RELEASE: Texas schools and nonprofits continue to offer free meals to combat childhood hunger while school is out this summer

July 13, 2021

“When kids get the food they need, it helps them stay active and healthy during the summer and return to school in the fall ready to learn,” says No Kid Hungry Texas Director Stacie Sanchez Hare

July 14, 2021

Contact: Johanna Elsemore at jelsemore@strength.org

San Antonio, TX: School is out for the summer, but all across Texas school districts and nonprofits continue to offer no cost meals to ensure kids have the nutrition they need. No Kid Hungry recently announced more than $725,000 in grants to help 22 organizations across the state expand their programs to reach even more kids, part of its ongoing effort to ensure all children in Texas remain healthy and ready to learn.

Due to pandemic-related waivers, schools and community organizations can again this year offer grab ‘n go, bundled or delivered meals to all kids and teens at no cost. The grant funding supports the equipment needed to safely reach as many kids as possible with summer meals, including meal delivery, refrigeration and transportation costs.

“As we rebuild and recover from the devastating economic impact the pandemic has had on Texas families, Summer Meals are more important than ever,” said No Kid Hungry Texas Director Stacie Sanchez Hare. “We’re proud to support the schools and nonprofits working tirelessly this summer to support their communities and ensure all kids have the nutrition they need to return to school in the fall healthy and ready to learn.” 

No Kid Hungry is helping families find summer meals near them through our Free Meals Finder map and texting hotline. Parents and caregivers can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877-877 to find sites in their neighborhood.

Below are the most recent No Kid Hungry Texas grant recipients:

  • Brazosport Independent School District

  • Brownsville Independent School District

  • Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

  • Central Texas Food Bank

  • CitySquare

  • Destiny Empowerment Enterprises, Inc

  • Fort Bend Independent School District

  • Good Neighbor Settlement House

  • Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District

  • Judson Independent School District

  • Killeen Independent School District

  • Klein Independent School District 

  • Lockhart Independent School District

  • Manor Independent School District

  • McAllen Independent School District

  • Pasadena Independent School District

  • Rio Grande City CISD

  • San Antonio Food Bank, Inc.

  • San Antonio Independent School District

  • Santa Rosa Independent School District

  • Sinton Independent School District

  • Sweeny Independent School District

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But millions don’t know where their next meal is coming from. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign by Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty.