Today, one in every four children in Texas is growing up in a family struggling with the burden of hunger. Many working families struggle to make ends meet and are forced to choose between paying rent or purchasing groceries. Going without regular access to nutritious food not only has a devastating impact on a child’s health, but it also starts them off behind their peers at school, less able to focus and learn in the classroom.
Many are familiar with the National School Lunch Program, which provides lunch to over 30 kids daily in 95% of America’s schools. Other federal meal programs, such as the school breakfast, afterschool, and summer meal programs are equally valuable, but have not kept pace with our changing society and are dramatically underutilized. Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry Texas with Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) in 2011, with breakfast, afterschool and summer meals as programmatic priorities statewide, including high need areas in the Dallas region. Our strategy focuses on problem-solving, working with partners like lawmakers, educators, and community leaders to identify and eliminate the barriers that stand between kids and the food they need.
In 2018, we launched an expansion of our work in the state with a goal to reach an additional 115,000 student with school breakfast by the end of the 2020-21 school year. More than half of those student reside in the Dallas region. Help us reach this goal!