Serve 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. VISTA member Marc Thompson spent months planning Serve Denton’s Annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry, a food drive to benefit local food pantries. Marc was tasked with the coordination and implementation of the food drive with the goal of expanding the reach and impact to include all of Denton County. Marc created a coalition of businesses, nonprofit agencies and city leaders from Denton and Lewisville in planning the food drive to raise food donations for 15 food pantries across Denton County. Marc took the message to the streets to create a “buzz” that would lead to big impact using marketing, community engagement, business development and education.
Marc recruited 56 volunteers who served 167 hours the week of the drive. He also led a group of 36 volunteers at a 32,000 sq. ft. warehouse that was donated for the event for storage and sorting of the donated food.
Over the course of the weeklong event, 32,000 pounds of food were collected and distributed to food pantries throughout Denton County. The event also brought in cash donations totaling $12,200. In comparison, the 2014 Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry event raised 13,000 pounds of food benefitting food pantries in the City of Denton.
On April 21st, Marc organized a press conference which was emceed by Denton’s Mayor Chris Watts to announce the total donations received through the 2015 Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. Over 50 people were in attendance including numerous non-profit agencies, three media outlets and the AmeriCorps Vista North Texas Team who volunteered as ushers and assisted with the event’s set-up and breakdown. He also enlisted Corner Bakery to donate the catering for the event. Later that evening, the Denton City Council presented Serve Denton with a Mayor’s Proclamation honoring the successful event.
Serve Denton is a partner agency of the VISTA North Texas project hosted by Chisholm Trail RSVP, Inc.