Dallas program to provide summer meals to low-income families

Crossroads Community Services runs its summer feeding program to help provide food for low-income families with children. For the third year, families can enjoy free meals once a month.

Families do not have to register in advance to receive meals. Any child between the ages of 4 and 18 is eligible to receive a box at Crossroads, located at 4500 South Cockrell Hill Road in Dallas.

The program is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. between June 1 and August 31.

Each family will receive a 20 pound food box including breakfast, lunch and snacks for each child. Each box contains approximately 16-17 meals.

“Students get this food for breakfast, lunch and snacks during school hours, but being out of school they don’t get it. That’s where we come in,” said Sean Alexander , Vice President of Community Engagement.

“The biggest impact is just showing how we can come in and feel that emptiness that they miss. Again, they don’t get the breakfast and lunch that they usually get from school. So, by us and our partners contribute to this, our contributions show them that we are there and that we support them.”

Crossroads Community Services and its partners, Amazon Snap and the Rees-Jones Foundation, plan to serve 3,500 students this summer.

Community members can volunteer or donate funds or food to help support summer feeding programs. People can sign up individually or in groups to volunteer during opening hours.

The organization accepts food donations at its main location in Dallas or a representative can pick up items from your location.

Additionally, people can donate money to help further efforts to provide food for families. Each box of food costs around $5, and the organization accepts any amount people are willing to donate.