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Janet and Mike Greene

Feeding the hungry is in Mike Greene’s DNA. The UTA Distinguished Alumnus grew up in a house attached to a grocery store and gas station his parents owned. “They helped feed families when the families couldn’t feed themselves,” he says. Now Mike ’69 and his wife Janet are doing the same through their involvement with the Community Link food bank in Saginaw. Established in 2005, Community Link had operated from a small house just a stone’s throw from Mike’s childhood home. The retired TXU executive owned several vacant lots in the neighborhood and donated the land for a new building, which opened in March 2014. He sought help from fellow UTA alumnus Ralph Hawkins ’73, chairman of the architectural firm HKS, which provided pro bono design. Last year Community Link distributed more than 525,000 pounds of food to nearly 20,000 people in Northwest Tarrant County. Mike hopes UTA will use the nonprofit as a learning laboratory. Already the Computer Science and Engineering Department is working to streamline Community Link’s efficiency so it can serve more clients. “This place is very near and dear to our hearts,” Janet says. “It’s nice to be at a point in our lives where we can give back.”

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