Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


May 31, 2014

East Texas Food Bank’s summer food program begins June 10

EAST TEXAS — The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program will kick-off Tuesday, June 10th at City Park, 200 West Queen Street in Tyler, at 11:45 am.  The program provides free nutritious meals to children at more than 60 sites throughout East Texas.  Since school is out, thousands of East Texas children will be looking for places they can meet their friends, have fun and eat healthy meals.  

“The school breakfasts and lunches play an important role in the nutrition of students at risk of hunger.  When school is out for the summer it is imperative that the children do not miss these meals due to the added cost to the family budget,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank.  “Our Summer Food Program fills that gap and works to ensure that our kids receive the food they need during their summer break and we try to keep it fun at the same time.”

The free meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow, throughout the summer months.  During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.  But those programs end when school ends for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Program helps fill the hunger gap.  The Summer Food Program is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who want to ensure that children do not need to go hungry this summer.   

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program provides nutritious meals FREE to all children ages 1 to 18 at participating feeding sites.  Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.  To participate, children just need to show up.  There is no need to register and no proof of age or income is required.

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