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.
Women Inspiring Philanthropy (WIP), a leading Arlington philanthropic group, has made a $50,000 grant to NEW DAY of Arlington to support its efforts to provide supplemental food to students in the Arlington Independent School District.
“This is an extraordinary and generous commitment by Women Inspiring Philanthropy that will enable New Day to expand its important programs that provide supplemental food to students in the Arlington ISD and summer programs,” said Michael McCoy, Vice-President of the NEW DAY board of directors.
Women Inspiring Philanthropy is a non-profit group of women seeking to transform lives in the Arlington area through philanthropy. Each member gives at least annually, which is then matched with donations by the local nonprofit organization.
Linda Dipert of Women Inspiring Philanthropy said, “WIP’s mission is to make change happen, but unprecedented times require you to pivot and reevaluate. During these days of uncertainty, feeding our children rises to the top of importance. We thank New Day for their passion, their heart, and their love for our children.”
Through NTGD Emergency Giving Day on May 5, 2020, 52 donors provided $6,490 to help feed hungry Arlington kids. This generous donation will allow us to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Arlington during the summer of 2020 and with Arlington Police Department’s summer camp.
During the week of March 23, NEW DAY delivered nearly 1,000 bags of weekend food to Mission Arlington. Because the AISD counselors are not available, Mission Arlington will deliver the food to AISD hungry students to continue NEW DAY’s mission! See more photos here.
A Major Loss On February 29, 2020, NEW DAY suffered a loss with the death of its President and its inspiration, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" Pense. You can read her obituary here. Feeding hungry children was near to the hearts of Betsy and her husband Glenn. They both have dedicated many hours to supporting NEW DAY. Everyone associated with NEW DAY offers deepest condolences to Glenn, the rest of Betsy's family, and her many friends.
February 2020 On February 20 and 24, 2020, NBC 5 ran stories on Arlington Women's Club's project to pay for and pack lunches for children during spring break:
September 2019 North Texas Giving Day - September 19, 2019
NEW DAY is participating in this year’s North Texas Giving Day campaign. Our 2019 goal is to raise $25,000. Please go to northtexasgivingday.org and look for the "Find Organizations" box in the top right hand corner of the page. Search for NEW DAY and donate. It’s easy.
Donations made between 6:00 am to 10:00 am on Giving Day, 9/19, will help NEW DAY become eligible for additional bonus money from the City's Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.
Thank you for helping NEW DAY provide weekend food bags to Arlington Independent School District students who are food insecure.
June 2019 Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club donated 750 snack bags for distribution to hungry kids in Arlington schools this Fall.
May 2019 Women Inspiring Philanthropy granted $50,000 over the next two years to increase the number of bags of food delivered to schools weekly and to identify, recruit and develop a fourth distribution site. Plans are underway to develop the new site within the next twelve months. Locations in east Arlington are presently being assessed.
September 2018 After Board members participated in a Spring Creek BBQ Spirit night event, the corporate office presented NEW DAY with a donation of $1,400.
June 2018 NEW DAY ended the school year serving 695 students a week at 39 schools, or 51% of all of the campuses in the Arlington ISD.
Spring 2018 Each NEW DAY distribution center held a food drive which resulted in over 5,000 individual food items collected.
February 2018 For the third year, the Arlington Women's Club purchased and prepared 300 bags of food for AISD students. The Club will once again help NEW DAY Spring 2019.
December 12, 2017 The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation granted $50,000 to help NEW DAY reach its goal of preparing and distributing 700 bags of food weekly.
October 1, 2017 The Presbyterian Synod of the Sun granted $1,000 to NEW DAY to support an increasing number of hungry students in the Arlington school district.
June 1, 2017 NEW DAY added a way you can help feed hungry children by enrolling in Kroger's Community Rewards Program. To participate, create a digital account at www.kroger.com. You may also enroll by downloading the Kroger mobile application from the appropriate app store. Once the digital account is created and linked to your Kroger card, select NEW DAY from the list of approved community organizations. NEW DAY will then receive a portion of all of your store purchases as a donation from Kroger.
March 26-April 9, 2017 SPRING FOOD DRIVE! Use the shopping guide on the Donate page to purchase food for hungry students. Bring food and plastic bags to either Grace Presbyterian Church at 5500 Mansfield Road or Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1330 South Fielder Road in Arlington, Texas and we will deliver the food to students at 32 schools.
January 3, 2017 The Fort Worth Foundation granted $10,000 to NEW DAY to expand the feeding program. The foundation was created to support local organizations in Ft. Worth and the North Texas area that feed the hungry and improve the lives of homeless residents.
November 16, 2016 NEW DAY volunteers highlighted in the Shorthorn, UT Arlington's campus newspaper.
October 21, 2016 The Presbyterian Synod of the Sun presented NEW DAY with a check for $750 at its IMAGINE2016, a celebration of the missions happening in congregations and presbyteries. The gift was for the video featured in the Photo Gallery section of this website.
October 19, 2016 Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation awarded $10,000 to NEW DAY. Board members joined Sprouts store staff at a table in the Arlington store as a part of the Foundation's launch of the 2016 round of grants. Approximately $1.6 million was distributed nationally by the Foundation this round. NEW DAY was one of six Texas community service organizations recognized by the Foundation. NBC Channel 5 highlighted the grant in its Tell Me Something Good segment.
October 12, 2016 The Presbyterian Synod of the Sun granted $5,000 to NEW DAY to recognize the work the organization is doing to feed hungry students in the Arlington Independent School District. Three local Presbyterian churches support the feeding program: Grace and Westminster in Arlington and West Fork in Grand Prairie.