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MES & NES Soap Challenge

In a challenge between two elementary schools in Lavon and Nevada, Community ISD students responded to a need of a new local food pantry and collected over 3,700 soap items during the month of October!!

Student leaders from the NeSmith Elementary Kindness and Compassion Club and the McClendon Elementary Student Council will be loading up and delivering the items to the Seven Loaves East food pantry on Friday, November 18, 2016.

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Students at both schools were challenged to collect as many household soap items during the month of October. The students at NeSmith Elementary won the challenge with 2,372 items collected by a little over 350 students. The challenge was a project of the Kindness and Compassion Club at NeSmith Elementary, which is lead by counselor Mandy Zapata. 

“This was a great opportunity for our students to be involved in a service learning and collect items for a food pantry that is helping families in need right here where we live,” said Ms. Zapata. “We talked a lot about how doing something small, like donating a bottle of dish soap or laundry detergent, could help make a huge difference in the day-to-day life of a child that lives here in our community.”

Seven Loaves East is a new monthly food pantry distribution that serves Copeville, Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, and Nevada, TX in southeastern Collin County.

Reverend Katie Shockley is the pastor of Community United Methodist Church and was the driving force behind bringing this resource to the families of southeastern Collin County. "The support Seven Loaves East has received from Community ISD, area churches, and volunteers has been outstanding. Household items, such as soap, cannot be purchased using the state’s food assistance program, so this donation will make a big difference to our families," said Rev. Shockley. 

Students Count Soap at MES NES soap Seven Loaves East is a satellite food pantry of Seven Loaves food pantry operated out of St. Andrew UMC and serves residents of Collin County. Starting with 12 volunteers and one client seven years ago, Seven Loaves now serves 800 families a month. The operators of Seven Loaves had been looking for a way to expand their services to southeastern Collin County and we were looking for a partner to bring food into southeastern Collin County. Thus, Seven Loaves East was born.

Each month the number of families receiving food from Seven Loaves East has grown, from 18 in June to over 30 families in October and more expected for the November 19th distribution, which will include food for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.