What could have been a difficult summer for so many Dallas area children turned out to be a summer full of fun, festivities and filled bellies. Through our involvement with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the Silence the Growl campaign, we volunteered more than 375 hours and contributed more than $43,000 to support summer meal programs across the Dallas area and raise awareness of summer hunger. Through our company’s contributions, along with support from other corporate sponsors and the United Way, Silence the Growl is helping serve 100,000 additional meals at participating summer meal sites.
When the school year ends, the summer break can mean summer hunger for thousands of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. To help ensure that underserved children get the nutrition they need all summer long, employees at EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy took part in a variety of activities to create a positive and memorable summer.
At events like the Summer Meals Kickoff event, the Silence the Growl Summer Meals Block Party and Saldivar Elementary School’s Field Day, we engaged Dallas-area children in a variety of outdoor activities and games (water balloon tosses, hula hoop, basketball and arts & crafts) and provided a nutritious lunch to fuel their bodies and minds. We also hosted a Kid’s Kit Drive to collect items like puzzles, coloring books and jump ropes to encourage fun and educational games to keep their minds active and learning throughout the summer.
Chris Samson, TXU Energy Marketing Associate, says, “By far the best part of volunteering with the Silence the Growl campaign was seeing the bright smiles on the children’s AND volunteers’ faces! I’m so proud that we were able to make such a positive impact on the children’s lives.”
The Silence the Growl campaign is designed to raise awareness and support summer meal programs to ensure that children who rely on subsidized meal programs throughout the year continue to get nutritious meals during the summer. Click here to learn more about how you can get involved to Silence the Growl, because a healthy summer is a happy summer!