Our office reaches out to school districts across the area to discuss the importance of breakfast in the daily lives of students. We help school districts implement Universal School Breakfast programs and alternative breakfast delivery models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab-and Go Breakfast in order to increase breakfast participation.
For families who count on school breakfast and lunch, the summer months can stress tight food budgets. The USDA offers free meals to children age 18 and younger through the Summer Food Service Program to help alleviate some of this strain. TGCHC Faith-Based Task Group has focused on the Kids Eat Free (KEF) Summer Meal Program. San Angelo THI coordinates the KEF program which began in 2010. Free lunch is provided to children during July and August. This past summer there were 10 meal sites that served over 9,770 meals. The program is operated by many volunteers from area churches, organizations, and individuals.
The federal Afterschool Meals Program funds afterschool meals and snacks year-round. THI is working to expand participation to ensure that all children have access to afterschool meals.
To learn more about the ways we are addressing child hunger and to get involved as an individual or an organization, contact Betty Teston, THI - San Angelo’s Child Hunger Outreach Specialist.