Free meals offered to kids in summer

May 28, 2009 10:13:38 AM PDT
Community leaders are concerned about underprivileged grade school students getting fed during summer break. For thousands of school children, the end of the school year means the end of free or reduced breakfast and lunch for a while. City leaders gathered today and held a news conference to address this important issue.

They talked about the staggering number of children who live in impoverished conditions in Harris County, where there are hundreds of thousands eligible for free lunch.

According to the organization 'Children at Risk,' the school lunch program reaches more than two-thirds of eligible students and one-third of eligible students for breakfast. But during the summer months, that drops dramatically.

City leaders gathered today to call organizations to simply be sites where those meals can be served to kids.

"Toda, unfortunately, is probably the last day that many individuals know that their child will have lunch or know that their child will have breakfast and that is the tragedy of the entire situation," said Houston Councilmember Ronald Green. "I think it's imperative that we as a community come together, we offer more sites and that is all we are asking."

HISD does serve food through July 4.

If you think your organization can serve as a site, you can contact the Houston Parks and Recreation Department at 713-676-6832.

These summer meals do begin next week, but there is still time to go through the training and be part of the solution. They say the money and the meals are there. They just need a place to serve them.

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