Waco ISD begins free summer meal program

The program provides free meals to kids from May 30 through Aug. 9
Published: May. 30, 2023 at 8:50 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - The Waco Independent School District “Seamless Summer Option 2023 Summer Feeding Program,” which provides free meals to all children, launched Tuesday, May 30 and will run through Aug. 9.

Tuesday marked day one of the free summer meal service, and it’s already off to a busy start, according to a Waco ISD official.

“We usually prepare for about 100 meals on our food trucks, and we served 100 meals off of this food truck today,” Sarah Hoode, a specialist for Waco ISD Child nutrition services, told KWTX.

According to studies from Feeding Texas, one in five Texas children experiences hunger. Those living in Waco are no exception.

Every Monday through Friday, the Seamless Summer Option Feeding Program gives free breakfasts and lunches to Waco children of all ages, regardless of where they live or go to school. No paperwork is required, either.

“All they have to do is show up at one of the serving sites during the serving times, and they can receive a free meal, breakfast and or lunch,” Hoode said.

Serving sites include 14 Waco ISD schools, seven community locations, and 10 mobile food truck locations, like the one parked at University Baptist Church in Waco from 12:00-12:20 P.M each day.

One mother of three who picked up lunches there today says she’s grateful for programs like these.

“It really helps families that can’t buy for their kids, and it’s helpful throughout the day also, because some people ain’t got it,” Xavier Carter, a Waco ISD mother, said. “It really helps with the parents who are really struggling.”

Hoode is hopeful that the Seamless Summer Option fFeding Program puts those struggling parents at ease, one meal at a time.

“It is our goal throughout the year and during the summer to feed kids, so we wanted to provide nutritious, healthy, phenomenal food to our kids all year round,” Hoode said.

The free meal program goes from May 30th until August 9th.

For more specific information on the sites and serving times for Waco ISD, CLICK HERE.

Other Central Texas districts are offering similar meal programs throughout the summer.

For more information on specific sites and serving times for Killeen ISD, CLICK HERE.

For more information on specific sites and serving times for Temple ISD, CLICK HERE.

For more information on specific sites and serving times for Belton ISD, CLICK HERE.