PROGRAMS & PROJECTS.
Food for the Soul serves our neighbors in need through several programs and projects designed to feed the mind, body, and soul. We believe that together we can make a difference in our communities! We can’t fight hunger alone -- in order to achieve our mission to feed the hungry and care for the most vulnerable we need our community to come together and join our cause. Our network of essential partners include: churches, schools, companies, organizations, and patrons like you. Read below about our various programs and consider how you and your company can partner with Food for the Soul today!
Did you know that 1 in 4 students in the DFW Metroplex live in a food-insecure household? That means they could potentially go 65 hours without food over the weekend! You can help change a child’s future for $5 today! You can do a lot for the price of a latte.
Fueling the Future: Athletes
Without adequate food, no student could be physically or mentally able to stay within the school's athletic program. The food we provide keeps the students within a good program with the proper nutrients to do so.
Food for the Soul continues to meet the increased hunger need caused by COVID-19. Food for the Soul brings in food from across the nation to be distributed to families in need at one of our partnered 25 FFTS Distribution Sites.
Did you know that 1 in 4 students in the DFW Metroplex live in a food-insecure household?
That means those students could potentially go 65 hours without food over the weekend! Hunger is a serious problem which impacts the developmental growth of students’ lives physically and mentally. The hunger need continues to grow in the DFW Metroplex impairing the futures of those it inflicts. Although you cannot see hunger, you can fight it!
The Food for the Soul Backpack Program provides food-insecure students with 6 meals and 4 snacks over the weekend throughout the entire school year. There are several ways you can join this Food for the Soul program in bringing hope into our hurting community including: volunteering your time, hosting a food drive, running a fund-raiser, praying for these students, and donating!
$5- feeds a student for a weekend
$180- feeds a student every weekend of the school year
We believe that together we can make a difference in our community. Through this program, Food for the Soul has been blessed to have provided OVER 2.8 MILLION free quality meals to hungry children in our area!
FUELING THE FUTURE.
"There are three ways to get out of Oak Cliff [Inner City Dallas]: in a hearse, in a cop car, or a scholarship" - Phillip Tanner (Special Teams Coach for the Dallas Cowboys)
Listen to this Food for the Soul Podcast (Leaders and Legend) here
The athletic programs within "Inner City" Independent School Districts are imperative for their future success. Athletic programs give students a sense of family with a positive culture, instead of finding that family within local gangs. Before Food for the Soul started their program at Sunset High School, the Head Coach in 2013 stated that he had to "bury seventeen" of his students due to gang related deaths. Without adequate food, no student could be physically or mentally able to stay within the school's athletic program. The food we provide keeps the students within a good program with the proper nutrients to do so. Our program has made a massive impact. In 2018, the Sunset Bison program had their first athlete going to college, set for a brighter future.
We started feeding the Sunset Bison in 2013 after we got a call from a local pastor who asked us if we could help feed a football team that was hungry with some peanut butter and jelly. We said yes!
We first gave them peanut butter and jelly with a loaf of bread for everyone with a lot left for the coaches to give the team before practices. Just before I left I asked if they had pregame meals. The coach said, “Ms. Kim, they don’t eat before practice and when they go home there may not be any food either. We don’t have pregame meals here and they’re hungry.” From that point on we started bringing them pregame meals.
With donations from our partners and their local church, The Gathering Church, we are able to feed them their pregame meals and start a food pantry.
In 2016, we added the Justin F Kimball Knights High School to our program!
These are the current high schools enrolled our program:
The Sunset High School (Dallas, Oak Cliff)
The Justin F Kimball High School (Dallas, Oak Cliff)
South Oak Cliff
Spruce High School
It cost $5/football player per week. There are 10 weeks in their season. There are 100 players per team.
It cost $5,000 per team for the football season.
Fuel the Future - Feed an Athlete
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the hunger need in the DFW Metroplex and Food for the Soul is fighting back!
Food for the Soul continues to meet that increased need by bringing in quality food from across the nation and distributing it to our hungry neighbors through our partnered 25 FFTS Distribution Sites. During this time of being socially distant, we have been able to unite our community through this program.
Be part of the solution and join the Food for the Soul fight against the rampant hunger problem in DFW!