The Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program kicked off on Friday, June 18 with a day of community service at the North Texas Food Bank.
About 80 high school interns, newly elected Plano Mayor John Muns, and other volunteers spent several hours sorting and packing boxes of food for North Texas families in need. The food bank has seen an increase in demand over the past year due to the pandemic.
âIt’s exciting to have the opportunity to work alongside our summer interns on this community service day,â Muns said in a prepared statement. âGiving back to our community to help our underserved people is a great investment for everyone involved. I hope today’s event inspires these students to become lifelong servant leaders.
In addition to Muns, Plano City Council members Rick Grady and Julie Holmer, Deputy City Manager Greg Rushin and NTT DATA CEO Bob Pryor also participated. NTT DATA sponsored the event and presented the food bank with a check for $ 25,000.
In total, the group of volunteers packed 17,326 pounds of food – enough for 14,438 meals, according to a city announcement.
âGiving back is good, but when we find our sleeves next to our mayor it is even more meaningful and memorable,â Kirti Moteka, a senior at Plano East Senior High who works in government affairs with the city de Plano, said in a prepared statement. âIt’s great to see everyone come together and make such a difference in just a few hours.
Hundreds of students have participated in the Mayor’s Internship Program since its launch in 2014. Through the program, students gain real-world work experience in small and large businesses, non-profit groups, and government agencies.
Interns earn at least $ 10 an hour and work 20 to 40 hours per week.