More than 243,000 free meals served to Dallas children in June

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Approximately 243,230 meals were served to children 18 and younger during the month of June as part of the Summer Food Service Program.

Select Dallas ISD schools participate in the free meal program along with churches, recreation centers, and other activity sites throughout the city. The Summer Food Service Program was created to ensure that children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have the benefit of school breakfasts and lunches.

“Hunger does not take a break over the summer, and neither do we,” said Lesia Gray, who coordinates Dallas ISD’s summer meal program. “With one in four children food insecure in Dallas County, it’s important we continue to carry out our mission to provide nutrition that fuels successful learning over the summer month.”

Below is a breakdown of the free meals served to children during the month of June:

  • Breakfast: 102,993 meals
  • Lunch: 128,020 meals
  • Supper: 12,221 meals

The federal government created the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) as a summer feeding alternative for schools that already participate in school meal programs and wish to continue meal service into the summer.

The program runs through Aug. 22. The first day of school for students at Dallas ISD is Aug. 24.

For more information on the program or to find the nearest participating location where a child can receive a free meal, click here.

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