AMARILLO -- Texas Hunger Initiative, Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo, High Plains Food Bank, and Kids Café are collaborating to host a kickoff of the Free Summer Meals program for kids and teens in the area.
The event connects more area kids and teens to health and nutrition resources by raising awareness about the free Summer Meals program at the Boys & Girls Club of Amarillo.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger at multiple sites across Amarillo 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. The Summer Meals Kickoff Event seeks to offer heightened promotion of and information about the Summer Meals program in order to increase participation, as well as highlight the strong local leadership of community partners.
Summertime should be a stress-free time for parents and kids, full of food, friends and fun. Free Summer Meals can help. Families can visit www.summerfood.org, call 211, or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find the nearest meal site.
Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a Summer Meals site
Food served follows USDA nutrition guidelines and is paid for by the USDA
Summer Meals sites are at schools, churches, community centers and other places that are safe for kids and teens to go to
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
Parents do not 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.