School’s out for thousands of San Antonio kids who will be missing more than their books. They will be missing their one solid meal that they could count on as a result of the federal government’s school lunch program.
Feeding America, a group that studies the rate of hunger in the country, recently released its findings for 2010.
It found that 27.1 percent of Texas children were food insecure. That means roughly one in four children are at risk of going hungry daily.
For the Boys and Girls Club in San Antonio, the burden of providing the missing meal all summer is shared with the San Antonio Food Bank.
Angie Mock, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, says, “About 90 percent of our members get free or reduced price lunch in the school year, so what happens in summer?”
She says the partnership is all about healthy choices, providing education to the kids on eating habits and lifestyle as well.
“You are going to continue to see us promote that in eating choices and exercising,” she explained.
The City of San Antonio is also offering healthier meals and snacks as part of it’s Summer Youth Program.
According to the Parks and Recreation Department website, the 25 community centers and 40 elementary schools as well as other area agencies and organizations will have free meals this summer.
For more information on these programs, contact www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/summer_food_program.aspx
For more information on the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, contact www.begreatsa.org.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul sponsors food program
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul sponsors Summer Food Service Program of the US Department of Agriculture.
Last year, they piloted the program which served 8,935 meals to 2,067 hungry children at 10 sites. This summer, they have tripled their site count and have set the goal of feeding 6,000 children.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul further developed the Summer Food Service Program to including a reading component.
The Summer of 2012 will mark the first year for the implementation of the SVDP Feeding & Reading Youth Literacy Program which will run simultaneously with the Summer Food Service Program.
The Feeding & Reading Program is expected to serve 3,000 children from low-income households in its inaugural year.
The society will be holding a kick-off at their Conference in Von Ormy, Texas. Located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church off of Interstate 35 South in Von Ormy, the Feeding & Reading site will host approximately 30 children ages 1-18 each day.
These children receive nutritious meals and snacks as well as literacy based activities.