DALLAS - Summer break is normally a time students can't wait for but for those living in poverty, it can mark the beginning of a summer-long struggle. 73% of students in Dallas County qualify for either free or reduced-price lunches but once school is out, those same students are in danger of going hungry.
But Kay Thomason, Director of Food Programs at CitySquare, says that's where CitySquare's Food On the Move campaign comes to the rescue. “The program helps them fill the gap over the summer," Thomason said.
But Tuesday was about more than filling kids' stomachs; it was also about filling their summer calendar with fun. Along with hanging out with the Dallas Stars mascot, the kids also took a trip to Bonton Farms to play with more traditional animals. Other activities included face painting and getting to hop in a fire truck.
In the end, Thomason is thankful for all the CitySquare volunteers who make days like this possible. “I think everyone has a desire to give back to their community and it's a great way to do that and to get some hands-on exposure to the people who we're serving and the communities that we're helping to build up," she said.