Children who may rely on free or reduced-priced meals during the school year will not have to go hungry this summer. 

The East Texas Food Bank will kick off its Summer Food Program at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Glass Recreation Center, 501 W. 32nd St.

As part of the program, children are provided nutritious meals at no cost to them at over 50 sites throughout East Texas.

“The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program is one of the most important child hunger programs in our community,” Dennis Cullinane, CEO of the East Texas Food Bank, said in a news release. “Every year the Summer Food Program provides nutritious meals to fill that all important free or reduced lunchtime meal gap that is left when our kids are away from school on summer break.” 

According to the East Texas Food Bank, when the school year comes to a close, children across East Texas will lose access to free and reduced-price meals they depend on for nourishment, including the more than 75,000 children in the 26-counties the nonprofit serves.

Meals are provided to those 18 and under at participating feeding sites. Children who show up don’t have to register or provide proof of age or income. Meals and snacks are also available to those with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are disabled.  

The East Texas Food Bank purchases all the food for the Summer Food Program. Those who wish to make a monetary donation, or find the site nearest to them, can visit EastTexasFoodBank.org/SummerFood

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