In 2000, Phil Romano and his family founded The Food Foundation, now called Hunger Busters. When the non-profit organization first started, Romano, along with his wife, Lillie and their son, Sam, would stop at three locations in Dallas every evening, bringing a healthy meal of soup and sandwiches prepared at his restaurants directly to the homeless who would oftentimes not go to city shelters for help or food.
Since that time, Hunger Busters has expanded in size and scope, now offering an often missed third meal of the day to food-insecure children in Dallas Independent School District through its “Feed the Need” after school program. Over 137,000 (87%) of the children attending Dallas public schools rely on school-subsidized breakfast and/or lunch as their only source of food. All too often, these children go without dinner. “Feed the Need” helps minimize the hardships of hungry children.
Today, the Hunger Busters after school program is incorporated into 11 DISD schools and six after school programs, providing over 415,000 meals annually and making a difference in their lives. To learn more or to get involved with Hunger Busters, visit HungerBusters.com.