We received the drawing above from a child involved in our "Food on the Move" initiative this summer. You'll also see a thank you letter from this child's mother.
Partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture through our Nurture, Knowledge and Nutrition (N,K,N) team, our AmeriCorps team and our for-profit allies at PepsiCo, we delivered thousands of meals to eligible children living all across Dallas.
Theresa Cissell, Program Specialist for our AmeriCorps team sent the drawing and the letter my way with the following commentary:
I thought you might enjoy the letter (an accompanying drawing) we got from one of the parents at a Food on the Move site. I think it shows that this program is about more than lunches!
Here are some stats for the summer that I sent to the amazing AmeriCorps members that made it through the summer, and with smiles on their faces.
We started the summer with 53 dedicated AmeriCorps members & 9 mobile routes.
You made it through 40 days of triple digit temperatures & 23,943 hours of service.
And together, this is what you achieved: 1,136 children received the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award & 279,551 meals were served to kids.
The Food on the Move effort does not take into account the meals delivered through N,K,N to well over 100 program sites across Dallas. We'll have those numbers to add to this report later. Combined we served well over 500,000 meals to low-income children during the summer school break.
Great work in the midst of recording breaking summer in terms of both temperature and community service!
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