Childhood hunger is a critically important issue for communities throughout the country. While most Americans cannot imagine living regularly without three square meals a day, many children, through no fault of their own, experience hunger on a daily basis. A lack of food for some children is especially acute during the summer school break.
In an effort to meet the needs of hungry children during the summer months, the federal government started The Summer Food Service Program. This federal program ensures that all children have access to nutritious meals when school is not in session. To help support children’s success all year long, many districts, including Leander ISD, partner with the Texas Department of Agriculture to offer summer meals to children.
As part of our partnership, the LISD community will host the summer feeding program at five locations, June 6 through July 29, Monday through Friday: Bagdad Elementary, 800 Deercreek Ln. in Leander; Cypress Creek Apartments, 2101 S. Lakeline Blvd. in Cedar Park; Giddens Elementary, 1500 Timberwood Dr. in Cedar Park; Knowles Elementary, 2101 Cougar Country Dr. in Cedar Park; and Twin Lakes Fellowship, 1150 S. Bell Blvd. in Cedar Park.
Breakfast will be served at Knowles Elementary from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. and at all other sites from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at Knowles Elementary from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and at all other sites from noon-1 p.m. The full summer menu is available on the LISD website.
Families are not required to attend LISD or be residents of the apartment complexes to participate in the summer meal program and do not need to apply. Families can simply bring their child to a summer meals site and receive a free breakfast and/or lunch. Adults over the age of 18 may purchase breakfast for $2.25 and lunch for $4.25 at all summer feeding sites.
Nationwide, an estimated 200 million free meals will be served to children through the federal summer meals program. On behalf of LISD, I am grateful for this program and I support our continued participation in the summer meals program because such services meet the immediate needs of our children and help lead all students to bright futures.