In an amazing outpouring of generosity, the Dickinson ISD community of students, parents, employees and other supporters raised $18,200 through the district’s two-week “Money for Meals” fundraiser for the M.I. Lewis Social Service Center. The amount was initially $17,774, as shown in the photo below; however, after the presentation the amount rose with some additional donations.
For the past 20 years, Dickinson ISD has been supporting M.I. Lewis through the “Stuff the Bus” event, inviting students, parents and employees to donate non-perishable items to the M.I. Lewis Food Pantry. In 2010, the event was expanded to also accept monetary donations. Due to COVID-19 precautions this year, the district was unable to host the traditional “Stuff the Bus” event, so “Money for Meals” was created to only accept monetary donations.
COVID-19 has been a challenge for M.I. Lewis this year as the center was forced to cancel their annual gala in August due to pandemic precautions. At the same time, more families are in need as a result of job interruptions and job lossed due to the ongoing pandemic.
Monetary donations are a huge support to M.I. Lewis. Through a relationship with the Galveston County Food Bank, M.I. Lewis is able to purchase $10 worth of food for only $1, so the “Money for Meals” donation will enable M.I. Lewis to purchase $182,000 worth of food through the Galveston County Food Bank. M.I. Lewis can also use monetary donations to purchase perishable food items that can’t be donated through a traditional food drive.
Thank you Gator Nation for your support of M.I. Lewis and know that every dollar raised is staying in the Dickinson ISD community to help our own Gator Nation families in need.