For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can stress tight food budgets. The USDA offers free meals to children age 18 and younger through the Summer Food Service Program to help alleviate some of this strain.
THI Dallas and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas co-facilitate the Dallas Summer and Supper Council, which works with the 80 sponsoring organizations that provide Summer Meals to over 1000 sites in Dallas County. The Council supports sponsors in implementing best practices in order to expand participation as well as the quality of meals and programming offered.
The Dallas Excellence in Summer Meals Campaign (ESMC) is a project of the Texas Hunger Initiative, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to recognize Summer Meals sponsoring organizations that are utilizing best practices in programming, operations, food quality, outreach and marketing. We are excited to announce the 2016 Excellence in Summer Meals recognized sponsors! See the infographic below for the full list. For more information about each of the recognized sponsors, as well as the methodology of ESMC, download the 2017 ESMC Recognized Sponsor Guide.
THI Dallas reaches out to school districts across the area to discuss the importance of breakfast in the daily lives of students. We help school districts implement Universal School Breakfast programs and alternative breakfast delivery models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab-and-Go Breakfast in order to increase breakfast participation.
The federal Afterschool Meals Program funds afterschool meals and snacks year-round. THI Dallas is working with non-profits and school districts to expand participation to ensure that all children have access to afterschool meals.
To learn more about the ways we are addressing child hunger and to get involved as an individual or an organization, contact Loretta Landry, THI Dallas’ Regional Manager for Child Hunger Outreach.