JULY 2015
Did you know we have a short summer session at the Village Library? For a few weeks each summer, students who need extra help in reading or math work with tutors to review what they learned the previous year and prepare for the year ahead. This year, nine students are receiving summer help at the Village Library.
August 14
Mobile Food Pantry
August 31
Mission Central Job and Resource Fair
September 17
North Texas Giving day
We hope to purchase a box truck for the Village Pantry by the end of the year. A truck will ease the burden on volunteers who currently use their own vehicles to move about 200,000 pounds of food from grocery stores and the Tarrant Area Food Bank to the pantry each year. The truck would also allow us to increase the amount of fresh produce given out, as we would have more capacity to pick this food up from the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Along with the truck, we wish to purchase a small forklift.

To protect items that are coming into the Village Pantry, as well as to help keep our volunteers comfortable in inclement weather, we would like an awning for the cargo door of the Village Pantry.

The school year will start at the end of August, and we have a list of new books we would like to add to the Village Library shelves.

If you're interested in helping with the purchase of any of these items, please contact Paula Jernigan at 817-595-0011 ext. 104 or paula.jernigan@missioncentraltx.org for more information.
President: Monte Ramey
Vice President: Jay Thompson
Secretary: Donna Barnes
Treasurer: Henry Joyner
Past President: Dorothy Leaderer

Lee Baldwin
Stan Cramb
Mike Gandy
Clint Jones
Kevin Henson
David Nash
Bob Nethers
Michael Ramey
11,721 pounds of food collected for Mayor's Hunger Challenge
On May 16th, HEB ISD Superintendent Steve Chapman issued a challenge to the mayors of Hurst, Euless and Bedford to see which city could bring in the most food donations by July 4th.

Chapman issued this challenge because he knows that almost 13,000 students in the HEB ISD are food insecure. During the summer months, these children do not have access to the same free and reduced lunch options that are available during the school year. This causes an increase in demand for food pantries like Mission Central's Village Pantry. By challenging the mayors, Chapman hoped to help stock pantry shelves so that students can continue to have access to healthy food during the summer months.

Mayors, businesses, and citizens responded to the challenge by donating 11,721 pounds of food during the 7-week challenge. The donations were split between Mission Central's Village Pantry and the New Hope Center at 6 Stones, with each pantry receiving more than 5,000 pounds of food. At the end of the challenge, the city of Bedford was the winner and Mayor Jim Griffin received the "Golden Can" award.

Thanks to everyone who donated food to this wonderful challenge. Special thanks also go to the volunteers who helped pick up donations at various locations and sort the donated food. With your help, we will help keep the children of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford healthy and fed this summer.
Mission Central to host Job and Resource Fair on August 31
smiling-sharp-man.jpg When a family enters the Family Opportunities Program, one of their top priorities is always to find employment. This is key to helping the family find housing and financial stability.

In fact, finding employment, or better employment, is a top goal of many of the families who visit Mission Central. To help empower these families to improve their own quality of life, Mission Central will be hosting a Job and Resource Fair on August 31st. The event will take place from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Hurst. 

Job-seekers should come prepared to share their resumes with local employers who are currently hiring. They will also have the opportunity to visit with community resource providers who can help with needs such as applying for WIC or getting health insurance for children. We'll also have a "Dress for Success" show featuring affordable, professional attire from the Coat of Many Colors Resale Shop.

There are a few spots left for employers who wish to participate in the Job and Resource Fair. Participation is free, but you must return the form found on our website by August 10.
Mark your calendar for North Texas Giving Day
North Texas Giving Day is scheduled for September 17th. Be sure to mark your calendar and prepare to help us reach our goal of raising $45,000 on this fun day of giving throughout the Metroplex.

On North Texas Giving Day, every gift of at least $25 made through  www.northtexasgivingday.org will be eligible for bonus and prize funds awarded through the Communities Foundation of Texas. Additionally, there will be matching funds available to just Mission Central due to the generosity of a group of local donors. Be on the lookout in August for more information about this additional matching opportunity, and how your dollars will have more impact on North Texas Giving Day this year.
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