Summer food program looks to fill plates

Published on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 23:15 - Written by REBECCA HOEFFNER rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

About 1 in 4 children in Tyler are at-risk of hunger, said East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane, making the organization’s summer food program all the more important.

“Every year we try to fill in the gaps when school is out of session,” he said. “The kids need those meals.”

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,” Cullinane said. “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. And the program in Tyler has won awards for its efficiency in partnering with the city and with other organizations, Cullinane said.

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, older than 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 EastTexasFood Bank.org/SummerFood.

 

 

 

The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food program sites include

Alto: (Starts in July)

The Chaparral Center, 176 W. San Antonio St.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

July 7 to Aug. 15, Monday through Friday

 

Arp:

Arp Park, 107 Main St.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 8, Monday through Friday

 

Atlanta:

Birth of Hope (Christian Pantry), 303 Johns St.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to July 30, Monday through Thursday

 

Carthage:

Afterschool Youth Enrichment Program, 425 Davis St.

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 1, Monday to Friday

 

Baker Koonce Intermediate School, 320 North Daniels

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to July 3, Monday through Thursday

 

Crockett:

Crockett Early Childhood Center, 1300 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

11:30 a.m. to noon

June 9 to June 26, Monday through Thursday

 

Crockett Elementary School, 1400 SW Loop 304

7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. and noon to 12:30 p.m.

June 9 through June 26, Monday through Thursday

 

Flint:

New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1212 FM 2813

noon to 1 p.m.

June 16 to August 21, Monday through Thursday

 

Gun Barrel City:

Tamarack Community Park, 206 Spring Valley Drive

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 through Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Hallsville:

Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines Hallsville Site, 300 Willow Road

7 to 8 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 9 to Aug. 8, Monday to Friday

 

Hawkins:

Jarvis Christian College, Highway 80E PR 7631

8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday to Friday

 

Henderson:

Boys and Girls Club of Rusk County, 710 Robertson Road

8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 9 to July 31, Monday through Friday

 

West Vale Apartments, 817 W. Main St.

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to Aug. 21, Monday through Thursday

 

Jacksonville:

Our Lady of Sorrows, 1023 Corinth Road

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 15, Monday through Friday

 

Sweet Union Apartments, 1011 North Jackson

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Karnack:

Karnack Elementary (G.W. Carver), 14109 FM 134

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

June 9 to July 31, Monday through Thursday

 

Kilgore:

Boys and Girls Club of Kilgore, 724 Harris Street

8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 9 to July 31, Monday through Friday

 

Longview:

Belaire Manor Apartments, 1501 E. Young St.

noon to 12:45 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 8, Monday through Friday

 

Tammy Lynn Neighborhood, 418 Clyde St.

noon to 12:45 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 8, Monday to Friday

 

Mabank:

Golden Oaks Community Park, 169 Golden Oaks Drive

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Cherokee Shores Community Park, 304 N. Cherokee Shores Drive

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Marshall:

Boys and Girls Club of the Big Pines, 1500 Positive Place

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 9 to Aug. 8, Monday to Friday

 

West End Park, 208 Hendrix St.

11:15 to 11:45 a.m.

June 10 to Aug. 15, Monday to Friday

 

Ward Plaza Apartments, 1603 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Martin’s Mill:

Martin’s Mill Elementary School, 301 FM 1861

8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

June 10 to June 26, Monday through Thursday

 

Mineola:

Addie McFarland Community Center, 708 South Stone

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Mineola Primary School, 1050 West Loop 564

8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon

June 9 to June 27, Monday to Friday

 

Mt. Pleasant: (sites start in July)

First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant, 401 N. Madison

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 7 to Aug. 15, Monday to Friday

 

Tennison Memorial UMC, 313 N. Church St.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 7 to Aug. 15, Monday through Friday

 

New Summerfield:

Our Lady of the Guadeloupe Catholic Church, 304 FM 235 East

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 15, Monday through Friday

 

Palestine:

Washington Early Childhood Center, 1020 W. Hamlett

7:30 to 8 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m.

June 9 to July 3, Monday through Thursday

 

Southside Elementary, 201 E. Gillespie Road

7:15 to 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 9 to July 17, Monday through Friday

 

Palestine High School, 1600 South Loop 256

7:15 to 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 9 to July 17, Monday through Thursday

 

Northside Primary, 2509 N. Hwy 155

7:15 to 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 9 to July 17, Monday through Thursday

 

Queen City:

Morris Upchurch Middle School, 500 5th St.

8 to 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

June 9 to July 31, Monday through Thursday

 

Reklaw:

Fairview Community Center, 17053 CR 4247 W

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to July 17, Monday through Thursday

 

Rusk:

Shady Grove Church of Christ, 435 FM 2962 South

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to July 30, Monday through Wednesday

 

Rusk First United Methodist Church, 308 N. Henderson St.

noon to 1 p.m.

June 30 to July 31, Monday through Thursday

 

Tyler:

Andrew’s Park, 1325 E. Richards

8 to 8:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Austin Elementary, 1105 W Franklin Street

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and noon to 12:30 p.m.

June 10 to June 25, Monday through Friday, and July 28 to August 21, Monday through Friday

 

Boys & Girls Club of East Texas, 504 West 32nd Street

8:45 to 9:10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

June 9 to Aug. 8, Monday through Friday

 

City Park, 200 W. Queen St.

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Emmitt Scott/Lincoln Park, 1710 N. Confederate Ave.

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Griffith Park, 2930 N. Carter Blvd.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Higher Heights Baptist Church, 2726 Van Highway

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 21, Monday through Thursday

 

New Generations Baptist Church, 708 N. Ross Ave.

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 21, Monday through Friday

 

Pine Creek Apartments, 3304 Old Noonday Road

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday to Friday

 

Pollard Park, 710 E. Amherst St.

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

PT Cole Park, 1001 South Vine

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 22, Monday through Friday

 

Pinnacle at North Chase Apartments, 3651 N. Broadway Ave.

11 a.m. to noon

June 10 to July 31, Monday through Friday

 

Rose Valley Apartments, 1007 N NW Loop 323

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 22, Monday through Friday

 

Shiloh Pines Apartments, 2525 Shiloh Road

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 21, Monday through Thursday

 

Southwest Pines Apartments, 3220 Walton Road

noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 22, Monday through Friday

 

The Park at Shiloh Apartments, 2911 Shiloh Road

9 to 10 a.m. to noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday through Friday

 

Town Parc Apartments, 2202 WNW Loop 323

11 to 11:30 a.m.

June 10 to Aug. 22, Monday to Friday

 

Tyler YMCA, 225 S. Vine

8 to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 15, Monday through Friday

 

Woldert Park, 701 W. 32nd St.

9 to 10 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 10 to August 22, Monday through Friday

 

Waskom:

Waskom Elementary School/Boys and Girls Club, 301 School Drive

7 to 8 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.

June 9 to Aug. 8, Monday through Friday

 

Wills Point:

Wills Point Junior High School, 200 Tiger Drive

8 to 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m.

June 9 to July 1, Monday through Friday

 

Wills Point Primary School, 447 Terrace Drive

8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon

June 9 to July 1, Monday through Friday

 

*All sites closed July 4th.