For Edelman’s 603 “Summer of Service,” Edelman Dallas partnered with Hunger Busters, a local organization that provides much-needed meals to underprivileged children.
Few of us realized Texas was among the top four U.S. states with food insecure children. A staggering number of children are forced to go to bed without dinner, or as one Hunger Busters staffer told us, use substitutes like ketchup packets mixed with warm water as their meal.
We spent two afternoons at Hunger Busters and prepared 1,200 meals consisting of a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a fruit/pudding snack and a brownie. The three-person team at Hunger Busters explained they do not have the supplies to feed all the children in need, so they feed different grades daily, ensuring children have three meals at least two-to-three times a week.
Hunger Busters also introduced us to the “lunch box challenge” where volunteers fold as many meal boxes as they can in 60 seconds. After a few practice rounds, competitors lined up. The majority of us fumbled with our boxes, trying to close them without tearing edges or squishing food. Most of us only made it through six, but one assistant account executive, Mahsau Daee, sped through 12 boxes – setting a new Hunger Busters record!
Volunteering with Hunger Busters not only allowed us to help a wonderful cause, but it gave us valuable perspective on the prevalence of food insecurity in our own community. Hunger Busters is in incredibly inspiring organization and we are eager to continue to build on this relationship in any way we can.
Rupa Patel is an Account Supervisor in the Corporate Practice in Edelman’s Dallas office.