Power Up Resources

Free Summer Food Program Sites

There are over 1,000 free summer food programs sites throughout North Texas at locations such as schools, parks, faith organizations, apartment communities, and more. Sites are sponsored by organizations like Dallas ISD, area nonprofits, churches and faith-based organizations and other community organizations. All children 17 years and younger are welcome, and there are no qualification requirements to participate. To find a site near you text FOODTX to 877-877 or visit summermeals.org. For further information on Dallas ISD’s summer meal program, visit their website.

Healthy Tips from Troy Aikman

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Power Up

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is developing Power Up!, a toolkit that summer food service sites can use to help engage more kids in summer lunch programs and in physical activity. The Power Up! toolkit will include fun games and activities that can be implemented at any site with little to no equipment needed, as well as a calendar template to help rotate the activities and keep them fresh. The toolkit will be made available for download in the Power Up! section once completed. For more information, please contract Jessica Galleshaw at jgalleshaw@unitedwaydallas.org.

Other Helpful Websites

Food For Good

Food for Good’s summer meal program partners with community organizations and government agencies to provide free, nutritious meals and fun, physical activities to low-income children when school is out of session. Find a location near you using the interactive map.

The Quest to Lava Mountain Game

The Cooper Institute is fighting childhood obesity with The Quest to Lava Mountain, an educational game targeted at grade school children. The game is an exploration-based adventure with avatar customization that teaches children proper nutritional habits. It is part of the NutriGram program, an interactive educational initiative funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Daily Challenge

Texas Health Resources, in collaboration with MeYou Health, is offering all North Texans free access to Daily Challenge. Advance your personal well-being by doing simple daily challenges and sharing the experience with family and friends!

Today I Will

Developed by The Cooper Institute through a grant by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institue of Texas, Today I Will aims to provide professional and public communities with evidence-based education and tools for lifelong weight management and, ultimately, chronic disease prevention.

Activity Calendar for Summer Meal Sponsors

Download the Power Up Activity Calendar for summer food service program sponsors and sites. This calendar will help you plan and rotate fun physical activities all summer to keep kids moving and engaged.

Download Activity Calendar PDF