Matt Smith | Dallas Heroes Project

Matt Smith

Matt Smith, our February Dallas Hero, has always believed in leading an integrated life — spending his time and talent on things he believes in. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt started his business career as a consultant with Deloitte. Inspired by Deloitte’s Impact Day and its pro bono consulting practice, Matt wanted to find opportunities where he could do that full time. So Matt joined PepsiCo when the company was starting its environmental marketing group, and he now runs PepsiCo’s Food for Good program.

About Food for Good

Food for Good’s mission is to make healthy food physically and financially accessible for low-income families through sustainable, business-driven solutions. In 2015, Food for Good delivered over 1.1 million meals to children in the Dallas area. The colorful Food for Good truck brings nutritious & balanced meals to community centers, apartment complexes, and neighborhoods so kids can enjoy a healthy meal, while volunteers bring games, chalk, soccer balls and other toys so kids can get in some active play time.

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In 2014, 126,000 kids in Dallas under age 18 lived in families with incomes below the federal poverty level.

Growing up in poverty is one of the greatest threats to healthy child development. Poverty and financial stress can impede children’s cognitive development and their ability to learn. It can contribute to behavioral, social and emotional problems and poor health. Source KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Angela Fields teaches girls of Rae’s Hope the importance of physical fitness and nutrition, the importance of taking responsibility for their actions, and that they have control over their lives and future.
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