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District Food Drive Triples Donations

Beaumont ISD hosted its annual food drive for the Southeast Texas Food Bank November 1-15, 2021, tripling past donations by collecting 17,150 pounds of food.

With over 20 campuses/buildings participating, students and staff generously donated non-perishable items to help make sure area families have food for the holidays.

“We want to thank the BISD family of schools for donating to the Southeast Texas Food Bank this year during our 2021 Fall Food Drive,” said Tamara Jarrell, Food Bank Volunteer Services and Community Relations.

All donations are sorted to make sure everything is 100 percent free of any contamination, then boxes are built for the local pantries and area families. “The BISD donation will equal 14,292 individual meals which we pack into distribution boxes. This will allow us to create 1,300 boxes to assist families in need have a more plentiful table this holiday season.”

The BISD Maintenance team utilized three moving trucks to pick up collected food items. The donation was so overwhelming, it took two trips and two days. 

“This is just an amazing end to 2021. Again, we are very grateful to BISD for choosing to support the Southeast Texas Food Bank in this capacity,” said Jarrell. “We extend our gratitude to the pupils, parents and staff. The generosity makes it possible to do what we do each day.”

Participating campuses/buildings include:

  • Amelia
  • Beaumont United
  • Bingman 
  • Blanchette 
  • Caldwood 
  • Charlton-Pollard 
  • Dishman 
  • Fehl-Price 
  • Fletcher 
  • Guess 
  • Homer Drive 
  • Jones-Clark 
  • King 
  • Lucas 
  • Martin 
  • Odom 
  • Pietzsch-MacArthur 
  • Regina-Howell 
  • Vincent 
  • Administration Building 
  • Administration Annex Building

West Brook, along with Curtis, Marshall and Taylor, hosted a food drive to benefit Some Other Place. 

“This year we counted the number of items instead of pounds since Some Other Place had specific needs for their pantry,” said West Brook Student Activities Director Tisha Smith. “Our total count was 9,251 items. The volunteers from Some Other Place were overwhelmed and truly grateful for our donations.” Tiffany Nguyen's math classes donated 7,239 of the items. Family classes at Beaumont’s Early College High School collected items for The Hope Food Pantry.