TXU Energy Hosts Kickoff Event to Raise Awareness
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DALLAS, TX (June 12, 2017) United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in partnership with TangoTab, a free mobile-app that connects socially conscious consumers with great local restaurants, launch ‘End Summer Hunger’ campaign to raise money, generate awareness of summer hunger, and encourage eligible families to utilize the summer meal sites.
More than 262,000 Dallas County kids – a population that could fill AT&T Stadium three times – are at risk of going hungry every day this time of year. With the community’s support, we can work to end summer hunger and ensure that students who rely on subsidized meal programs during the school year continue to get daily, nutritious, filling food during summer months.
The community is invited to join the ‘End Summer Hunger’ campaign by downloading the TangoTab app, use the code “FEEDNTX” every time you dine out and TangoTab will donate to the ‘End Summer Hunger’ campaign, so when you eat, they eat!
“Hunger is prevalent all year and we see a spike during the summer months, especially with childhood hunger,” said Nick Marino Jr., Director of Social Change, TangoTab. “We want to take something that people do every day, dining out, and use it to make an impact in our community. It’s extremely important for us to partner and support programs such as the Summer Meals Program with United Way, to ensure that our youth are getting healthy and nutritious meals.”
Member organizations of The Dallas Summer & Supper Council, led by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Texas Hunger Initiative – Dallas, have come together to increase awareness of numerous free summer meal programs throughout North Texas, and stress the importance of good nutrition for kids throughout the year.
United Way will host a Summer Meals Kickoff, presented by TXU Energy and Saville. As part of the event, United Way volunteers will lead a family fun day, helping children rotate through a series of activities that stress the importance of maintaining a healthy body and brain.
“Studies show food insecurity in children affects their cognitive abilities and hinders their development,” said Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy, Impact and Operations Officer, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “United Way and its partners will work to feed bodies, minds and futures, as we try to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.”
Childhood hunger statistics are startling. In Dallas County, more than 70 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, statewide statistics show that only 14 percent of eligible Texas kids take advantage of summer meals programs.
“Young people represent the future of our community, and it is critical that they receive proper nutrition in order to grow and develop,” said Scott Hudson, president of TXU Energy. “TXU Energy is pleased to help spread the word about summer meals programs, and to help give students the opportunity to succeed when they return to school.”
Other Dallas Summer & Supper Council meal providers will also host kickoff events throughout the first two weeks of summer meals programming. Research has shown that events like these can be important drivers of summer meal participation, alerting neighborhood residents that community sites are open, fun, and a great way to get a nutritious meal. Dates and locations of other events include:
- June 3: Strategic Justice Initiatives, 1 p.m. at Beyond Baseball Youth Association, 3232 Bataan St., Dallas
- June 9: Equal Heart, noon to 2 p.m. at Sierra Vista Apartments, 2775 Northaven Rd., Dallas
- June 12: Strategic Justice Initiatives, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Eban Village Apartments, 3023 Park Row Ave., Dallas
- June 13: Dallas ISD, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Auburn Elementary, 6012 E Grand Ave, Dallas
- June 13: City of Garland, noon to 2 p.m. at Parque Del Sol , 238 E. Oates Rd., Garland
- June 13: CitySquare, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Urbandale Park, 4000 Lomax, Dallas
- June 15: City of Garland, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Montgomery Park, 2905 Edgewood Dr., Garland
To learn more about the campaign, and volunteer opportunities at summer meal sites visit UnitedWayDallas.org.
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About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health – the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50M annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities. Together, we UNITE FOREVER. To learn more, please visit UnitedWayDallas.org.
About TangoTab: Founded in 2012 by Andre Angel, telecom and Internet entrepreneur who had a passion to end hunger. The company initially launched in Dallas and is now available in over 350 cities across the United Stated. TangoTab is an online social enterprise, helping diners find great restaurants around their area. Every time an individual uses the app at a partner restaurant, TangoTab feeds a person in need, locally. Donations are made in a monetary form to help create a sustainable stream of revenue for food organizations. To date, TangoTab has donated over 1.85 million meals to partners. For information about TangoTab, visit TangoTab.