East Texas Food Bank begins Summer Food Program, modifications due to COVID-19

TYLER, TEXAS –  In order to meet the increased demand for food assistance over the summer, the East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program will operate at 23 East Texas community locations starting June 1. The program provides free nutritious meals to children and families.

The program works to fill the meal gap left when the school year ends and children lose access to free and reduced-price meal programs they depend on for nourishment.

Year-round, over 75,000, or one in four, children are facing hunger in the 26 counties the East Texas Food Bank serves.

“The East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program is one of the most important child hunger programs in our community,” said East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane. “Every year the Summer Food Program provides nutritious meals to fill that all important free or reduced lunchtime meal gap that is left when our kids are away from school on summer break.”

Due to COVID-19, the sites will be drive-thru through August. To participate, families just need to show up. There is no need to register and no proof of age or income is required.

The full list of sites and service times can be found at EastTexasFoodBank.org/SummerFood.