Organizations join together to aid families in need
DESOTO, TEXAS, – DeSoto Independent School District, The Hill Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Feed the Children joined together to lend a hand to DeSoto-area families in need Mon., Sep. 26. A total of 400 families took home enough food and essentials boxes to fill a semitruck at the DeSoto High School Multi-Purpose Center (600 Eagle Drive) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Because hunger can’t be tackled alone, Feed the Children’s partner agency, DeSoto Independent School District, pre-identified the 400 families. These families each received a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; a box of assorted Avon products; children’s Disney books; and a four-pound bag of frozen chicken made possible through an in-kind donation from Walmart and Store Manager Laran Patterson who assisted with the donation.
The event was made possible thanks to a generous gift from a private donor. Members of the DeSoto football team and cheer squad, as well as Walmart employees, were on-site to assist and support during the event.
This event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In DeSoto alone, nearly 12 percent of families live below the poverty line. Often, these families are unsure where they will find their next meal.
“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “We are honored to have partnered with the DeSoto Independent School District and The Hill CDC in the fight to end hunger here in our nation’s backyard.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.