In 2012, Serve Denton discovered one of the largest needs in Denton was hunger, according to the Texas Hunger Initiative. They estimate over 104,000 residents of Denton County do not know where their next meal will come from. Since one of Serve Denton’s values is collaboration, we asked, what could Denton accomplish as a whole that individual agencies cannot do alone to feed more hungry families? The Mayor of Denton also had a passion for this issue, and the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry was born. Serve Denton offered to coordinate logistical support and help gain community partners for the drive to make the greatest impact possible for the food pantries that participated. That first year, a food drive held on one day at four drop-off locations collected about 1,400 pounds of food for four agencies. It was a small start, but most importantly, it built a bond of collaboration between food pantries to accomplish more together.
This year, during the fourth annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry, a week-long food drive among schools, businesses, and churches collected 26,609 pounds of food for thirteen collaborating agencies throughout Denton County.
We have seen the great dividends that collaboration can bring and the direct effects of our community’s generosity on the shelves of our local food pantries every spring since this event began. We are committed to supporting these agencies fighting hunger, and we envision a brighter future for Denton.
If you, too, have a passion for ending hunger in Denton County, you can get involved with the nonprofits below who collaborated on this event and are working on this issue every day (click the links to visit their websites). Reach out by volunteering, donating needed food items, or spreading the word about the organization’s work.