ETFB's Summer Food Program begins Tuesday

Published on Friday, 30 May 2014 23:04 - Written by From Staff Reports

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program will begin Tuesday, an annual event that feeds thousands of disadvantaged children during the summer when they don’t get their usual free lunch from school.

“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 program provides free nutritious meals to children at over 60 sites throughout East Texas.

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 go hungry this summer.

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program provides free nutritious meals 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.

For more information on the Summer Food Program visit EastTexasFoodBank. org/SummerFood.