Free Summer Kids’ Meals—Just Call 211
TOGETHER, LET’S DO MORE
It’s more than just feeding; it’s getting the word out. Texas has one of the lowest summer meals participation rates in the country, ranking 48th in reaching children in need. Only 14 percent of the nearly three million Texas children who receive free or reduced-price school meals access summer meals programs. So even if you don’t need this service, someone does. Tell everyone you know—spread the message that meals are available!
These programs help the entire community: With the assurance that their children are fed, parents can concentrate on work, learning and other pressing concerns. Staff and volunteers also reap benefits, through a sense of service and collaboration with neighbors.
“They’re for everyone,” Nicholson said. “It’s the biggest favor you could do for your community, to go participate in this, in whatever way you can or need to. It’s keeping kids fed, people employed; it’s doing so much good.”
Ashley Douglas, director of Southern Dallas Thrives at United Way, agreed. The council’s work and these programs, she said, constitute “a big win-win-win in that full circle of health, education and income” that puts opportunity in the hands of all North Texans.
To locate summer meal sites nearby, families can call 211 and give their ZIP code, or text the word “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877877.
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This article was published on: Jun 26, 2020