The South Plains Food Bank along with the Texas Hunger Initiative kicked off the free Summer Meals program Monday at the Lubbock Hodges Center.
According to Grace Norman, child hunger outreach specialist with Texas Hunger Initiative, the purpose of the event was to bring awareness to the availability of free summer meals for those students who rely on school breakfast and lunch.
"They are going three months without the food they would get through school lunch and school breakfast and that's just a huge chunk of time," Norman said. "They're also needing to keep up with their learning, whether that's in the classroom or as they're playing and living life."
Participation in the program is not limited to families in need of help stretching their food budgets.
"We also encourage any organization that is interested in becoming a site or a sponsor with these meals," Norman said, "to get in touch with our offices and let us know and we hope to get them online in the next coming summers."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free Summer Meals to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to Summer Meals sites in the community such as schools and churches.
To find the nearest Summer Meals location, visit the Summer Food website.