TRA Marketplace, Texas’ largest foodservice show and the second largest show of its kind in the country, generated a whopping 13,000 lbs of donated food and supplies over the course of the two-day show, which took place Sunday and Monday, July 10 and 11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
TRA Marketplace, a product of the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), partnered with CitySquare, a 30-year-old poverty fighting organization based in Dallas.
It was the 80th year for TRA Marketplace, which rotates annually between Texas metro areas and attracts more than 6,000 attendees from throughout the southwest and beyond, in addition to hundreds of exhibitors within the food service industry. Rescued and donated items ranged from shelving and supplies to all types of food products.
Kay Thomason, Director of Food Programs at CitySquare says, “CitySquare appreciates the TRA Marketplace exhibitors who donated over 13,000 lbs of food that will be distributed to our neighbors who shop at our food pantry. The food will help to feed 250 families for a week! CitySquare is also grateful for the opportunity to showcase our Hospitality WorkPaths training program that prepares our neighbors to work in the hospitality industry.”
“CitySquare does a tremendous job fighting poverty and providing people true opportunities for self-sufficiency,” says Richie Jackson, CEO of TRA. “Our show generates a large amount of food and it is essential that we redirect perfectly edible surplus food away from the landfill to the people who really need it, and CitySquare made it seamless process.”
The TRA Marketplace is part tradeshow and part conference, with exhibiting companies showcasing everything from artisan food products and craft beverages to linens, mobile technology, security, kitchen equipment, supplies and even food trucks. Last May, the show was announced as one of the nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a leading trade show industry authority.
Based in Dallas, CitySquare is a non-profit organization that fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. Since 1988, CitySquare has grown into a broad community development organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. Today, the organization has 17 social service programs designed to lift and keep people out of poverty.