SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 18, 2020) — Councilwoman Ana Sandoval teamed up with the San Antonio Food Bank to host two Back to School Drive Thrus to provide children in need with food and school supplies. Over the course of two weekends, the District 7 Team provided school supplies to over 800 elementary school students in NISD, SAISD, and Edgewood School District. Each participating student was identified by their school as needing assistance.
"This year, we wanted to try something different than the come-one come-all back to school events we have hosted in the past," said Councilwoman Sandoval. "Instead, we worked with school counselors to identify the students whose families were most in need and invited them. This way, our limited resources reach those who most need help."
Students and families were greeted by their school principals, teachers, counselors, and librarians—all of whom were smiling, waving, and exclaiming just how much they missed them. NISD Trustee Katie Reed and SAISD Chief of Staff Tiffany Grant joined the welcoming committee and greeted participants.
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"Seeing the students light up as they saw their teachers and counselors was easily the most heartwarming thing I've seen in a long time," said Councilwoman Sandoval.
Continuing on the drive thru, the families met with representatives from several City departments and community organizations at each stop in the drive thru, including representatives from Metro Health's Healthy Neighborhood Program, the Department of Human Services, Neighborhood and Housing Services, SAWS, the Census Bureau, and Texas Rio Grande Valley Legal Aid.
At the end of the drive thru, families popped their trunks so that volunteers could load up boxes of food from the San Antonio Food Bank and bags of school supplies. In total, about 800 students from 26 elementary schools received much-needed food and school supplies.
The event was made possible by the generous contributions received from Port Authority of San Antonio, Frost Bank, Jefferson Bank, Endeavors, Providence Place, and none other than Thomas Jefferson High School graduate Greg Simmons. Thanks to the San Antonio Police Department for providing traffic services for both events.
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