VISTA Member Builds a Denton County-wide Food Drive!

IMG_6234Serve Denton is a non-profit agency in Denton, TX dedicated to helping other non-profit agencies achieve their missions and advance the common good of Denton County through co-location, collaboration and communication.

Over 104,000 Denton County residents do not know where their next meal will come from, including 10% of seniors and 18% of children. This year, Mayor Chris Watts will declare April 21st, 2015, the fourth annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. From April 14-20, Denton County residents will donate nonperishable food to benefit organizations that serve food to people in need in Denton County communities.

VISTA Member Marc Thompson is coordinating this annual food drive and is working hard at making this event county-wide instead of the traditional City of Denton event. Marc has recruited several new partners to serve as drop-off locations for donated food: Forrestwood Middle School and Sam Pack Five Star Ford in Lewisville, Galilee Baptist Church in Sanger,  Honda of Denton in the City of Denton, to name a few. With the addition of these drop-off locations, there will be an increase in hunger awareness issues in the County which will result in increased food donations for local food pantries.  Marc also created a significant partnership with Ryan Davenport at Scott Brown Properties to donate 20,000 sq. ft. of space to process, sort and redistributed the food donations. This partnership is significant in building the foundation of this event and gives an idea of what type of collaboration and impact we can have when we work as one people.

To see a full list of agencies and food pantries who will benefit from the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry food drive as well as all drop off locations, please visit the Serve Denton website, http://servedenton.org/mdoc/.

Serve Denton is a partner agency of the Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc. AmeriCorps VISTA Intermediary Project.

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