School's Out, But That Doesn't Mean Free Lunches Are Off The Table

Photo by GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUT

Photo by GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUT

KUT, Austin's NPR station, highlighted the Summer Learning Program in a story about providing free meals for children in the summer. In addition to lunch and breakfast, children in our program also receive a healthy afternoon snack.

For children who get free meals at school, summer can mean going hungry. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Parks and schools across Austin are serving free meals to children under 18 while school's out, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Central Texas Food Bank.

On a Tuesday morning, 180 children gather in the cafeteria at Harris Elementary School, laughing and licking their fingers as they munch on chicken nuggets.

"It's tasty!" one yells.

The children are participating in a free six-week summer camp run by the Andy Roddick Foundation. Every day campers get free breakfast and lunch. The Austin Independent School District cooks and serves the meals, just like during the school year.

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