When school lets out, summer meal sites pick up where school left off. However, largely due to a lack of awareness of these programs...
Your donation can change a kid’s summer. Generous donors like you have already raised $42,366 to support summer meal programs!
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Your donation of $25 can change a kid’s summer. Generous donors like you have already raised $42,366 to support summer meal programs!
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Texas is ranked 7th highest in child food insecurity in the nation. In Dallas County alone, over 70% of kids qualify for federally funded school meals, and those just might be the only meals they eat. Over summer, summer meal programs pick-up the continuation of those services but, in Texas, only 12% of those who qualify participate in the program. What happens to the rest?
Our "Silence the Growl" campaign will provide support for summer meal programs, and the kids who would otherwise spend their summer worrying about when and where their next meal will come. Because after all, their summer should be about having fun - not about being hungry.
Since 1924, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has invested in community programs focused on education, financial stability, and health & wellness. By tackling the problem of summer hunger, we’re helping kids enter into their upcoming school year with full tummies and nourished minds ready to learn.
Funds raised will be used to implement a strategic marketing and awareness plan, as well as funds to directly support summer meal programs. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, co-chair for the Dallas Summer & Supper Council, will plan and coordinate the marketing and awareness campaign, working in partnership with co-chair Texas Hunger Initiative-Dallas in collaboration with Dallas Summer & Supper Council members. United Way will provide a limited number of grants to selected Summer Meals Sponsors in the amount of $2,000 to $7,000 each. The projects described below are examples, not an exclusive list, and the information is intended to provide guidance as to the types of projects that we are seeking to fund.
These support the ability of a Summer Meals Sponsor to increase the number of meals served. Examples: Add an additional meal service to a site that they have previously managed, purchase equipment needed to prepare or store food or to transport meals to sites, and support additional staff needed in order to expand services.
These support the ability of a Summer Meals Sponsor to make improvements to their programming at targeted sites by addressing food quality, providing supplemental food, or creating a more positive program environment. Examples: The inclusion of an additional meal component, such as an additional serving of fresh fruits or vegetables that is not part of the reimbursable meal, apply for funding to provide Food 4 Kids food packages for children to take home over the weekend, a more positive program environment such as redoing a community room where meals are served, or program enhancements including hiring staff to lead activities or provide tutoring on site, the purchase of materials, staff training (such as PlayWorks), equipment needed to implement supplemental programming on site, and other expenses that might be incurred in trying to implement new activities and programs at the meals site.
This supports the organization’s ability to do targeted marketing and outreach at the site or community level. Funding can be used to purchase signage, fliers or other marketing collateral as well as to purchase ad space, such as billboards. “Silence the Growl” marketing funds should be used to market a specific site or set of sites. Other examples of marketing support might include events marketing, such as hosting site-level kickoff or block party events.