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ELITExas and IIAT Raise More than $35,000 for Feeding Texas

Jun 23, 2020

IIAT and its young professionals group, ELITExas, are proud to announce that they raised $35,280 for Feeding Texas. Each year, ELITExas hosts a community service project during IIAT’s annual conference, INSURCON. Due to Covid-19, IIAT transformed INSURCON 2020 into a virtual event. For their virtual community service project, ELITExas organized an online fundraising drive benefiting Feeding Texas.

The Feeding Texas network is the largest hunger-relief organization in Texas. Together with 21 member food banks, they reach over 4 million Texans annually with food and resources and engage the state in the fight against hunger.

“Thanks to contributions from IIAT members, and with a $17,640 match from IIAT, we are pleased to donate $35,280 to help feed Texans in need during the pandemic. Feeding Texas is a great organization, and their work is especially important during a crisis like the one we’re in now,” said former ELITExas Chair Billy Crocker. The amount raised will fund more than 140,000 meals for hungry Texans.

“Every dollar helps us get food to the tables of families that need us across the state,” said Feeding Texas CEO Celia Cole.

“During the pandemic, we’ve seen a doubling of need for people seeking help from us, and about half of those folks are coming to food assistance for the first time. We’re delivering about 21 million pounds of food weekly now and serving about 400,000 families every week. We expect that to continue, so we’re so grateful for the support we see from people in the community and places like IIAT,” said Cole.

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(L-R) William Page, Billy Crocker, Jill Douglas, Dawn Starostka (Feeding Texas), Meredith Spears


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About IIAT

The Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) expands the value and influence of independent insurance agencies via advocacy, training, business solutions, professional networking, and market resources.

Independent insurance agents represent multiple insurance companies; they aren’t employees of any single insurance company. Their independence empowers them to focus exclusively on providing their customers with the best, most personalized insurance options possible.

As the largest association of independent agencies in the country—representing nearly 1,500 agencies that employ approximately 20,000 Texans—IIAT provides a wide range of products and resources to the insurance industry. Each year, IIAT delivers more than 250 days of education, ongoing legislative and regulatory advocacy, access to new insurance markets, customized business solutions, and answers to thousands of specific questions from across the state (and country).

Learn more online at IIAT is affiliated with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA, the “Big I”) and TrustedChoice. There are 14 local, standalone associations in Texas.