It’s hard to study when your first meal of the day is the school lunch.

Dallas Morning News Charities-Casey & JamieEvery morning, Casey and Jamie told their teachers that they were hungry. Through one of our charities’ programs, the twins start the day with a sack of food. Now they can focus on the activities in the classroom.

Poverty robs people of dignity, hope and the power to determine their own future, but together we can make a difference. The Dallas Morning News Charities funds 25 local organizations that help those who are homeless, hungry and able to rehabilitate.

If you have it in your heart to help someone like Casey and Jamie get a fresh start, click here.

*The photo and name have been changed to protect the North Texan’s identity.