This is the eighth year of the event encouraging residents and businesses in Denton to help address hunger in the community with a food collection drive.
More than 159,000 people in Denton County struggle with food insecurity, which means they do not know where their next meal will come from. In the Denton Independent School District alone, there are 12,142 students who are on free lunches and 1,863 students who are on reduced priced lunches, or 46 percent of the student population.
Every resident and business in Denton can help address hunger by dropping food donations from June 15-26 at participating nonprofit and business locations throughout the city, which are available online at www.UnitedWayDenton.org/MDOC. This is also the second year that monetary donations will be accepted online. Food pantries are able to make each dollar go further by purchasing in bulk through existing partnerships. Every $1 donated buys three pounds of food.
The food drive will be held in June this year to better serve the needs of local food pantries and kitchens. Food donations slow down during the summer, yet the need increases with families and children out of school.
The Mayor's Day of Concern is a collaborative effort between the City of Denton and a team of local organizations including the Denton Community Food Center, Denton Community Market, Denton County Friends of the Family, Our Daily Bread, NCTC Corinth Campus, The Salvation Army of Denton, Vision Ministries, and United Way of Denton County. Results from the drive will be announced at the Mayor’s Day of Concern event at the Denton Community Market on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m.
In 2018, total food and cash collected equaled 15,126 pounds of food, thanks to the Denton community.