In 2007 Hunger Busters decided that the best way to address the hunger epidemic in Dallas was to focus on the future – our communities’ children.
Childhood hunger statistics are staggering: In the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) alone, over 87% (136,000+) students receive subsidized breakfast and/or lunch. For too many of these kids, school meals are the only nutrition they can count on. The sad fact is that some children go without any food from lunch one day to breakfast the next, almost 18 hours.
Hunger Busters created the ”Feed the Need” after school program in 2007 to address the growing problem of childhood hunger. We began by delivering a third meal of the day to students at one school – James Bowie Elementary. In 2010 we have expanded to serve students in eleven DISD schools, approximately 3300 meals each week (almost 160,000 meals in one year).
Hunger Busters’ boxed meal includes: a hearty sandwich, a piece of fresh fruit, cookie, and applesauce/fruit cup. Thanks to our generous product donors, we offer a high quality, well balanced and satisfying meal to kids who do not have access to fresh and nutritious food.
This list of participating schools represents a fraction of the need we can currently meet. Hunger Busters strives to serve all hungry children in our city. With the help of donations and volunteers, this list can continue to grow.
Felix G. Botello Elementary James Bowie Elementary
G.W. Carver Elementary Leila P. Cowart Elementary
Hector P. Garcia Middle School James S. Hogg Elementary
George Peabody Elementary John F. Peeler Elementary
J.W. Ray Elementary John H. Reagan Elementary
Oran M. Roberts Elementary
If you have 5 minutes and 365 pennies, you can help us end childhood hunger in Dallas.
Hunger Busters’ 365 Challenge gives each one of us the chance to make a big difference in the lives of Dallas’ less fortunate children. Author Sally Koch said it best; “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.” The 365 Challenge is our opportunity to start small and combine efforts to achieve something great. Hunger Busters feeds more children each year. Despite our growth, we serve less than 1% of children in Dallas who need our help. We issue this challenge to let people know about the childhood hunger epidemic in our community, and to feed more hungry kids – right now.
Hunger Buster’s 365 Challenge goal – 100,000 people giving 1 penny a day for 365 days. That’s 200,000 meals for needy kids, paid for with pocket change. The challenge begins January 1st, 2011 and ends one year later.