The Forney Food Pantry renovation project

The Forney Food Pantry was damaged by an EF3 tornado on April 3, 2012. Months passed before the pantry's warehouse was repaired and, once it was, the pantry issued a plea to the community for food after their shelves were nearly empty.

The plea for help and subsequent community support made the pantry the perfect choice for the 2013-14 Forney Leadership Class who were searching for a community project that would benefit as many citizens as possible.

Over the next six months, the Forney Leadership Class brought together local business owners and community leaders to donate their time, money, equipment, and expertise to the Forney Food Pantry.

A new heating and air conditioning system was installed by Crown Mechanical Services of Forney, Texas, with a cage to protect the outside unit. For the first time ever, the pantry was able to accept and distribute perishable items after a commercial refrigerator was donated.

The class also built a new website for the pantry and created Facebook and Twitter accounts to help raise awareness for the pantry and provide more information to the community. A laptop and printer were also donated so the pantry could print forms and manage records.

The class also developed a community drop-off location program which utilizes decals for businesses to identify themselves as a drop-off location.

The class presented its progress to the Forney City Council who, in turn, granted the pantry $25,000 to purchase a refrigerated box truck so they could pick up more food from the North Texas Food Bank and other area food services. The grant will also be used to purchase a pallet jack and complete some of the remaining items on the class's to-do list.

Other businesses who donated their time or service to the Forney Food Pantry include Madix Inc. of Terrell, Texas, Isuzu Trucks of Rockwall, Texas, the United Way of Forney, Texas, and the City of Forney.