The South Texas Food Bank is proud to be partnering with the State of Texas in providing free afterschool meals to the children of South Texas. Launched this past March, the South Texas Food Bank was approved by Texas Department of Agriculture to begin its Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program is a nationally-ran afterschool meal program created by USDA that provides warm and nutritionally-dense and approved meals to children up to the age of 18. Our very own chef designs and prepares the meals while complying with USDA nutritional requirements.
The warm meals are distributed to each site using special warmers which ensure that food is maintained at the proper and safe temperatures. South Texas Food Bank’s new program replaces its previous Kids Café meal program that provided snacks and food throughout its service area. The new CACFP that the South Texas Food Bank runs is designed specifically for the area we live and play in and provide delicious after school meals at approved sites. The eight approved sites run the program additionally provide enrichment activities to further compliment the experience. While children eat and socialize, they also have opportunities to gain additional skills and knowledge by engaging in educational activities, receive tutoring services, having access to the internet, or simply having a quiet space to do homework in. The six sites providing afterschool meals include: El Cenizo Community Center, Rio Bravo Community Center, Fred M. and Anita Bruni Community Center, Ladrillito Activity Center, Santa Teresita Community Center, Rosemont Apartments, and Boys and Girls Club in Los Presidentes.
Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements, some sites have temporarily postponed feeding services. The sites that do remain open and provide meals have been converted to Grab n’ Go distribution provided in paper bags. While enrichment activities are still offered, most centers are requiring parents to call each center to make appointments and confirm space availability. Kids and Parents are welcome to come and pick up meal sacks from the hours of 3:00pm to 5:00pm Monday-Friday.
About this program:
Despite the unforeseen cancellations of vacations, the lack of pool parties and playing with the neighborhood kids, the children of Webb County were offered even more sites in which to receive free meals this summer. The South Texas Food Bank commenced its Summer Food Service Program this past summer which provided lunch and snacks to kids spread across Webb County. This program, which nationally provides warm meals and snacks throughout the summer, is designed to provide nutrition to children who depend on meals provided by the school during the normal school year. Kids were offered delicious and nutritious meals prepared by South Texas Food Bank’s very own Chef, Stephen Pearson.
This program was available to kids of all ages at six different sites through grab n’ go distribution. In total, this program provided meals to over 800 children daily throughout Webb County. The South Texas Food Bank will provide summer meals once again next year, once school lets out. For a complete list of summer feeding sites in the area, information may be requested by calling 2-1-1 or by following the South Texas Food Bank on Facebook.
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