SMU Cox students lend a helping hand
at the North Texas Food Bank for the Meal4Kids program

Students in the SMU Cox Summer Business Institute packed needed food for the Meals4Kids program at the North Texas Food Bank.

SMU Cox’s Executive Education program is currently holding its 12th annual Summer Business Institute (SBI), a four-week intensive certificate program that gives a competitive edge to non-business majors and graduates who’ve earned their degrees within the last five years.

This summer’s program includes 31 students from 13 universities and four countries, as well as four young professionals.

The first day of the program featured a trip to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), a non-profit that supports the nutritional needs of 13 North Texas counties.  NTFB will provide 49 million meals this year alone.

The SBI students participated in a team building and friendly competition to pack needed food for the Meals4Kids program, which the NTFB supports.  The program provides much needed nutrition to public school children in the North Texas area for the weekend. The students are identified by their teachers and administrators at their schools as chronically hungry through visible signs of poor nutrition – dark circles, chewing on erasers, etc. 

The students receive the backpacks on Friday afternoon filled with nutritious items to help bridge the weekend when their school breakfast/lunch programs are not available.  With the monetary donation from SMU Cox Executive Education and the work that day, the SBI visit supported 15,504 meals for the program.