Bill Maher Surprises CitySquare with $23,000 Donation
|Date: May 9, 2017|
Last week, Bill Maher donated a total of $23,000 to CitySquare as part of his recent commitment to dedicate a portion of his show’s profits to charitable organizations in Dallas. The money came as a pleasant surprise to CitySquare, and will help to fund efforts to increase capacity for its large-scale food programs: Food on the Move and the CitySquare Food Pantry. Both programs have active fundraising appeals to expand their reach in the fight against food insecurity in Dallas.
Maher’s donation will go toward those appeals, but CitySquare will still need additional support from the community to meet its goals. “Mr. Maher’s donation was a welcome surprise and it’s going to be a huge help. We’re honored he chose us,” said John Siburt, President of CitySquare.
Food on the Move ensures children living in poverty have access to daily meals and educational stimuli during the summer. When that access is cut off during the three-month break between school years, impoverished kids become vulnerable to sliding behind their peers, a phenomenon known as summer learning loss. Volunteers with Food on the Move will travel to roughly 80 sites around the Dallas-Ft. Worth region each weekday this summer to provide meals and games that help to combat that loss.
A portion of the donation will also go to expanding storage capacity at CitySquare’s Food Pantry, which has already distributed more than half a million pounds of food to upward of 6,000 individuals so far in 2017. The upgrade adds shelving that will allow it to hold more food and ultimately serve more neighbors.