Talk to a ten-year-old about field trips and fruit cups, and you’re likely to see a smile surface.
Next school year, Morgan will enter the fifth grade, and during her summer break, she attends a summer program in West Dallas. This out-of-school time program offers a space where children can take part in activities and receive meals during the summer months, so Morgan can focus on the important aspects of a childhood summer: playing tag and eating grapes.
“Some of my favorite foods that we get here are the hot dogs,” says Morgan. “And the corn too! I also like grapes, and how they have fruit cups here.”
Through a partnership with Morgan’s summer program, the North Texas Food Bank provides healthy foods for the children who attend during the summer as well as during the school year. Today in North Texas, one in six of our neighbors live in food-insecure households, and of these households, one in four is home to a child. The North Texas Food Bank partners with schools, social services programs and many other Partner Agencies throughout our 13-county service area to ensure hungry children in our community receive access to nutritious foods throughout the school year and summer months.
This summer, Morgan is excited for a field trip to the pool, and playing games with friends. She lights up when describing these summer activities and continues to beam as she shares her gratitude for the healthy food she receives.
“If we didn’t have that food – that would be a problem,” says Morgan. “A lot of us are hungry when we get here. So I thank you, because of that, we can have food if we are hungry.”
To learn how you can help nourish children like Morgan, visit www.ntfb.org/get-involved.