IDEA Public Schools to offer free meals to all children

May 26—IDEA — Public Schools' Child Nutrition Program (CNP) is excited to announce they will be serving free meals during the summer to any child in the community aged 18 years and younger beginning Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, July 21, whether they are an IDEA student or not.

According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in the state of Texas face hunger. The free meals are part of IDEA's commitment to local communities to help promote a healthy and active lifestyle through the Seamless Summer Meals Option, a news release said. 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.

"Children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life," said Fernando Aguilar, VP of Child Nutrition Program at IDEA Public Schools. "With nearly 2 million food insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation."

The summer meals will include breakfast and lunch and must be consumed in the cafeteria of any IDEA campus Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food service will be closed on federal holidays and from July 3 through July 7.

Families seeking more information regarding summer meals on campus may contact the cafeteria manager at any IDEA campus.

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