By Ellen Blake
Kim Whiting and her husband David Whiting of Plano, Texas devote a great deal of time and money under ordinary circumstances to support local charities. During extraordinary times, such as today with Covid-19, this impressive couple stepped their efforts up even further. They donate meals through Kim’s catering business, Havin’ a Ball, to those in need.
About Havin’ A Ball and its efforts to help others
Havin’ A Ball is a food truck business that officially opened in February 2020 to provide gourmet boxed lunches and catering for offices, schools,private parties, charity fundraisers and more in the DFW area. The business experienced rapid growth…and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The business quickly pivoted to meet the needs of the community and began both a home meal delivery program and a food truck curbside meal pick up program.
In April, Havin’ A Ball partnered with 2 longtime friends at the North Texas Food Bank and The Southwest Jewish Congress (SWJC) to feed first responders on the front lines through a program called ‘Building Bridges, Feeding Heroes’ and a subsequent program that delivers meals to struggling families called ‘Feeding Neighbors’. Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Greater Dallas, forced to shut their doors in March due to the Covid-10 pandemic, refers clients to the Network, a non-denominational, community-based organization that serves the local community. JFS sponsors these special programs in honor of their non-profit colleagues who do so much for others.
The Whiting’s have huge philanthropic hearts.
They do not currently take salaries or any pay back on the money they invested on their business. Income earned goes to cover their expenses and employee salaries as they work to feed those in need in our community.
Serving Frontline First Responders
The Whitings provided 142 kitchen hours and 793 labor hours thus far to serve food to a total of 2,313 people/families. In fact, in the past 28 days, Havin’ A Ball fed, in partnership with SWJC.org and North Texas Food Bank:
- 1,228 national guardsmen
- 955 front line, 1st responders
- 45 struggling families in need
- 48 client home delivered meals
- 12 client curbside food truck meal pickup
Every dollar donated for these efforts goes directly to feed heroes and neighbors in need.
Even before the pandemic, the Whiting’s designed their business to “give back”. As stated on the website,
“At Havin a Ball, we want to change the world one meal at a time. We offer an in-house culinary team with over 20 years’ experience, and we have partnerships with some of DFW’s best chefs and restaurants to bring you cutting edge cuisine—locally and globally! You’ll be glad to know we pursue global, environmental sustainability with biodegradable, eco-friendly containers.What’s more, we believe in giving back to leave the world a better place than we found it. A portion of the proceeds of EVERY MEAL served benefits one of the charities we support. Thank you for joining us in our efforts to #eatgooddogood.”