United Way to serve two million meals to North Texas kids on summer break

kids enjoying summer camp
Photo credit Alan Scaia

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas held a kick-off event Wednesday for its summer meals program. The United Way said it expects to serve two million meals to 60,000 kids in Dallas and Collin Counties this summer.

At the party Wednesday, 150 children attended with their families to sign up for meals, play games and participate in education enrichment programs.

"It's even more important in a space where we are coming out of a global pandemic to reintegrate our kiddos in various spaces, socialize them, get them near their peers," said Ashley Douglas, senior director of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Douglas said the meals families will receive are nutritious and also include educational items.

"It's all a part of their holistic wellbeing," she said. "That's something we really want to focus on in being able to support our kids."

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas expects to serve two million meals for 60,000 kids this summer. Last year, the organization served 12 million meals total, four times as many as 2019.

"Everyone from large, local ISDs to grassroots nonprofits located in these communities, they all help make this work. It wouldn't be possible without them," Douglas said.

People looking for summer meals can visit FeedNTX.org or text, "FOODTX" to 877-877.

People who want to donate or volunteer can learn more at https://unitedwaydallas.org/get-involved/ .

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