About Us

2014 Hunger Busters Golf Classic & Raffle

A Brief History

In 2000, Philip Romano and his wife Lillie created Hunger Busters as a charitable organization serving hungry people in Dallas. From the beginning, Hunger Busters has delivered sustenance to the people that need it, whether they are on the streets of Dallas or in the school room.

Beginning as a mobile, street-level feeding operation for homeless people, Hunger Busters has since expanded in size and scope, offering a often missed third meal of the day to underprivileged children.

Today our “Feed the Need” After School Program operates in 11 DISD schools, feeding over 150,000 meals each year.

Learn more about our programs

Contact Us

Hunger Busters
3116 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, TX 75212

p: 214-220-0031
f: 214-373-4285 fax
email: info@hungerbusters.com

Board of Directors

Philip J. Romano is an investor, entrepreneur, artist, nationally-renowned restaurateur and co-founderof The Food Foundation dba Hunger Busters. Involved in the restaurant business for forty years, he has created over twenty-five concepts. Romano currently owns and operates the following restaurants: eatZi’s Market & Bakery, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, Who’s Who Burgers and Coal Vines Pizza.

In April 2006, Romano was honored by being inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame. Only 24 individuals have received this honor.

Lillie T. Romano is a philanthropist, mother of Sam and co-creator of Hunger Busters: The Food Foundation. She is a Louisiana native but has been a Dallas resident for 15 years.

Along with her passion for philanthropic works Lillie enjoys playing tennis, collecting art, and walking with her Golden Retrievers. Lillie Romano takes a special interest in charitable organizations that benefit children. She believes every child deserves love and hope for future.

Dr. H. Doug Barnes

Pam Meyer

Stuart Fitts

Lucian M. LaBarba
Owner/Food Distribution


Brandon Barganski – Executive Director

Mary Beth Fickel – Program Director

Gumaro Castillo – Operations Manager