It was a typically hot day in Dallas, Texas. Three digit temperature by 10:00 a.m., clear blue skies, no rain in the forecast. It was a typical day.
Except in a small corner of West Dallas, inside a small white building with an even smaller sign that said, “Hunger Busters.” As more cars pulled into the lot off Sylvan Avenue, people piled out and walked into the building.
What was going on?
It was July 17, 2015. Encore Enterprises and Shields Legal Group, two member companies of Entrepreneurs for North Texas (EFNT), joined forces to help feed food insecure children in the Dallas Independent School District. Summer is the hardest time for these kids, because school is not in session. Many of them depend on school lunches as their only meal of the day. When school is out for the summer, these same children may not know where their next meal is coming from.
That is the gap that Hunger Busters (a non-profit charity) attempts to fill. Started by Phil Romano (yes, that Phil Romano), last year, Hunger Busters provided more than 200,000 meals to 6 DISD schools. They want to double that number for 2016-17, but need more volunteers to produce the sandwiches.
That is where we came in. Encore Enterprises, led by Brad Miller, sent a total of 6 volunteers. Shields Legal Group, led by Jim Shields and Kathy Hoke, had 8 people, for a combined total of 14 sandwich makers. After two hours of assembling sandwiches, bagging them and putting together lunch bags, we fed 710 children! That comes out to 50 lunches made per volunteer.
Impressive. Unfortunately, the need is so much greater.
Can you help? The investment of time is well worth the effort. Just imagine the child who eats the sandwich you made, savoring every bite (we used Eatzi’s bread to make sandwiches). How much better that child will sleep at night with a full stomach. How a simple gesture on your part could make a dramatic difference in the life of a child.
To learn more about Hunger Busters, please visit HungerBusters.com. They will gladly work with your company or group to arrange a time when you can make sandwiches and touch lives.