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Food drives help ease hunger

Kudos to those who donated food recently during a weeklong competition leading up to the third annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry in Denton.

Thanks to your generosity, local food banks got a big boost with donations of about 13,000 pounds of boxed and canned goods.

The impressive results were announced at a press conference by Mayor Mark Burroughs, who said the drive brought in 4,000 more pounds of food this year than last year. Highlights included:

Employees with James Wood AutoPark were honored for bringing in the most donations, a total of 3,056 pounds of boxed and canned goods;

DATCU led financial institutions that participated in the drive with 774 pounds of food;

Newton Rayzor Elementary School students brought in the most from participating area schools, at 408 pounds; and

The offices of state Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, collected 286 pounds, the most among elected officials who participated.

Representatives of several community groups that will benefit from the drive were present for the mayor’s announcement, including the Denton Community Food Center, Denton County Friends of the Family, Denton County MHMR, First Refuge Ministries, Health Services of North Texas, Our Daily Bread, Salvation Army, SPAN Meals on Wheels, The Shepherd’s Hand and Vision Ministries.

Burroughs said he became concerned about the local problem with hunger after visiting with officials at the Denton school district who told him that more than 700 school children are homeless and another 11,000 participate in the district’s free or reduced lunch and breakfast programs.

We commend those who helped make the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry drive such a success and we remind everyone that hunger is a year-round problem and needs our ongoing attention.

The Denton Community Food Center, 109 W. Sycamore St., accepts cash and food donations year-round. The center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cash donations — $10 can buy $70 worth of food at regional food banks — can be mailed to Denton Community Food Center, P.O. Box 2121, Denton, TX 76202.

To see food items on the center’s wish list, visit and click on the donations tab.

Another chance to help is coming up Saturday. That’s the date selected for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service.

All you have to do is put nonperishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox, and your postal carrier will do the rest.

It doesn’t get any easier than that, so plan to participate in this drive and make regular donations to support local food banks throughout the year.

If we all pitch in to help, we can make sure that none of our neighbors go hungry.