School districts across Bexar County are providing free meals for students during the summer this year.
North East Independent School District has been providing free meals through the Summer Food Service Program for more than 10 years, said Sharon Glosson, executive director of school nutrition services. The district typically serves around 120,000 meals over the course of one summer, she said.
“We know students in our school districts and around the city depend on school meals – sometimes up to three meals per day – during the year,” Glosson said. “When that resource disappears in the summer, they’re lacking that nutrition. Families struggle to make ends meet over the summer, and this provides a resource for families to get a nutritious meal for kids that they’re used to.”
The Summer Food Service Program is administered through the Texas Department of Agriculture, and participating school districts and organizations receive federal reimbursement dollars for providing free meals to kids ages 18 and younger during the summer. This year, San Antonio ISD will bring breakfast and lunch to 31 locations.
“Regular and appropriate nutrition is very important to support a student’s academic performance,” said Jenny Arredondo, SAISD senior executive director of food and child nutrition services in a news release.
Glosson said that, during the summer, children often lack routine and social outlets, so NEISD tries to help students find ways to spend their time. Like other the school districts, NEISD will bring meals to non-campus sites such as libraries and a city pool.
“By having [food program] sites at libraries and pools, it allows them to have access to books, recreation, other children,” she said. “It really provides [the] nutrition they need, but also gives them a way to stay connected to school district or community resources.”
The San Antonio Food Bank is also providing prepared meals for students ages 18 years and younger at 68 partnering sites around the city. President and CEO Eric Cooper said that school is often the best way to make sure kids get fed.
“Holiday breaks, weekends, and the summer break put kids without access to that nutritious meal provided in school,” Cooper said. “The Food Bank is trying to meet that gap and make sure kids get nourished, so kids don’t experience that slide that’s often times talked about – the summer slide, where kids lose ground over the summer educationally and developmentally because of the lack of resources at home during the 11-week period that summer creates.”
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East Central ISD, Edgewood ISD, Judson ISD, Harlandale ISD, Northside ISD, Southside ISD, and Southwest ISD are all providing free meals to students during the summer months. Four IDEA Public Schools campuses will also have free meals.
To find Summer Food Service program sites day-by-day, use the Texas Department of Agriculture’s interactive map here.
Read on for details about school districts’ meal distribution sites below.
East Central ISD
East Central High School, Oak Crest Intermediate School, and Legacy Middle School will provide breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays, starting June 10 and ending Aug. 1. Breakfast is from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. while lunch is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Find the menu and other details here.
Kids can find free meals at eight locations around Edgewood ISD this summer, although Memorial High School serves only breakfast. Las Palmas Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary, and Winston Elementary serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, from May 28 to June 28. The Coronado West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center serves meals Monday through Friday, June 10 to Aug. 2. John F. Kennedy High School and Memorial High School serve meals Monday through Thursday, June 3 to July 31. And Edgewood Fine Arts Academy (S.T.E.A.M.) serves meals Monday through Friday, June 10 to July 21. Find addresses, service times, and other details here.
Five campuses in Judson ISD will provide free breakfast and lunch this summer. Wagner High School and Woodlake Hills Middle School will serve meals Monday through Thursday, while Copperfield Elementary, Paschall Elementary, and Judson High School serve meals Monday through Friday. All locations will be closed July 4. Find dates, times, and addresses here.
Harlandale ISD will serve breakfast and lunch at 16 different campuses in the district this summer, Monday through Thursday, starting June 10. Adults can also purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $3.75 each. Mealtimes and end dates vary. The district will be closed on Fridays, starting June 14 through Aug. 2, as well as on July 4. Find dates, times, and addresses here.
North East ISD
NEISD will serve breakfast and lunch at 14 different schools in the district and lunch at Pruitt Library at Roosevelt High School, Tobin Branch Library, Thousand Oaks Branch Library, Semmes Branch Library, Brookhollow Branch Library, Morgan’s Wonderland, and Dellview Pool. Find dates, times, and addresses here.
Northside ISD will serve breakfast and lunch at 21 schools in the district. Stevens High School will only serve breakfast. All meals are served Monday through Friday. Breakfast is from 7:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m. Lunch times vary. Find details, including closure dates and menus, here.
San Antonio ISD
SAISD will serve breakfast and lunch at 31 different sites this summer. Breakfast runs from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m., while lunch is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Find dates, times, and locations here.
Pearce Elementary and ACES will both serve food Mondays through Thursdays. At Pearce, breakfast is from 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., from June 10 to July 16. The site will be closed July 4. At ACES, breakfast is from 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunch is from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., from June 10 to June 27. Details here.
Breakfast and lunch will be served at Southwest Legacy High School, Resnik Middle School, Medio Creek Elementary, Hidden Cove Elementary, and SWISD Building #800. Times and dates vary. Find details here.
IDEA Public Schools
IDEA Brackenridge, IDEA Carver, IDEA Eastside, IDEA Ewing Halsell, IDEA Harvey E. Najim, IDEA Ingram Hills, IDEA Judson, IDEA Mays, IDEA Monterrey Park, IDEA South Flores, and IDEA Walzem will serve breakfast and lunch, starting June 3 and going through Aug. 4. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m.-8 a.m., while lunch is from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Campuses will be closed July 1 through July 5, and Aug. 5 through Aug. 9. More information here.
KIPP San Antonio Public Schools
The KIPP Cevallos Campus, which houses KIPP University Prep, KIPP Aspire Academy, and KIPP Esperanza Dual Language Academy, will serve breakfast and lunch from June 5 to June 28, Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served from 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m., and lunch is from 11:10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
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