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Most students are enjoying their summer break, but a grow­ing number find the summer months challenging because they have lost their opportunity to have regular meals. However, school districts and community groups are working to ensure children do not go hun­gry. Beginning June 14, Garland ISD offers free meals twice daily throughout most of the summer at certain campuses, including Sachse High School. Breakfast lasts from 7:30-8 a.m. and lunch lasts from 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. view article arw

WACO, Texas – The Waco Independent School District has brought back its Summer Feeding Program. This year, the district is expanding meal service with more locations across all summer school campuses, nine community sites and two mobile food trucks. The goal is to provide as many nutritious and delicious free meals to children in the community as possible. Free breakfast and lunch will be served Monday through Friday, and meals for Saturday and Sunday will be distributed on Fridays. view article arw

The city of Garland and Garland ISD are now offering free meals to children through the end of July. Children 18 and under are eligible to pick up a free meal Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through July 30 at city-sponsored sites through a partnership with an advocacy organization called CitySquare. view article arw

The San Antonio Independent School District will host a free summer meal program starting June 21 for children aged 18 and younger and students over 18 and still in school but considered disabled and enrolled in a special education program. SAISD will be providing free curbside meals from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District announced that their Child Nutrition Services Department will offer free meals to all children ages 18 and under from June 7 through June 25. view article arw

The Waco Independent School District announced that it is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program to provide free breakfast and lunch to children 1 to 18-years-old. The school district said the program will include all summer school campuses, nine community sites and two mobile food trucks. The sites will be open from June 14 through August 18, with the exception of Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. view article arw

Midlothian ISD is pleased to share their summer feeding food service program that runs June 7 through July 30 to feed children in the district at no cost to families. School is out for the summer and with kids home all the time the grocery bill goes up, up and away. And as you might have noticed the price of almost everything at the grocery store has increased. Of course its important to make sure children eat healthy even during the summer, so Midlothian ISD with the help of Manna House are working together to feed children in the district. view article arw

School is out for the summer, but students can still receive free breakfast and lunch at several Marble Falls Independent School District locations. The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture, has been adopted by school districts across the state, according to Yarda Leflet, executive director of Instructional Services at MFISD. All students are welcome to visit any of the locations for meals. view article arw

DeSoto ISD will provide free meals over the summer to children at five different locations throughout the district. Meals are free for children 18 and under and identification is not needed, the district announced on social media. view article arw

This summer, Arlington ISD will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no cost summer meals. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. view article arw

Lufkin ISD’s Summer Feeding Program, which ensures students 18 and younger have healthy meals during the summer months, kicks off this week. “This program has been around a long time, at least since the early ’90s,” said Amanda Calk, director of Student Nutrition Services for Lufkin ISD. “It's important to have well-balanced, healthy meals over the summer, and this program is a great resource for our parents and students.” view article arw

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The Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Student Nutrition Department will continue the Grab and Go meal service during the summer under the Seamless Summer program, in community partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Texas Department of Agriculture, from June 8 – July 21st, 2021.  view article arw

Fort Bend ISD is continuing its Grab and Go Meal program at seven district campuses from June 7-July 29, according to a release from the district. Free meals are available to children and teens 18 years old and younger as well as enrolled students with disabilities 21 years old and younger, the release says. Pickup will be offered weekly on Monday and Thursday mornings. On Mondays, breakfasts and lunches will be provided for Monday through Wednesday, and on Thursdays families will receive food for Thursday through Saturday. view article arw

On June 2, Brenham ISD parents and families were notified that the district does not qualify for the now available P-EBT benefits. Through P-EBT, eligible school children receive temporary emergency nutrition benefits loaded on EBT cards that can be used to purchase food. view article arw

The online application for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is now open until Aug. 13 for eligible families who may qualify. Spring ISD students (up to 21 years of age) in families that temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020–2021 school year may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits, which can be used to buy food from any retailer that accepts the Lone Star Card. The P-EBT benefit was approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture and Texas Education Agency. P-EBT benefits can be used the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits. view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — West Oso Independent School District, the Coastal Bend Food Bank, and Communities in Schools Food Pantry partnered together to open the “Grace’s Pantry” food bank at JFK Elementary School. The food bank will provide West Oso families with a place to get food to put on the table if they are in need. “We all understand that no child should ever go to bed hungry,” said Conrado Garcia, superintendent of West Oso ISD. “This is one small way of saying we can help you in that process to get back on your feet.” view article arw

The Gatesville Independent School District’s free Summer Feeding program began on May 24 and will end on August 11. The program is a USDA program that allows communities to feed any child 18 years or younger if the school district qualifies. GISD has been doing the summer feeding program for 11 years this year. This feeding program is through the National School Lunch Program, operated out of the Child Nutrition Fund. Last year, the district served a total of 34,954 meals. This summer, GISD is providing bag meals to various locations and hot meals served at the Gatesville Elementary cafeteria. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department will offer free meals to all children ages 18 and under from June 7 through June 25. The Summer Food Program provides nutritious meals at no cost to all children at participating school sites. There are no fees or proof of income required. view article arw

Plano ISD will provide free meal bundles to children every Tuesday for the remainder of the summer, the district announced Tuesday. The program comes with caveats, namely that participating students are under the age of 18 and enrolled in Plano ISD. Anyone picking up meal bundles for students without them present will be required to show documentation, such as a student ID, report card or birth certificate. Meal bundles will consist of seven breakfasts, including cereals, pancakes, muffins and breakfast pizzas, and seven lunches, including hamburgers, chicken nuggets, pizzas, vegetables and fruits. Each child will be eligible to receive one meal bundle per week. view article arw

As summer school is about to start for many students across the Rio Grande Valley, the McAllen Independent School District is spreading the word about its summer feeding program. The program is a partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture that begins on June 1. McAllen ISD Director of Food Services, Alexandra Molina said lunch should be available for every child across the RGV but food insecurity is making it a challenge. view article arw

Because Dallas ISD offers free meals to all its students, all families are eligible to receive the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a one-time benefit provided by the State of Texas for eligible families to buy food. Children who are eligible are: Children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2020-2021 school year. Children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for at least one month between October 2020 and June 2021. Children who attend a school that offers free meals to all students, such as Dallas ISD schools view article arw

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A westside classroom has been turned into a home for a new food pantry. It's called Grace's Pantry and it's having a grand opening Wednesday. The pantry will be located at JFK Elementary within the West Oso School District. "We want to remove any barriers for kids and have them concentrate in class and not to think about where their meals are coming from," said Samantha Garibay who is a Communities in Schools site coordinator at the school. view article arw

Network of Community Ministries, a nonprofit group, is hosting a mobile food pantry service with Richardson ISD over the summer. The service kicks off Monday June 7 and runs through Thursday, Aug. 12, the district stated in an announcement. view article arw

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- School districts across southeast Texas are stepping in to feed children in need this summer. Spring Branch ISD is like others who help administer the Summer Food Service Program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. view article arw

The McAllen Independent School District will provide free meals for children up to 18-years-old beginning on Tues. June 1. As summer vacation starts for students across the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen ISD is making sure no student goes hungry while class is out. The meals will be distributed from 10:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. at 18 different sites across the city; children do not have to be McAllen ISD students to receive a meal. view article arw

The Austin Independent School District is providing free meals for children and caregivers over the summer. Families can pick up free meals at more than 50 Austin ISD schools this summer. Children do not have to be enrolled in AISD to receive meals. view article arw

This summer, North Lamar ISD will connect with children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no cost summer meals through the Seamless Summer Program. The Seamless Summer Program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. view article arw

Texas families who relied on the Pandemic EBT card, which previously provided a one-time benefit of $285 for students receiving free and reduced-price meals, can apply for another round of food aid for the 2021-22 school year. The federal benefit helps provide for the approximately 3.7 million eligible, low-income children in Texas who lost access to free and reduced-cost meals when schools first shut down during the pandemic. This time, the benefit could provide up to $1,200 per student, depending on the number of days most students at their school received remote instruction during the past school year. view article arw

Jicama, dates, golden beets and sweet peppers. These are some of the snacks elementary students from 26 Corpus Christi ISD campuses have been receiving from the district's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this school year. Interim Food Service director Mary Boyd said the program is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and provides snacks to students every Tuesday and Thursday. Only about 300 schools in Texas are in the program. CCISD campuses include Dr. J.A. Garcia, Stanley Kostoryz, Blanche Moore and Woodlawn elementary schools. "The program is intended to provide access to students that don't always get exposure to different types of fruits and vegetables," Boyd said. view article arw

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Amarillo Independent School District will be hosting a “Fill the Truck” event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. today (May 14) at Walmart on 4610 S. Coulter. Described by the released flyer, “Fill the Truck” aims to help transitioning families with school-age children in Amarillo ISD. The event asks for donations of “non-perishable food items, hygiene items, and emergency garments” to benefit the over 2,000 children in the program. view article arw

BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — The Burnet High School Culinary Arts students recently took on a mission quite literally out of this world. Five culinary arts students were named this years NASA’s HUNCH Program Culinary Champions. Each year, 33 different schools across the country participate in NASA’s HUNCH program. The students must take into account the nutritional requirements and make a dish manageable in a microgravity environment. Only one winner is named. view article arw

Frenship ISD and Aramark are teaming up once again for Tiger Bites, a summer feeding program that provides free meals for all kids age 18 or younger across the Lubbock and Wolfforth communities. Starting June 1, families can pick up food bags once a week for each of their children. These bags will contain breakfast and lunch for seven days to cover meals for the week. view article arw

On Tuesday, Frenship ISD announced it would provide free meals for all kids age 18 or younger across the Lubbock and Wolfforth communities starting June 1. Frenship ISD said in a news release that the school district and Aramark teamed up together once again for Tiger Bites- which is a feeding program. Read the full news release for more information on where parents can pick up the free meals below: view article arw

NEDERLAND – This summer, Nederland ISD will connect children 18 years old and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no cost summer meals.  The Summer Food Service Program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture.  For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source o view article arw

Kilgore ISD has announced the return of its summer meal plan beginning in May, according to a release sent Monday by the district. “Kilgore Independent School District will serve healthy, nutritious meals for children once again this summer,” the release said. “Bringing healthy summer meals to Kilgore children ensures kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn. This summer, Kilgore Independent School District will connect children 18 years old and younger with healthy meals at no cost to the child.” view article arw