Each year, PPAI employees collect food and money to assist a local food pantry, Irving Cares. PPAI has supported Irving Cares since 2008 and has donated more than 14,000 pounds of goods to benefit hungry families in the community.
This year, PPAI employees contributed 866 pounds of food and $190 in cash, and a food grant match will more than double the Association’s food donation. The PPAI Community Services Committee, an internal group that coordinates the Association staff’s many outreach efforts, spearheaded the project.
Irving Cares is a United Way agency dedicated to providing Irving residents with temporary assistance and training to promote self-sufficiency. It offers such programs as food pantry access, financial assistance, patient transportation, psychotherapy counseling, employment services and medical prescription discounts. Through these services and others, it is able to buffer families from the financial crunch they may be experiencing. Through Irving Cares’ food pantry, groceries are provided to those needing emergency, temporary food supplies. It also provides supplemental assistance to senior citizens living on fixed incomes.