Warehouse Team Member

Warehouse Staff

Please apply in person only at 1230 Midwestern Parkway Wichita Falls, Texas


  • According to established guidelines and the appropriate “pick” sheet, accurately and thoroughly fulfill inventory order requests.
  • Utilize conscientious and safe handling of all warehouse material handling equipment including pallet jacks, hand dollies and forklift in order to avoid personal injury to self, others and damage to product, equipment or facility.
  • Remain knowledgeable of current inventory and inventory levels. Performs monthly inventory count, as instructed, by physically counting and accurately recording product quantity and type, notifying manager immediately of discrepancies or problems.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe work area at all times including warehouse, grounds, bins and equipment; cleans up spills immediately; keeps walk areas and exits clear; locks and secures equipment and facility as required; notifies manager of problems or needed repairs immediately.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and speaks respectfully when interacting with staff, volunteers and the general public.
  • May perform other duties as assigned such as but not limited to pest control, furniture moving, helping with deliveries, etc.


  • High School degree or equivalent required
  • Ability to read and write in English and at a level that is generally accepted as literate
  • Possess basic math skills including adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
  • Ability to operate material handling equipment such as hand dollies, forklifts and pallet jacks
  • High level of personal integrity and honesty
  • The ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High degree of initiative, and the ability to work productively in a sometimes-chaotic environment

Core Competencies

  • Ethical
  • Active listener
  • Persuasive communication skills
  • Visionary, passionate and Inspirational
  • Trustworthy
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent follow up
  • Self directed
  • Strategic and flexible
  • Results oriented
  • Service focused
  • Collaborative and Diplomatic

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a variety of office and community settings inside and outside the WFAFB. Warehouse environment: extensive walking, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying items weighing in excess of 70 pounds; operates material handling equipment; regularly exposed to variable weather conditions from mild to extreme heat and cold, fumes, air particles, contact with volunteers and customers; periodically works extended hours.

A major challenge of this position, as with all positions, is working in cooperation with the Board of Directors, staff, member agency representatives, volunteers and the general public in an effort to achieve the WFAFB’s mission.  This requires frequent communication with staff and occasionally performing tasks that are not specifically indicated in the job description. Evaluation will in part be based upon performance of the tasks listed in this job description. WFAFB has the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description is not a contract for employment.