EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The East Texas Food Bank is kicking off its Summer Food Program.
According to the food bank, more than 75,000 children in East Texas depend on schools for free or reduced-priced lunch. So while school is out, kids under 18 can get a free meal through the food bank’s summer food service program.
“It’s very important because [kids] are outdoors every day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. enduring games and participating outside,” said Staci Lara, recreation specialist with City of Tyler. "So we’re able to bring them inside and offer them a wholesome meal, all the meal components, to be able to feed them daily.
The food bank depends on donations and volunteers. This year, there will be 50 sites across East Texas offering these free meals.
“It’s very important for their health to be able to have good meals here, and with the food bank’s help, we’re able to do that," Lara added.
Meals are free to all children 18 and under at participating feeding sites. To participate, children just need to show up. There is no need to register and no proof of age or income is required.
Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.