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Game 1 of the World Series begins at 7:03 p.m. Friday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Thousands in the stands will be pounding down hot dogs, Boomstick Burgers, Pizza Dawwgs, and Brisket Croissants—but organizations in both of the team’s home cities are asking fans to remember those who are going hungry by helping them out as well.

During the World Series, The North Texas Food Bank is joining forces with The Tarrant Area Food Bank in a “friendly competition” with St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. The goal is to see which metropolitan area can raise more funds to “strike out hunger” in our communities.

Both metro areas face high rates of food insecurity, the organizations said, adding that the 970,000 people in the DFW area who struggle with food insecurity “would fill Globe Life Field more than 24 times”—and one-third of that number are children.

High inflation rates have put even more stress on economically challenged families, leading both the NTFB and the TAFB to be currently providing access to more meals “than at the height of the pandemic.”

Texas Rangers fans who want to help can go to strikeouthungerntx.org to make a gift in honor of the Rangers. If you’re a Diamondbacks fan, you can donate to St. Mary’s at https://www.firstfoodbank.org.

All funds received will help each city feed its communities, while giving the winning community bragging rights: According to the organizations, “The CEO(s) of the losing food bank(s) will wear the winning team’s jersey for a day.”

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  • Bank of America has donated nearly $4 million to North Texas nonprofits this year, including local food banks and two 2022 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder® awardees.

  • Awarded to 101 community-based organizations across the state—including many in North Texas—the Blue Impact grants focus on health care access and target impacts of socio-economic and social determinants of health.

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  • Tarleton State University received the go-ahead for a new biotechnology institute as part of Texas A&M-Fort Worth’s burgeoning downtown research campus. Approved in mid-August by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, the biotech institute is situated in one of the nation’s fastest-growing life sciences hubs. “More than 5,000 biotechnology manufacturing and research and development firms — think Novartis, Alcon, AstraZeneca — call Texas home,” according to the university. And DFW now ranks seventh in the U.S. for life science and biotech jobs.  The Tarleton State Biotechnology Institute will focus on discovery and innovation in bioinformatics and computational modeling.…

  • Starbucks provided an initial $100,000 investment in support of the food bank’s efforts in 2021. The North Texas Food Bank is a member of the Feeding America network and is one of 16 food banks to receive this second grant from Starbucks.

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