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Silencing the Growl

06-01-2015

Employees raise funds to end summer hunger for at-risk students

Students at Meadows Elementary School in Plano make up some of the 260,000 North Texas children who are qualified to receive free and reduced-priced meals during the school year. But when school lets out for the summer, those students may not be able to count on these meals from one day to the next.

EFH’s Cecily Gooch, right, recently joined United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson, center, on WFAA-TV to spotlight the company’s recent efforts to help end summer hunger in North Texas.
EFH’s Cecily Gooch, right, recently joined United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson, center, on WFAA-TV to spotlight the company’s recent efforts to help end summer hunger in North Texas.

Aiming to fill this gap, the people of EFH, Luminant and TXU Energy joined with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ Silence the Growl initiative, giving $8,000 and hundreds of backpacks to ensure every at-risk student at Meadows Elementary gets the healthy meals they need to thrive all summer long.

“Our campaign focused on giving just $5 – about the price of a cup of coffee – which can feed a child with healthy food for an entire weekend,” says Andrea Pelosi, chair of the company’s Energy in Action volunteer program. “Response from our employees has been overwhelming. I’m so proud that we’ve come together to help solve this specific problem in our communities.”

Employee volunteers recently stuffed 1,500 backpacks with 4,500 pounds of healthy food that will be passed out to Meadows Elementary students beginning in June to help ensure they get the nutrition they need this summer.

EFH’s Cecily Gooch recently sat down with WFAA TV’s Shelly Slater and United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson:

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