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Summer Meals Kickoff 2017

(from Lubbock ISD)

Free Summer Meals Served at Nearly 40 Sites Across Lubbock County

[Lubbock, Texas] – The Texas Hunger Initiative, the South Plains Food Bank, YWCA of Lubbock, and Lubbock ISD and Frenship ISD are collaborating with a diverse group of partners to kick off the Free Summer Meals program for kids and teens in the area. As a result, more area kids and teens will be connected this summer to health and nutrition resources, helping to close the crucial “summer gap” when school is out of session, especially for students participating in the free and reduced school lunch and breakfast programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Texas Department of Agriculture work with the organizations above to offer free summer meals to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger at almost 40 sites – including schools, churches, recreation centers, parks, and more – across Lubbock all summer long. Unfortunately, however, only a small percentage of children who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year participated in the free Summer Meals program last year.

Many Summer Meals sites, which are registered with the USDA, offer fun learning and recreational activities so kids and teens can eat a healthy meal while staying active and hanging out with friends. Program details:

  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and youngerwho come to a Summer Meals site

o Food served follows USDA nutrition guidelines and is paid for by the USDA

o Summer Meals sites are at schools, churches, community centers and other places that are safe for kids and teens to go to

o Many sites offer educational and recreational activities that kids of all ages can participate in so they can eat, hang out with friends and take part in activities offered

o Parents don’t need to apply to the program to get a free summer meal for their kids. They can just bring their child to a Summer Meals site in their community.

Summertime should be a stress-free time for parents and kids, full of food, friends and fun. The attached list provides information on all of the Lubbock County summer meal sites. Free Summer Meals can help. Families can also visit (this site provides a map with meal sites, dates, and times of operations), call 211, or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find the nearest meal site.

About Texas Hunger Initiative

The Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building and collaborative project, sponsored by Baylor University, that seeks to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, research, community organizing and community development. THI seeks to make the state food secure by ensuring that every individual has access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week. THI convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with non-profits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas.

About the South Plains Food Bank

The South Plains Food Bank seeks to achieve its goal of seeing a hunger-free community through this partnership. There is an increased need at the Food Bank during the summer months, and the free summer meals program for children and teens helps to alleviate that need. The SPFB prepares and distributes food to dozens of summer meals sites throughout the South Plains. The South Plains Food Bank hopes to see a rise in attendance at the sites this year; not in the amount of people in need, but in the amount of people being helped.

About the YWCA

The YWCA offers summer day camps for children ages 4-12. All camps operate from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and feature both indoor and outdoor activities, games, swimming, arts and crafts, language experiences, and other special programs to enrich children’s out-of-school experiences. A healthy breakfast, lunch and snack are served daily as part of the Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. The YWCA summer camp program plays a critical role in assuring that young people have a safe place to spend the day while parents are at work. By staying actively engaged through the summer, children return to school in the fall ready to learn.

About Lubbock ISD
Aramark and Lubbock ISD are dedicated to providing students breakfast and lunch meals during the summer months. We know the importance of having access nutritious meals during the school year, and we strive to continue that effort throughout the summer. Several locations will be offering free summer meals across the community. We will be serving breakfast and lunch (Monday – Thursday) at 17 locations from May 31 through June 29. We will leave 9 of these locations open from June 30 through August 8 (Monday-Thursday). Our summer sites are open to anyone 18 years and younger. Aramark has been a proud partner with Lubbock ISD since 1987, and will continue to help support the district and community by providing healthy meals, snacks and wellness teachings, during the school year and beyond.

About Frenship ISD

Aramark at Frenship ISD will be providing breakfast and lunch meals during the month of June at Westwind Elementary. We are dedicated to serving the community during the summer, just as we are during the school year. Our menus will be built based on requirements from the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program which includes whole-grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. All community children up to 18 years are welcome to join us for nutritious meals in a safe and inviting environment.