On Thursday February 19, 2015 Hunger Busters held its first awareness event of the year. Hunger Busters was created in 2000 by Phil Romano and was designed to feed the homeless in Dallas. In 2007 the mission evolved to feed DISD students of low-income status. Currently, Hunger Busters serves 890 meals a day feeding five schools and three afterschool programs in West Dallas.
At the event, notable Dallas leaders came to speak to the 180 individuals about education, the changing political landscape and the development of businesses in West Dallas. The speakers were Superintendent Mike Miles, Deputy Mayor Monica Alonzo (District 6 rep), Principal Ramirez of John H Reagan, Charles English president of the Boys and Girls club, Robert Shaw- Real Estate Developer, City Council member Jennifer Staubach Gates and Phil Romano.
Each speaker emphasized the importance of investing in local communities and their programs. “We need a community that cares about the success of students, even if they don’t have children”, said Mike Miles. The event was moving enough that a local waiter, Larry Richardson, from Trinity Groves asked to speak. In his remarks he focused on the decreasing crime rate over the past year and how Hunger Busters has helped feed kids in his own neighborhood. Mr. Richardson was touched by the efforts of Hunger Busters that he made an onsite donation.
A face in the crowd was Guadalupe Sanchez, a senior at SMU majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She was inspired by the speakers and was very grateful there are people who care about their community enough to put forth an effort. “I only hope that I am able to make a difference for students when I grow older, just as these people are doing for the West Dallas community”.
This successful event brought people of different economic and education backgrounds came together for the sole purpose of finding of way to alleviate hunger among the young children of the DISD District.