HHS and TDA partner to help feed hungry kids this summer

School may take a summer break but hunger doesn’t. That’s why Texas Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Agriculture have teamed up again to help kids across Texas eat free this summer.

The Summer Food Program, sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture, provides nutritious lunches, and occasionally breakfast, to children 18 and younger when school is not in session. The meals are provided at free meal sites across the state. Families and students can locate one by calling 2-1-1.

“Last year, TDA offered meals at over 6,200 locations so providing an easy way to call to find meals is a huge support to families and kids,” said Debbie Wise, 2-1-1 interim program manager.

The program fielded almost 2,500 calls about summer meals, and TDA served 19.5 million meals.

“This a great partnership between two great state agencies for a great cause — feeding young people,” Wise said.

For more information, visit www.summerfood.org.