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East Texas Food Bank kicks off summer food service program

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The East Texas Food Bank kicked off its summer food service program on Tuesday, which is designed to help children of low-income families.

A great meal at a great price, which some of these children would not have been able to eat, since school is out.

"It's meant to replace the school lunches they would normally have had while school was in session," says Dennis Cullinane, the Executive Director of East Texas Food Bank.

Kids enjoyed a bouncy house, a clown and even face painting. But just because the kids are on summer break doesn't mean they are on a break from healthy eating.

"They are going to get a balanced meal. They are going to have all the components required like they would be getting lunch at school. They're always going to have a milk, a dairy, a protein, and a carbohydrate," says Angie Shoffner, the Nutrition Educator at East Texas Food Bank.

Lus Lopez has two children in the lunch program and she says lunch time in the park is something to be thankful for.

"It's important so they can get their nutrition. And it helps them to eat good food and play with other kids," says Lopez.

Something fun, healthy and free to do this summer. There are 46 locations across East Texas where children can eat a free lunch.

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