Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News
Here’s a simple way a kid can make sure no kid goes hungry this summer
by Dallas Morning News Editorial | May 19, 2019
We know from research — and our own personal experiences — that the seeds of a lifetime of community service are often sown when we are young.
Our empathy and desire to help others is developed in some of us before we can walk. Doing good works is habit-forming and can transform lives.
That underlying spirit is alive in the inspiring work of the talented Texas kids featured in today’s Points section. They’re showing us that it doesn’t take a giant project to change the world. It takes one kid with a great idea to make a big impact.
We’re encouraged that these kids are setting examples for other kids — and adults — that when we pitch in to help where we can, we all benefit.
This summer, we’ve got another opportunity to get involved by helping The Dallas Morning News Charities summer feeding campaign. In its third year, the program aims to fill in the gaps during what nonprofit agencies call the “hungry season,” when children aren’t receiving food at the school cafeteria.
The campaign started last week and runs through July 10 with a goal of raising $80,000 to benefit seven charities that provide meals through the summer months. Just $40 provides enough healthy meals for a kid for the entire summer.
We see this campaign as another way for kids to help other kids by raising donations. Sadly, the need continues to be great.
The North Texas Food Bank says that 1 in 4 kids in our area suffers from food insecurity, meaning the child experiences times when the household doesn’t have enough food or faces uncertainty about food. The summer months are particularly tough for local charities that provide food. Donations typically go down just as more families are seeking assistance.
The donations from the campaign will go to help Brother Bill’s Helping Hand provide 200 sack lunches daily for kids attending summer camps.
Frisco Family Services will provide meals during the week and send kids home with weekend snack packs.
The North Texas Food Bank expects to distribute more than 13 million pounds of food, 4 million pounds of which specifically will feed kids.
We know that giving back helps the giver as much as it does the person receiving.
For school-age kids, volunteering builds social skills and develops awareness of others and promotes teamwork. High school students can improve their college applications and their job searches post-graduation.
For all of us, studies show, helping others makes us happier and gives us a better sense of purpose. It creates stronger bonds among friends, family and co-workers. We build closer relationships and better connections.
Most important, when we work together, we build stronger communities.
North Texas, let’s do our part to make sure no kid goes hungry this summer.
DMN Charities Summer Food Charities
Go to http://dmncharities.com/ to donate.
Allen Community Outreach — Collin County
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand — West Dallas
Crossroads Community Services — West Dallas
Frisco Family Services — Collin County
Network of Community Ministries — Richardson
North Texas Food Bank — North Texas
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