North Texas Food Bank forms Japanese cultural affinity group Nakayoshi Initiative

(From left to right): James Huang with NiHao Food Bank Initiative, Trisha Cunningham with North Texas Food Bank, Dr. Sam Shichijo with Nakayoshi Initiative, Plano Mayor John Muns, State Senator Nathan Johnson, and HungerMitao founders Raj and Anna Asava. Photo provided by NTFB.

The North Texas Food Bank announced today the formation of the Nakayoshi Initiative, a cultural affinity group focused on the resources and contributions of the Japanese community.

The group celebrated its founding earlier this month with State Senator Nathan Johnson, Plano Mayor JOhn Muns, NiHao Food Bank Initiative founder James Huang, HungerMitao founders Raj and Anna Asava and Dr. Sam Shichijo, the honorary consul of Japan in Dallas who is spearheading the Nakayoshi Initiative.

“The North Texas Food Bank is excited about the formation of the Nakayoshi Initiative and so grateful for the commitment and support of the Japanese American community in looking for ways to contribute to addressing the complex issue of food insecurity,” said NTFB President and CEO Trisha Cunningham. “Nakayoshi roughly translates to ‘good friend,’ and we are excited about having this organization as friends of the Food Bank as we work together to close the hunger gap and strive for a hunger-free, healthy North Texas.”

North Texas Food Bank has several other affinity groups, including HungerMitao, Niaho Food Bank Initiative and SinHambre.

“Through the Nakayoshi Initiative, the Japanese community is helping bridge the hunger gap in North Texas,” said Dr. Sam Shichijo. “For the nearly 640,000 people facing hunger in North Texas, it is critical that our community come together to provide children, seniors and adults with a hunger-free future.”

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