Irving Schools Nonprofit Needs Help Feeding Kids – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Plastic bags promise a family will get a good meal. School counselors at Irving ISD get the bags into the hands of students at the end of each week who they know may need additional help.
“The kids enjoy their grocery bags every week. We have distant students who are off campus this year studying at home. And we have parents who come on Fridays to pick up food for these students,” he told The Counselor Danielle Johnson collected grocery bags from Lively Elementary for approximately 110 students.
Sam Houston Middle School advisor Frank Hammond was there, also collecting grocery bags for his students.
“We try to make sure they are properly fed so that when they come to us they are properly fed and ready for a good education,” said Hammond.
The food bags come from the nonprofit Irving Schools Foundation and its Food for Thought program.
It started in 2019. The 2020 pandemic made the need even greater.
Every weekend, more than 1,400 children at 35 locations now rely on the food that is donated, stored and packaged by volunteers.
The grocery bags contain items such as chilli, soup, noodles, mac n cheese, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned chicken, canned tuna, and ramen.
But now the group that has helped so many could use some help as they anticipate what is to come. The President and CEO of the Foundation, Crystal Scanio, recently called for this in a post on Facebook.
“We urgently need volunteers. We also need money. We have very little money. We hope to hold out this year, but we don’t have enough cover for the summer,” Scanio told the Post.
She was joined by Amy Sanders, the program and project assistant who oversees Food for Thought.
“We need food. If someone wanted something to eat, we’d love that too. Especially canned vegetables and canned fruits. We’re having a hard time getting that, and that would be fantastic,” Sanders said in the Post, adding that every bag of food given to a student costs $ 5 to $ 7.
This is food for thought. Five to seven dollars will feed a family of four all weekend and one student can get to class with one less worry.
“It would not be possible without the Irving Foundation. The hard work of the Irving Foundation, the employees, enables us as advisors to meet the needs of our children,” said Hammond.