For nearly a decade, Mission Moms has been tirelessly serving thousands of
Denton County families. From delivering meals to school supplies, Mission Moms
is all about serving the most deserving in our community. At the helm of this mighty ship is Kathryn Flores.
Kathryn is passionate about serving the needs of others. “My heart aches, keeps me up almost every night just trying to think of
ways we can do more, serve more!” When COVID-19 hit, Kathryn and Mission
Moms did not back down. “They are my babies,” Kathryn says. “These are
families who have seen every challenge possible prior to a pandemic, and now is
no different than our other missions.”
Kathryn knows first-hand that there are genuine, empathetic people, within the
community so good things will continue to happen, and no challenge will be feared.
Her servant mindset and knack for turning resourceful thoughts into
action are exactly what a lot of underprivileged families need right now amid the COVID19 pandemic. “As awful as the entire situation is on so many levels, you
truly get to experience the goodness in our people, the people in your corner,
and that are energized by the efforts,” says Kathryn.
Mission Moms is a Denton County-based 501(c)3 community nonprofit serving
local, deserving families throughout the year, not just in a crisis like COVID-19.
Covering nearly 26 schools and several districts, they rely on continuous
cooperation with Communities in Schools of North Texas, district liaisons,
counselors, social services, superintendents as well as local and state
government. Of the roughly 32,000 students in Denton ISD, 46% qualify for the
state-funded free or reduced meal program through the Child Nutrition
Department. Mission Moms served over 250 food bags in their Spring Break
Blessings mission just a week before the pandemic onset. They continue to
serve alongside DISD by distributing meals to low-income communities via bus
routes as well as their own “feet-on-the-street” grocery deliveries.
Every Saturday, the Mission Moms team takes their meals mobile by assembling
food bags from area donations and then goes out in the community to serve the
deserving. This community impact has been reaching over 2000 kids per week!
“So much of our community has stepped up! It’s wild that it takes a pandemic to slow us down, maybe open our eyes and hearts a little more to those that struggle every day in our own backyard.”
To date, Mission Moms has received help and food donations from churches,
local government friends, Double Oak Town Hall, neighbors, school districts, and
local restaurants. Even with all that support, the group needs even more help as
children remain out of school and families fall on harder times through job losses
“Our goal remains steadfast, teach the Servant’s Heart. I love the energy and power of good people helping in extraordinary times in my beloved Denton County. We will rise up out of this even stronger, I have no doubts.” She added.
What can you do to help Mission Moms?
Food donations drop off at Harpool Middle School Gym (back of school) 9061
Stacee Lane are accepted Monday through Friday 4-6 pm. Additionally, you can
text or message for individual porch donation pick-ups. You can also follow
Mission Moms on Facebook and Instagram or on the web for updates.
Non-perishable and pre-packaged items are always in high demand. Below is a
list of the most crucial items during this time:
Cereal, oatmeal, pancake/Bisquick mix
Peanut butter, jelly, and bread
Ramen noodles, mac and cheese
Cans of ravioli, chips, and fruit cups
Rice, beans, and cornbread mix
Rice-A-Roni and boxed pasta salad
Canned meat with meal kit
Large canned vegetables and boxed potatoes
As Kathryn looks to the future she shares, “Denton County is better than any virus and will not stop. We have met and partnered with some of the best organizations, businesses, schools, local and state government over the years and will continue to fight. We just have to do more.”