Feeding Kids When School is Out for Summer

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The days are getting hotter in Texas, you can tell that summer is right around the corner. Although many students can’t wait until school lets out for summer, it can be a difficult time for the 2.8 million children who depend on free or reduced school breakfast and lunch. These kids often don’t know when […]

Aug 31 Deadline Approaches for Schools to Opt In for Free Breakfast and Lunch

Rachel Cooper

Nearly 3,500 high-poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to collect cumbersome school meal applications thanks to a new federal option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). But school districts need to act fast. The deadline for schools to opt in is August 31. […]

Community Eligibility allows more children to eat and increases revenue for schools

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan Nearly 3,500 high poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free meals–breakfast and lunch–to all students without having to collect school meal applications through a new federal option called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The Texas Department of Agriculture published a full list of eligible schools on its website. The 3459 Texas […]

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Working for a Better Texas

Last week a diverse group of Texas organizations convened in San Antonio to talk about summer childhood hunger. The Food Research Action Center (FRAC), USDA Southwest Regional Team, Texas Hunger Initiative, Texas Food Bank Network, and CPPP hosted dozens of community-based Texas organizations that  gathered to strategize on improving the reach of the Summer Food […]

Back to School (Meals)

Working for a Better Texas

By Jeanie Donovan For many of the five million school children in Texas, returning to the classroom this week means more than just a new teacher and a new grade. It also means returning to regular and balanced daily meals.  Although the federal Summer Food Service Program is intended to keep children from going hungry […]