Como-Pickton school officials announced this week that the district will be offering free lunches to children up to age 18 this summer as part of Texas Department of Agriculture’s Summer Nutrition Program. A similar program is also offered at Travis Elementary School in Sulphur Springs.
“Schools will soon be out for the summer, and that means hundreds of Como-Pickton children will be looking for places they can meet their friends, have fun and eat a healthy lunch. Como-Pickton CISD Summer Food program is ready to meet the demand,” noted C-P Assistant Superintendent Lydia Walden, whose duties include overseeing the food service department at the school, in a press release.
The Summer Food Program is being offered statewide by schools, various agencies and non-profit groups in areas where more than 50 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. In 2008, more than 12.6 million meals were served to Texas children through the Summer Nutrition Program. Como-Pickton is one of the more than 2,000 sites designated to offer summer food meals.
Free lunches will be servedfrom 11 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday, June 8-July 16, in Como-Pickton secondary cafeteria.
“The service is open to all children, regardless of income,” Walden said. “People who are over age 18 and enrolled in school programs for people with disabilities can also receive meals at no charge.”
Como-Pickton isn’t the only local school to offer these free meals, according to the program website. Travis Elementary in Sulphur Springs ISD, located at 130 Garrison St., will offer breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Monday-Thursday, June 9-July 16.
Program sponsors will serve meals with milk, meat, fruits, vegetables and bread. All meals and snacks are required to meet federal nutrition standards.
For more information, call 2-1-1, visit www.summerfood.org, or call C-P CISD at 903-488-3671, ext. 3210, or Travis Elementary at 903-885-9721
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