Throughout the month of August, Southwire’s Carrollton facilities collected more than 2,500 food items for the Carrollton City Schools’ food pantry, which is dedicated to providing food for the students living in poverty throughout the Carrollton community.
According to Carrollton City Schools, more than 300 children in the city of Carrollton were identified as homeless throughout the 2017-2018 school year, and more than 60 percent of Carrollton Elementary and Middle School students qualified for free or reduced lunch. Understanding the need in the Carrollton community, the food pantry is especially focused on meeting the needs of students on extended holidays and during summer vacation.
“As a school system, of course we are focused on educating children, but it goes way beyond that,” said Amanda Carden, director of student support at Carrollton City Schools. “We are dedicated to serving the whole child, and in doing so, we support not only the children, but their siblings, their parents and their families. Southwire’s generous donation to our food pantry fits this overarching mission, and we are truly grateful to have this partnership. Southwire’s support is helping us lead the way to a brighter future by nurturing our children first.”
The collection was led by Southwire’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative as a partnership with Southwire’s Project GIFT®. After learning of the need in the community, Southwire set out to collect non-perishable goods that will be distributed to families throughout the rest of the year and during the holiday break.
“The opportunity to partner with the Carrollton City Schools to address a tangible need in our community aligns with our commitment to give back to all the communities in which we live and operate,” said Cara Herzog, Southwire training manager and D&I champion. “We are incredibly proud of our employees and how much they gave to ensure that others would not go without. The success of this collection and the continued partnership between Southwire and the city school system is a true reflection of the generous spirit that defines our community.”
The Carrollton City Schools’ food pantry accepts donations throughout the year in efforts to continue their commitment to lowering childhood hunger in the community. For more information on how to donate, contact Amanda Carden at email@example.com. For more updates about Southwire, please stay tuned to southwireblog.com.
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