SOURCE: Grand Homes

September 06, 2005 15:00 ET

Grand Homes' Grand Beginnings Sponsored North Texas Food Bank Food Drive Starts Early to Meet 50 Percent Increase On Demand

Beginning Today All Grand Homes Model Homes Will Serve as Collection Sites for Organization Servicing 400 Agencies in 13 North Texas Counties -- Demand Has Already Increased by 50 Percent Due to Arrival of Hurricane Katrina Survivors

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Grand Beginnings, a community-service program created by Grand Homes, kicks off its second collection drive today for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Originally scheduled to begin September 15, Grand Beginnings has decided to start the drive early in an effort to assist the NTFB with new demands due to Hurricane Katrina evacuee needs. The collection drive will continue through October 15, 2005, at all Grand Homes' model homes providing over 40 locations throughout the Metroplex as drop-off points.

The NTFB is a nonprofit organization that distributes food and grocery products to 400 Member Agencies in 13 North Texas counties. Each month the NTFB serves 48,000 families and provides 465,000 meals through its on-site feeding programs.

Grand Homes created Grand Beginnings as a program designed to partner with local charities in an effort to reach out to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The homebuilder is exclusive to North Texas and therefore crafted the philanthropic arm of the company as a resource for community non-profits. The program uses Grand Homes neighborhoods currently in build-out stages as drop-off locations for needed collection drives. Their first project was July 15 - August 15 benefiting The Family Place. The NTFB is the program's second partner.

Last year alone, the NTFB distributed 32 million pounds of food, an increase of 14 percent from the previous year. Approximately 377,600 of the population in the food bank's service area live below poverty level. Hunger is an ever increasing critical issue, and as noted by the NTFB, since 2001, the demand for food from its agencies has increased by 57 percent. The need is real.

As Katrina evacuees begin filtering into the North Texas area, demand on the area's food pantries as well as the newly formed shelters will increase dramatically. The additional needs will be felt throughout the region.

"There is only one other state in the U.S. that has more hungry families than Texas," said Stephen Brooks, CEO, Grand Homes. "When I learned that, I was in a state of disbelief. But it's real, and when we chose NTFB as a partner in June, we realized the importance of Grand Beginnings and offering over 40 locations as drop-off points for food. If Grand Homes can assist over the next month in collecting items, increasing awareness and now, with hurricane survivors entering the market, support the increased demand on needs, then Grand Beginnings is doing what it set out to do -- helping our communities."

Utilizing model homes in Grand Homes neighborhoods, Grand Beginnings will coordinate the collection drive during the weeks of September 6 - October 15, 2005. All models will accept items, and a complete listing of location drop off addresses and high demand NTFB items can be found at Items most needed and collection locations include:


- Individual packaged   - Protein Items such as:  - Canned Meals such as:
  items such as:          - Beef Jerky              - Hearty Soups
  - Granola Bars          - Peanut Butter           - Stews
  - Energy Bars           - Protein Bars            - Chilis
  - Breakfast Bars      - Bottled Water (plastic    - Pasta
                          containers only)


Bluffview               Grand Estates of        Enclave of Breckenridge
8221 Midway             Breckenridge            3225 Heatherbrook
Dallas, TX              5725 St. Thomas         Richardson, TX
972-740-8627            Plano, TX               972-238-5001
MAPSCO 34B              972-424-2138            MAPSCO 9L
                        MAPSCO 9A-A

Lone Star Ranch         Waterford Trails        Robinson Ridge
Lakeside                2043 Yukon Ct           5408 Ridgeson
4509 Lindenwood         Allen, TX               McKinney, TX
Frisco, TX              214-509-9589            214-544-0550
972-624-1251            MAPSCO 459V             MAPSCO 259Q
"We ask for people to bring items," said Brooks. "While the need is always there for the food bank, the current state of emergency over the next several months due to Hurricane Katrina has placed an exclamation point on the demand."

Grand Beginnings has set a goal of 250 items per location, targeting 10,000 items for delivery. Nationally recognized, Grand Homes is the largest privately held homebuilder operating exclusively in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Established in 1986 by Stephen H. Brooks, Grand Homes is an award-winning leader in the home-building industry with innovative architectural designs in over 45 communities.

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