Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Meals Fight Year-Round Hunger

With summer break underway, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds us June 11-15 is National Summer Food Service Program Week.

Knowing hunger doesn’t take a vacation, this week and all summer long, we are working with USDA to raise awareness of nutritious, no-cost meals available to children who typically rely on school cafeterias to get the food they need to live healthy lives.

In Texas, local school districts, food banks, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations and others partner with the Texas Department of Agriculture to maintain meal sites for those in need. Some programs also include fun, recreational activities to keep kids active and entertained. With one in four Texas children considered food-insecure, these meal sites provide a much-needed service to families in need.

The goal of these programs is to not just provide for the immediate nourishment needs, but build a bridge that leads to healthy lives and self-sufficiency.

To find a feeding site near you, dial 2-1-1 or visit to ensure our Texas schoolchildren enjoy a happy, healthy summer. 

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