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​Contact: Alex Lyda
214-378-1819; alyda@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — April 30, 2020

(DALLAS) — Dallas County Community College District donated a whopping 5.8 tons of food to the community last week, as all seven colleges swung open their food bank doors for the greater good in response to COVID-19.

A district team from facilities coordinated food deliveries to food banks and community partners across DFW, effectively clearing district shelves as campuses remain shut down because of the pandemic, said Adrienne Thompson, senior director of strategic partnership development with the Dallas County Community College District Foundation. 

With campuses inaccessible to students, the food could have gone to waste otherwise.

The food went to several community food banks and nonprofit groups in Dallas County, including Metrocrest Services, Irving Cares and the Cedar Hill Food Pantry. More than 3,000 pounds of food was distributed to those organizations. Several faith-based organizations, such as Grace Place Church of Christ in Dallas, where a Mountain View truck pulled up with nearly 1,000 pounds of food, also took delivery of dried and canned goods that once stocked district food pantries.

The distribution team, organized by Facilities Management and Operations Director Scott Wright, with the help of Richland Sustainability Project Coordinator Sonia Ford, fanned out across the area in a coordinated effort that included staff from all seven colleges. Josh Garcia, a Mountain View HVAC technician, assisted with the delivery to Grace Place Church.

“We’re here for the community trying to help out, like we do with our students,” Garcia said. “We are here for them, and we haven’t forgotten them.”

Food banks on all seven campuses will be replenished as campuses re-open at a later date. For more information on district food banks, please visit DCCCD Community Services.

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