TFNB Your Bank for Life honored Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco as the first two Charity Champions for 2017.

Twenty nonprofits have now been named as Charity Champions.

The bank introduced the Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry at the Liberty vs. Baylor game on Sept. 2. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco at the UTSA vs. Baylor game on Sept. 9.

Four more nonprofits will be announced at Baylor’s remaining home football games.

In addition to publicity at the football games, Shepherd’s Heart and the Boys & Girls Clubs will be presented at Baylor basketball games next year.

They also receive marketing exposure through TFNB digital marketing, radio and print advertising, and Baylor athletics’ social media. All Charity Champions are given a series of half-day training sessions by 360 Solutions.

In 2016, Shepherd’s Heart distributed 1.4 million pounds of food to nearly 29,000 families in Central Texas. Since the nonprofit launched in 2010, it has assisted more than 200,000 families and distributed 9 million pounds of food. Baylor student athletes Madi O’Neal and Trevon Lewis recently helped the organization distribute food to needy families.

Bob Gager, executive director of Shepherd’s Heart, said the nonprofit is seeking support to secure several upgrades, including replacing light fixtures in its facility at an estimated cost of $6,000; adding a new or lightly used delivery truck with a lift gate at an approximate cost of $20,000; and adding three new computers.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco serves 6- to 18-year-old students at its two branches. The clubs give the students an alternative to life on the streets, crime and drugs and alcohol with after-school programs.

Eighty percent of the students come from single-parent households. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Waco fills the gap with activities and tutoring until the parents pick them up after work.

The clubs transport students from 18 different schools throughout the school year. The nonprofit is in need of two new or lighlty used vans to replace the two that have fallen into disrepair. Executive director James Jarmon estimates the cost to be about $50,000 for two vans.

To celebrate TFNB’s 125th anniversary in 2014, the bank launched the Charity Champions program to honor charitable organizations in Central Texas. Its mission is to elevate Central Texas nonprofits through community awareness and leadership development to create sustainability for the future.

Visit www.tfnbtx.com/charitychampions for more information or to nominate a nonprofit.

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