Free summer meals available to children

May 24, 2010 4:07:35 PM PDT
The Houston Independent School District will provide free meals to Houston-area kids this summer. Children ages 1 to 18 can enjoy a healthy breakfast and lunch at no cost from June 7 through July 2. The school district's summer feeding program will offer free meals at more than 200 participating schools. The school district's summer feeding program will offer free meals at more than 200 participating schools.

All meals served are nutritionally analyzed to ensure that children receive the vitamins, minerals and calories needed to maintain a balanced diet. Last year, Houston ISD Food Services served more than 1.7 million free meals to Houston-area children.

"With this program, thousands of children are eating a well-balanced meal that they might otherwise go without," said HISD Summer Feeding Coordinator Natalie Bradford-Edwards. "A prolonged period of time without adequate nutrition affects both the body and the brain, especially in children who are still growing. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children have access to the food they need in order to return to school physically and mentally prepared to learn."

Children do not have to be enrolled in summer school nor show proof of income in order to enjoy a nutritious, hot meal. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Adults may also participate in the program by purchasing breakfast for $2 and lunch for $3.25. For a list of participating Houston ISD schools, parents can call 713-491-5944 or visit www.houstonisd.org.


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