Nearly 800 students from several Austin-area school districts will gather on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the Central Texas Food Bank to unload and donate collections of food and coats for A Legacy of Giving’s (Legacy) ninth-annual Day of Service.
Day of Service is a city-wide event that brings together students from diverse schools, nonprofit partners, school district representatives, local media and community members. It is the culminating event for the Food and Coat Drive, which all 42 Legacy schools are leading on their campuses. The food is donated to the Central Texas Food Bank and the warm coats are contributed to Junior League of Austin’s Coats for Kids.
In 2016, the students donated more than 28,000 pounds of food and nearly 2,000 coats, and the students are hoping to surpass those numbers this year. Students will enthusiastically unload the food and coats from PODS containers, while wearing Day of Service t-shirts and dancing to music provided by a DJ. Students will be served lunch, donated by H-E-B, participate in nutrition education activities and volunteer inside the Food Bank. This joyous gathering will provide thousands of meals and coats for local residents in need as winter approaches.
“Legacy’s Day of Service is a rare opportunity for a diverse group of students, from a variety of public and private schools in the Austin-area, to come together with a common goal of giving back to our community. The students have learned about hunger and food insecurity in our area, they have advocated on behalf of that issue and worked very hard to lead food and coat drives on their campuses. We are thrilled to celebrate their commitment and efforts,” said Caroline Page, Executive Director, A Legacy of Giving.
“The Day of Service is a yearly highlight for us here at the Food Bank,” said Derrick Chubbs, President & CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank. “Not only does it help stock our shelves during the high-demand holiday season, the enthusiasm shown by the students is contagious as they experience first-hand what it’s like to help their neighbors in need.”
A Legacy of Giving is a nonprofit creating a culture of compassion through education and leadership development. Legacy envisions a society of empathetic individuals building stronger communities through service and giving. To learn more, please visit www.alegacyofgiving.org.