Across Texas, food insecurity is an important issue for individuals and families, with many unsure where their next meal will come from. One in four Texas children struggle with hunger and poor nutrition and an estimated 104,000 residents of Denton County face food insecurity. This year, Mayor Chris Watts declared April 21, 2015, the City of Denton’s Fourth Annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry.
A week-long food collection drive preceded the official Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry. From April 14-20, community members collected 26,609 pounds of food for thirteen Denton area nonprofits that serve our neighbors facing hunger. With one dollar equal to two pounds of food, the 19,742 pounds of food and $3,434 donated during the drive combined for the final number.
This year, Serve Denton partnered with the City of Lewisville and Christian Community Action of Lewisville to extend the program’s impact throughout Denton County. With the help of these partnering agencies, the county-wide effort raised 32,000 pounds of food.
Food donations were accepted at area libraries, recreation centers, grocery stores, schools, coffee houses, restaurants and other locations. These drop-off points were in competition to see which establishments could collect the most food during the drive. The winners were Audacity Brew House, Tetra Pak, DATCU, Texas Education Centers and James Wood Auto.
The drive will help feed hundred of hungry families throughout Denton County. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this year’s Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry such a success!