The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program begins Tuesday, June 9th across East Texas. The program provides free nutritious meals to children at over 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 Summer Food Program serves children in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced feeding programs during the school year. Since these programs end when school does, the Summer Food Service Program helps fill that hunger gap ensuring that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer.
The Summer Food Program also provides supervised activities that are safe, fun, and filled with nutrition education opportunities. Children benefit nutritionally by receiving well-rounded meals while parents are able to stretch their food dollars further.In 2014, the East Texas Food Bank provided over 140,000 meals to children thru the Summer Food Program at 60 sites across East Texas.Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children, particularly for low-income children.