A week-long drive under the banner of the Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry yielded 10,674 pounds of food, donated to Denton food banks.
An estimated 115,480 Denton County residents, including one in four children, face hunger and food insecurity.
During a press conference Friday, Denton Mayor Chris Watts recognized groups that donated the most during the drive. All numbers listed are a combination of food and cash donated:
— Top School was North Texas Collegiate Academy with 3,551 pounds of food.
— Top Service Group was GOAL, a Denton school district service program, with 2,548 pounds of food.
Among the top businesses, DATCU was recognized as Top Financial Institution for donating 625 pounds of food, Safran for Top Business with 445 pounds and Classic of Denton for Top Car Dealership with 250 pounds.
The donations go directly to Denton-area nonprofit groups, including Our Daily Bread, Denton County Friends of the Family, the Salvation Army of Denton, First Refuge Ministries, Denton County MHMR, Denton Community Food Center, Vision Ministries and the on-campus student pantries at Texas Woman's University and North Central Texas College.
FEATURED PHOTO: Mayor Chris Watts gives a brief press conference at Serve Denton on Friday as the Mayor's Day of Concern for the Hungry food drive collected more than 10,000 pounds of food.