ITALY — Despite the holiday season wrapping up, Italy ISD teachers, faculty, staff and administration have maintained their giving spirit. As a way to kick off the spring semester, the district closed down Tuesday, Jan. 3 to spend their time volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank [NTFB].

The NFTB, located in Dallas, was established in 1982 by four motivated individuals who decided to “address the critical issue of hunger” in and around Dallas County. Within the organization’s first year, nearly 400,000 pounds of food was collected

As told by its website, “[...] NTFB continues the fight against hunger as a certified member of the Feeding America Food Bank Network. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, solicits food and grocery products from national suppliers, distributes them through more than 200 food banks and provides food banks with operational support. It also educates the public and government officials about the ongoing problem of hunger.”

Italy ISD Superintendent Lee Joffre shared that the staff all have a close relationship and that the district participates in team building activities throughout the school year.

"I am very proud of the giving nature of our staff. Each employee is working here today as if they were serving their own families and I am not surprised. This is a representation of how they work for students every day. Italy ISD is blessed to have such dedicated employees,” Joffre stated.

Thirteen counties are featured in the NTFB network and include Dallas, Denton, Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Lamar, Delta, and Hopkins County.

According to the NTFB website, “Including access provided through SNAP application services, we provided access to 70 million nutritious meals last year. We have a network of more than 200 Partner Agencies and provide access to food at more than 1,000 feeding locations. [...] Every dollar donated to NTFB provides three meals to hungry North Texans, and out of every dollar, 94 cents goes directly to hunger-relief programs.”

Nearly 190,000 daily nutritious meals are provided by the NTFB and of those, Joffre noted that Italy ISD prepared 33,000 meals within their two-hour volunteer window.

To learn more, donate, get involved or for inquiries regarding assistance, further information can be found at www.ntfb.org/home or by calling (214) 330-1396.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

(469) 517-1454