The Calderon family have been in the United States for 3 years and have struggled to provide for their family Before moving to the U.S., both parents were engineers in Mexico but are unable to utilize their degree or experience to qualify for a job here. Dulce, the mother, is working hard to learn English in order to obtain a higher paying job. Her husband works delivering food to schools and restaurants. Just having one income is very difficult for the family of 5, especially given their advanced education levels in Mexico. However, they wanted a better life for their boys in the U.S. and are working hard to achieve their dreams.
While Dulce is learning English, she has become very involved at Brother Bill’s Helping Hand attending programs and leading other moms. She facilitates the ARK program at BBHH, a faith-based parent support group, attends Exercise Class, receives 80+ pounds of groceries at our Grocery Store twice a month, attends job training classes to further her professional skills, and more.
In addition, Dulce works hard to care of their three boys, Marco, Gael, and Gerardo and they are very involved in BBHH activities like Soccer Camp, Art Camp, Vacation Bible School, Basketball Camp, Camp Ozark, and more. Dulce shared, “Summers can be very tough for our family because the kids aren’t getting two free lunches a day at school. We love coming to BBHH because we know that twice a month at Grocery Store and at the kids’ programs, the boys will receive lunches. They are healthy and filling and such a blessing to our family.”
Dulce also now regularly brings her two nieces and nephew to BBHH along with her boys to partake in the summer programs and lunches to help her extended family. She is so grateful for the extra support her family receives for meals and more during the summer.
Last year, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand distributed 4,000 lunches to kids and 3,000 of those were during the summer.
While Brother Bill’s Helping Hands can’t reach all hungry children YET, hundreds of children in our service area, like Dulce and her family are smiling and happy with full tummies all summer long. The program is made possible by local donations and sponsors like Dallas Morning News Charities.
May we count on you to help others like Dulce? Please visit http://bit.ly/DMNCharities18 to donate today.
Erika is a mother of 4 who relies on Allen Community Outreach’s Kids Summer Food Program. Erika lost her job three years ago, and has struggled to feed her children.“ACO’s Kids Summer Food Program helped my family tremendously last summer. If I did not have ACO’s help with our groceries during the summer when the kids are home, I would have to stretch my food to feed them all,” said Erika.
Her children range in age from 4 years old to 12. Her oldest daughter has cerebral palsy. Her 6 year old was diagnosed with autism. Faced with 4 hungry children can be a daily struggle when there is not enough food in the house. But with two children with special needs, Erika’s challenges are even greater.
Providing bags of kid-friendly and healthy groceries for children all summer long helps relieve some of Erika’s stress. Her cereal-loving 6 year old is happy with boxes to choose from each morning for breakfast. Her youngest two children are thriving thanks to the fresh fruits they receive in their bags. Lunches are just as easy with the items they receive that are easy to prepare and favorites of all kids.
ACO’s Kids Summer Food Program provides more than 1,000 free bags of healthy, easy-to-prepare breakfast and lunch foods during the summer months for Collin County children whose household resources are limited. These children are part of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program at public schools.
While ACO can’t reach all hungry children YET, hundreds of children in our service area, like Erika and her family are smiling and happy with full tummies all summer long. The program is made possible by local donations and sponsors like Dallas Morning News Charities.
May we count on you to help others like Erika? Please visit http://bit.ly/DMNCharities18 to donate today.
The North Texas Food Bank
NTFB’s summer feeding program not only provides breakfast to children enrolled in daycare, we provide backpacks of kid-friendly food for the weekend, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy while on vacation. Here is an example of how your support helps kids in our community.
A site coordinator from one of our sites reported that prior to registering a set of second grade twins on the backpack program, Casey and Jamie* came in every morning complaining about being hungry, and they cried easily with any minor issues or problems. Their dad is not in the picture anymore, and mom has a really hard time financially. As they received their first backpacks full of food, Casey and Jamie both gave me a huge hug and thanked me. They smile every time they receive a backpack, and it has made a huge difference in their ability to cope with life’s challenges.
Order a meal from select restaurants today only, June 19 between 11 AM – 9 PM, on the Favor Dallas app and $1 of each purchase will benefit The Dallas Morning News Charities’ Kids Summer Feeding Campaign. Participating restaurants include:
- Big Guys Chicken and Rice
- Bowls & Tacos
- Christie’s Sports Bar
- Cinco Taco Bar
- Fadi’s Mediterranean
- Kozy Kitchen
- Modern Market
- MoMo’s Pasta
- Pōk The Raw Bar
- Sapa House
- Southpaw’s Organic Grill
- Stackhouse Burger
- Unleavened Fresh Kitchen
- Urban Caphe
- Zoës Kitchen
This summer, The Dallas Morning News Charities is supporting six local organizations that help provide nutritious meals to children whose lives are thrown in disarray when school is on break. According to the North Texas Food Bank, $1 equals one nutritious meal.
So essentially, ordering a meal with Favor today provides a meal for a North Texas child in need. It’s a win-win. Click the button below to download the Favor app and order a meal to give a meal today!
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Maria is a student in our Healthcare Pathways program with El Centro. She works nights so she can attend classes at Sharing Life during the day. She has 2 school-aged children and is the sole earner in the family. During the school year both of Maria’s children eat breakfast and lunch at their neighborhood school, but in the summer they go hungry some days. Last summer Maria signed both children up for Sharing Life’s Summer Food and Fun program. For 12 weeks both kids received a backpack full of easy to prepare breakfast and lunch items like granola bars, peanut butter & jelly, and microwaveable soups. In addition to the food items, each backpack also included age-appropriate books and educational activities to keep their brains sharp during the school break. Maria completed her courses at Sharing Life in the fall and is now a certified phlebotomist at a local hospital.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2017
Camille Grimes Executive Director,
Dallas Morning News Charities
(Dallas) – Every year, thousands of low-income students in North Texas receive free- and reduced-priced lunches at public schools. For many of them, it’s the only nutritious meal they eat all day.
But in a few short weeks, the summer breaks begins. How will they get meals then?
The Dallas Morning News Charities is teaming up with six local nonprofit organizations to help fill in the gaps with its first summer fund-raising campaign. The goal is to provide 30,000 additional meals. Each meal costs approximately $1. The campaign runs May 15- June 27.
While some school districts offer free lunches at a limited number of campuses in the summer, one in four North Texas kids are still food-insecure – meaning they have limited or uncertain access to adequate food.
No child should spend the summer hungry in this community.
“For our nonprofits, and those they serve, summer represents of greatest need for meals (no school lunches), and donations (slowest donation period),” said Richard Jones, chairman of the DMN Charities. “For our first Summer Feeding Campaign, I know our readers will answer the call of giving and we will exceed our goal of providing 30,000 meals.”
The partner organizations include those that provide meals, snacks or bags of groceries.
They are: Allen Community Outreach, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Crossroads Community Services, Frisco Family Services, North Texas Food Bank, Sharing Life.
Let’s help them keep kids healthy this summer.
To donate or learn more about DMN Charities and the summer program, visit dmncharities.com. 100% of every donation will go to provide meals for children in need in North Texas this summer.