The sun is just creeping over the horizon on a hot July day. It’s only about 80 degrees, but everyone is already drenched in sweat because they’ve been packing and hauling dozens of 40-pound plastic tubs full of food onto a fleet of white vans.
“[We’ve got] orange juice, cereal, apples and milk. And then for lunch, we got sandwiches with ham and chips,” says David Jones, who’s one of several people working with AmeriCorps.
The public service organization, in partnership with Dallas’ CitySquare, delivers thousands of these meals to kids in need each day across north Texas. Jones is out here every morning to make sure nothing gets in the way of kids getting to eat.
“I got 17 grandkids, and I kind of know what that means when you don’t got too much food going on in the household,” Jones says. “These people here got a heart of gold. I know there’s going to be a lot of happy kids.”