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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – It was another display of North Texans’  huge hearts today, this time from two North Texas companies

Both Texas Motor Speedway and Dean Foods encouraged their employees to serve the community Wednesday at two area food banks and the ripple effect will feed the hungry for months to come.

At the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, they sorted and stuffed for hours on end with Texas Motor Speedway employees serving in quality control.

“They are people inspecting and sorting breakfast food to re-box them for distribution to our charities in 13 counties,” said Andrea Helms, Communications Director, Tarrant Area Food Bank

At the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, a massive milk donation was making headlines. Dallas-based Dean Foods and Tetra-Pak donated 250,000 units, or three months’ worth of milk, to the Food for Kids Weekend Program.

“This donation will ensure that almost 11,000 kids are getting a Food for Kids Backpack every week are getting that shelf stable milk included in it,” said Elizabeth Liser, Director of Corporate Engagement, North Texas Food Bank.

Liser says the donation will save the North Texas Food Bank $92,000, proving corporate support, in any location, can do a world of good.

“We have to thank Eddie Gossage for giving us the opportunity to come out here. This is technically a day off work for us and he’s giving us the time to contribute to the community which is great for your boss to do,” said Mike Zizzo/Vice President Media Relations Texas Motor Speedway.

“The DFW area has supported Dean Foods and our Oak Farms brand and this is the least we can do to give back to the community,” said Gregg Tanner, President Dean Foods.

Some 49 million hungry people across the U.S. depend on food banks. Tarrant area food banks feed 36 million of those people alone.

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