Iesha Goree is a mentor and a philanthropist. For the last 10 years, she
has been a leading anti-hunger activist and advocate for children. In 2009,
Iesha founded The Amadi Guess Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated
to feeding children in North Texas. In 2010, Iesha joins The Texas Department
of Agriculture as state sponsor to attack childhood hunger in Texas and
has been working tirelessly since to increase national awareness on this
often hidden issue.
Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Mrs. Goree had first hand experience in
receiving free meals from the local churches and participating parks and
recreation. “Providing meals to children who go without is something I
am very passionate about. I was that child, I was that kid trying to figure
out where my next meal was coming from.” states Mrs. Goree. “I want to
ensure more low income children get breakfast, lunch and dinner all of
the time, not just when they’re in school.” “The simple act of providing
free after school dinner has a significant impact on kids whose parents
can’t afford to feed them and they often go without”.
In September 2010, The Amadi Guess Foundation launches a partnership with
The Boys & Girls Club of Arlington and The Boys & Girls Club of
In October 2014, Iesha met with a number of board directors and superintendents
to discuss childhood hunger in their schools. The Irving Independent School
District created an opportunity for an After School Program completely
free to students and parents; several of the board members on hand were
looking for real life solutions to barriers that existed to provide an
enrichment program that not only provided a tutoring but also provided
nutritious meals and Mrs. Goree and The Amadi Guess Foundation were able
to give them solid examples of steps to take to implement the innovative
program. In September 2014, Mrs. Goree and her team successfully launched
thirteen Free After School Programs in Irving ISD schools.
Mrs. Goree continues to share her experience with local school superintendents
who have not yet adopted an after school at-risk program. She encourages
them to think about the outcome, rather than the obstacles.
With Mrs. Goree’s vision and a lot of hard work on the part of her and
her team, The Amadi Guess Foundation has 39 at-risk feeding sites and has
served over 4 million meals to At-Risk children year to date.
“This is only the beginning, we haven’t even scratched the surface.” says