Schools in the Kilgore area and the East Texas Food Bank will be providing free breakfast and lunch this summer to kids 18 and younger.
Boys and Girls Club of Kilgore
The East Texas Food Bank will offer a summer meal program at the Boys and Girls Club of Kilgore, 724 Harris St., from June 7 to July 30, Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m., while lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
Children do not need to register or show proof of age or income. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children to eat off-site if they provide proof of school enrollment (report card, enrollment form or a note from school).
“The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program is one of the most important child hunger programs in our community, especially as we are still seeing an increased need for assistance due to the pandemic,” said East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane. “This is our 17th year in the program and we receive so many positive remarks from parents about how important this program is for their children.”
Kilgore ISD has announced the return of its summer meal plan beginning in May, according to a release sent by the district.
“Kilgore Independent School District will serve healthy, nutritious meals for children once again this summer,” the release said. “Bringing healthy summer meals to Kilgore children ensures kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn. This summer, Kilgore Independent School District will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy meals at no cost to the child.”
The meals are offered as part of the “seamless summer” program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administered locally by Texas Department of Agriculture. They’re intended to provide nutrition over the summer to children who rely on school meals during the academic year. Meals are free and open to children regardless of whether or not they are a KISD student, but students must be present to receive a meal.
“Children need good nutrition year round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life,” said Jennie Hammerbacher, RDN LD, KISD School Nutrition Director. “With 1 in 5 Texas children struggling with hunger, the summer meal programs can help bridge the gap when children lose access to nutritious meals.”
Meals will be served at the following Kilgore ISD locations:
- Kilgore Primary School, 255 Baughman Road: May 24-28, June 1-July 1 (Monday through Thursday)
- Kilgore Intermediate School, 2201 Whipporwill Lane: June 7-June 17 (Monday through Thursday)
- Chandler Elementary, 2500 Chandler St.: June 7-June 17 (Monday through Thursday)
At all locations, breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kilgore ISD is one of the nonprofit organizations partnering with TDA to serve meals across Texas. Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:
- Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator
- for an interactive site locator map
- Text FOODTX to 877-877
Sabine ISD will provide free grab-and-go summer meals June 1-30 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Sabine Middle School. Use the rear entrance off of Old Highway 135 to pick up meals.
Each day’s meals include a lunch and breakfast for the next day. Parents or guardians who would like to pick up meals for their children should bring one of the following: report card, parent portal print out, birth certificate or student ID (if the child is a Sabine ISD student).
No income verification is required, and children do not have to be enrolled at Sabine ISD to get a free meal.
For more information, contact the Sabine ISD Child Nutrition Department at (903) 984-6917
Overton ISD’s summer feeding program will take place Thursday, May 27 through Friday, June 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.
Lunch will be served in the cafeteria. Masks are encouraged, but not required. Social distancing guidelines will be followed when feasible.