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Texas Hunger Initiative beginning in Kids Eat Free program

A local program is offering free food to children in the community for the summer
Credit: Lexis Greene

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Kids Eat Free, run by the Texas Hunger Initiative of San Angelo, begins July 7 and goes through Aug. 13 at some meal sites.

Texas Hunger Initiative Regional Director Mary Herbert says for the last 12 years, the program has served more than 260,000 meals, with almost 195,000 of those meals to children in the community.

“We started this summer program because between the months of July and August right before school, families in the area didn’t have a place to eat if they were hungry and lacked groceries. We saw that was an area where we could assist children and parents so we did just that.” Herbert said.

The goal is to bring people together to help communities think strategically, organizations work collaboratively and programs to function efficiently.

One thing that sets this program apart from the San Angelo Independent School District food programs is THI also feeds parents at no cost. With parents having to work then take their child to the food locations, leaders of the organization felt it would be a benefit for the parents to eat too.

Reports show more than 42 million people in the United States are food insecure and 4.3 million Texans are food insecure, including nearly one in four children. In 2018, more than 60 percent of children in San Angelo were food insecure.

“The number of hungry people we continue to see in the area is the reason why we do what we do. It’s important for the community to get involved and donate whenever they can so we can keep feeding low income families,” Herbert said.

Kids eat Free will be at these locations:

Alta Loma Elementary School - 1700 N Garfield St, San Angelo, TX 76901 

Belmore Baptist Church - 1214 S Bell St, San Angelo, TX 76903 

Nueva Vista Apartments - 2401 N Lillie St, San Angelo, TX 76903 

Calvary Baptist Church - 2321 Armstrong St, San Angelo, TX 76903 

Neighbor’s Café - 413 East Ave. D San Angelo, TX 76903

Cross Pointe Fellowship - 4210 Coliseum Dr, San Angelo, TX 76903 

Lone Star Middle School - 2500 Sherwood Way, San Angelo, TX 76901 

River Pointe Apartments - 1173 Benedict Dr, San Angelo, TX 76903