Dallas ISD, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Texas Hunger Initiative held a kickoff celebration on June 13 at J.N. Bryan Elementary School to raise awareness of the summer meals program that provides breakfast and lunch to all students and children.
The kickoff celebration included a water balloon battle, games, and much more.
Dallas ISD’s Food and Child Nutrition department serves over 125,000 students each day during the school year. However, on average, only 14 percent take advantage of the no-cost summer meal program.
“Summertime should mean fun for kids, but the reality is that summer can mean hunger for many families, and there is a resource that can fill that gap,” said United Way of Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson. “Our goal is to make sure that kids’ bellies are full this summer. No child should go hungry.”
More than 200 Dallas ISD schools are serving meals over the summer, and families can go here to see the nearest location serving free breakfast and lunch.
“We are open all summer for students and children in the community to come to their local school that’s open for summer meals, have some breakfast and lunch, and have some fun,” said Julie Farris, director of Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services.