The Summer Meals in Aldine program provides FREE breakfast and lunch to children 18 years of age and younger at more than 40 sites across the District.
The Summer Meals program is an extension of the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program offered during the traditional school year, said Dani Sheffield, executive director of child nutrition services for Aldine ISD.
Texas law mandates that public school districts in which 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meal benefits must operate a summer feeding program or take actions for other arrangements. By providing breakfast and lunch to them, the District seeks to decrease food insecurity.
“Aldine ISD has offered the Summer Meals program for many years,” Sheffield said. “Every school in Aldine is ‘area’ eligible based on the 50 percent mandate. Additionally, AISD students and children who are not students in the District can take part.“
[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Sites are based on educational programs occurring in Aldine ISD schools during the summer.[/li] [li] All schools participating are called “Open Sites.” This means that anyone 18 years of age and younger may participate. Children do not need to be Aldine ISD students.[/li][/ul][ul class=”list list-search”] [li]More than 40 sites across the District will offer the program. Visit AldineCafe.com for sites. For specific start and end dates as well as meal hours, contact the school site nearest you.[/li][/ul]
“I hope families will take advantage. They can come and get nutritious meals that they will continue to need even outside the school year,” Sheffield added. “Balanced meals are an important part of healthy child development.”
For more information, contact Child Nutrition Services at (281) 985-6450. Families can also visit SummerFood.org to use the interactive map. Families can also call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877.