(Tyler, Texas) May 29, 2012 – The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program will kick‐off
Tuesday, June 5th at City Park, 200 West Queen Street in Tyler, at 11:45 am. The program provides
free nutritious meals to children at 56 sites throughout East Texas. Since school is out, thousands of
East Texas children will be looking for places they can meet their friends, have fun and eat healthy
“The East Texas Food Bank wants to ensure that the break from the classroom during the summer
does not mean a break from what may be the most important source of nutritious meals – school
breakfast and lunch programs,” said Dennis Cullinane, executive director of the East Texas Food Bank.
“Our Summer Food Program fills that gap and works to ensure that our kids receive the food they
need during their summer break and we try to keep it fun at the same time.”
The free meals help children in low‐income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow,
throughout the summer months. During the school year, nutritious meals are available through the
National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. But those programs end when school ends for
the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Program helps fill the hunger gap.
The Summer Food Program is the single largest Federal resource available for local sponsors who
want to ensure that children do not need to go hungry this summer.
The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program provides nutritious meals FREE to all children ages
1 to 18 at participating feeding sites. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities,
over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
To participate, children just need to show up. There is no need to register and no proof of age or
income is required.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is
prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file
a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250‐9410 or call (800) 795‐3272 (voice) or (202) 720‐6382 (TTY).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For Summer Food Program sites and hours of operation in your area dial 2‐1‐1. For more details on