The Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) child nutrition department, managed by Aramark, is partnering with various local community organizations to provide free summer meals for children in need.
Realizing the challenge that many LISD students and children face every summer, the North Texas Hunger Council (NTHC) was established last summer to meet a growing need for meals for socioeconomically disadvantaged children during summer months. Students who would normally qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year, often go hungry due to limited daily access to square meals during the summer. As of May 2019, 38 percent of students within LISD qualify for a free or reduced lunch program.
The North Texas Hunger Council consists of several faith-based, non-profit and community outreach organizations, including: LISD Child Nutrition Services, The Salvation Army (Lewisville), Valley Creek Church (Lewisville), First United Methodist Church (Lewisville), Christian Community Action (CCA), the S. Tracy Howard Project, CitySquare, Little Hands Big Hearts Elite, Josh Howard Foundation, LovePacs, and First Baptist Church (Lewisville).
In the past, the organizations comprising the NTHC have provided their own summer meal programs. With the formation of the council, these organizations are able to identify gaps in high-need areas and work together to offer summer meal programs throughout North Texas.
Last Summer, the NTHC served approximately 102,451 meals across various sites in Lewisville and surrounding cities. This summer, they anticipate an increase in meals.
“Our goal, during the school year and summer, is to provide nutritious meals for children,” LISD Child Nutrition General Manager Kimberly Stafford said. “By partnering with local community organizations during the summer when food insecurity is at its highest, we are able to pool together our resources to reach more children and make a bigger impact.”
According to the national No Kid Hungry campaign, 23.8 percent of children in Texas under age 18 live in households that experience limited or uncertain availability of safe, nutritious food at some point during the year. In 2015, 10.2 percent of children participated in the summer meals program. Out of 5,998 Texas households interviewed by the United States Department of Agriculture between 2015-2017, 14 percent were considered food insecure.
The LISD food truck, StrEATz & bEATz, will also be utilized as an outreach tool to serve summer meals. StrEATz & bEATz, a new student dining concept introduced last November, served a variety of breakfast and lunch options to LISD high school students during the school year. This summer, the StrEATz & bEATz food truck, along with The Salvation Army food truck, will provide lunch options, music and activities at several designated locations.
Summer feeding began Tuesday and will run through Aug. 2 at 27 sites across Lewisville and The Colony. A full listing of summer feeding
locations, dates, and times may be found here. For more information, contact LISD Child Nutrition at 469-713-5207, or visit lisd.schooldish.com.