Food and Other Resources

Compiled by The Dallas Examiner

Free Summer Meals for Kids

Now Available at 12 Dallas Public Library Branches, summer meals are available to children and teens under age 18 through Friday, Aug. 11. No pre-registration or proof of need necessary. In partnership with the nonprofit hunger organization Education Potential Verified, the program aims to feed hungry kids who are accustomed to receiving free and reduced lunch at school. It also brings families into the library to take advantage of summer enrichment activities, including the SMART Summer reading challenge, hands-on science programs and guest performers. Some locations also provide breakfast or afternoon snack. Visit for more information.

MLK Back to School Fest

The MLK Back to School Festival is an annual event for students of all ages and their families to receive free backpacks, school supplies and other essential items for the new school year. The event starts Saturday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Our goal this year is to serve 1000 families. Registration is required to participate. No walk-ups allowed and participants must be in a car to receive items.

North Texas Food Bank Mobile 

With the extreme heat making hydration and nutrition necessary to stay safe and healthy, the North Texas Food Bank Mobile Pantry and the University of North Texas at Dallas will offer free food distribution July 21 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on campus. The UNT Dallas campus is located at 7300 University Hills Blvd. Stand-out students who are part of the esteems Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program will lead the volunteer effort. Upcoming mobile food pantries will be held monthly on campus on Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 (subject to change) and Dec. 15.

Monthly Food Giveaway

Cynthia Mickens Ministries and Path-way to Life Center of Hope Church presents its monthly food giveaway. Every 3rd Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at 302 W. Palestine St. in Hutchins. Food distribution will take place on July 15 this month. Limited Supply of Eggs and Poultry.

Center Table Summer Wave Drive-thru Food Giveaway

As the dog days of summer wear on, the Mark Cuban Heroes Basketball Center will offer a bit of relief at its Center Table Summer Wave drive-through food giveaway on Thursday, July 13 from 9-11 a.m. (rain or shine). Free and open to the public, the event will provide food boxes for more than 500 families on a first-come, first-served basis. In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank and the City of Dallas, the drive-up event is presented by The Mark Cuban Foundation, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and The Heroes Foundation.

Charity Chukwu is the copy editor and social media manager at The Dallas Examiner. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014 with a Bachelor of Journalism concentrating in copyediting...

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