“The Amadi Guess Foundation was founded in 2009 by Iesha Goree, who began feeding and mentoring 50 children in at-risk communities out of her kitchen with the mission to provide children from underserved communities, access to nutritious meals.
“After receiving a grant from the USDA, securing several key partnerships and an award from the Texas Department of Agriculture for its service in the community, the Amadi Guess Foundation has managed to weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to children facing hunger. AGF currently has 39 at-risk feeding sites and has served over 4 million meals to at-risk children year to date.
“In 2014, Mrs. Goree and her team successfully launched free after school programs in Irving ISD and now educates and feed thousands of students at 16 schools.
“With Mrs. Goree’s vision and a lot of hard work on the part of her and her team, the organization is ready to cover more ground in North Texas. North Texas Giving Day is important for AGF because the funds will help create countless opportunities for more school districts to have after school programs. “These programs are offered free of charge and provides not only nutritious meals, but enrichment and tutoring as well.
“In 2015, The Amadi Guess Foundation participated in North Texas Giving Day for the first time and raised over $300. The funds went towards our goal of feeding and promoting the importance of education, exercise and eating right to 5,000+ children per day in the Dallas, Ft. Worth, Irving, and Arlington area!
“Mrs. Goree continues to share her experience with local school superintendents who have not yet adopted an after school at-risk program. She encourages them to think about the outcome, rather than the obstacles.
“Almost one in four children in America face hunger. These children will endure lifelong consequences as a result of having limited access to nutritious foods. In fact, they’re more likely to suffer poorer health, fatigue, hospitalizations, behavioral difficulties and impaired performance at school. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide these resources for parents who need to stay late for work or can’t afford after school care and students in need of a safe-haven and a hot nutritious meal.
“Donate here on September 22nd (6 a.m.-midnight) so we can conquer childhood hunger together and bring programs like ours into more schools! Thank you, in advance for supporting AGF and our continuous efforts in North Texas.”
By Victoria Goodlow, Assistant Program Director for The Amadi Guess Foundation
* Graphic provided by The Amadi Guess Foundation ** Photo credit Franklin Williams, FJRStudios _______
In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $119 million into the North Texas community. In 2015, $33 million was raised through more than 118,000 gifts benefiting over 2,000 nonprofits.
On Thursday, September 22, support The Amadi Guess Foundation by linking here and spreading the word. #NTxGivingDay