November 17, 2020 - NEW DAY of Arlington efforts to help feed hungry kids in our community received a significant boost from Atmos Energy Corp. The Dallas-based natural gas supplier recently made a $30,000 grant to support the work of NEW DAY.
“We are committed to helping students have a bright and healthy future by fighting childhood hunger through our Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities initiative,” said Kelly Biegler, Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division Public Affairs Manager. “No child should go to bed hungry, and we are grateful to our local nonprofit and school district partners like NEW DAY and Arlington ISD for ensuring that children have regular access to healthy snacks and meals.”
“NEW DAY is extremely grateful for this generous contribution from Atmos Energy to support our vital mission of providing supplemental food supplies to students in Arlington schools,” said Martha Kinard, President of NEW DAY.
“There are many families in Arlington where hunger is an ongoing concern, a situation exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic and economic downturn. Students receive meals at schools during the week, but there may be little food at home on weekends, a need that NEW DAY addresses with bags of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food and snacks.”
NEW DAY is continuing its years-long effort to provide supplemental food to AISD students despite the uncertainty and class schedule disruptions that have complicated the efforts of Arlington schools.
NEW DAY volunteers, working with school counselors, have been delivering hundreds of bags of food weekly for students attending schools in person and students that are attending class virtually.
Recently, NEW DAY has significantly increased the amount of food provided in each student’s bad. The NEW DAY board approved the additional food distribution and the expenses involved for purchasing of food supplies. That action was enabled by generous community donations.
NEW DAY provides weekend food to hungry children. Watch the video!
NEW DAY feeds children in Arlington with the school district as our partner. We work directly with school counselors to find the students who are either hungry or who may be food insecure. The latter are kids who may not be hungry all the time but who do not have a consistent stream of nutritious food available to them. Counselors identify these kids and contact NEW DAY for the delivery of bags of food on Fridays. The bags are discreetly distributed to students by the counselors.
NEW DAY began as an outreach ministry of Grace Presbyterian Church and it subsequently became an independent tax-exempt nonprofit organization. NEW DAY still has close ties to the faith community. In fact, churches are an important aspect of our business plan. We have established three food packing production lines with the combined capacity of delivering 900 bags of food each week to Title I schools in Arlington. Production lines have been established at Grace Presbyterian, Westminster Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist. We expect to establish other production lines in churches over the next few years so that we may feed all of the hungry kids in the school district.