GISD program aims to keep children from going hungry
The Gatesville Independent School District’s free Summer Feeding program began on May 24 and will end on August 11. The program is a USDA program that allows communities to feed any child 18 years or younger if the school district qualifies. GISD has been doing the summer feeding program for 11 years this year. This feeding program is through the National School Lunch Program, operated out of the Child Nutrition Fund.
Last year, the district served a total of 34,954 meals. This summer, GISD is providing bag meals to various locations and hot meals served at the Gatesville Elementary cafeteria.
Food service director, Gail Shelton, said that 150-200 bag meals a day are prepared and delivered. “They go out to the parks, pool, any camp we have on campus, any of the sports camps. We also take them to the Care Center three days a week and we also take care of WIC two to three days a week when they’re open,” said Shelton. She said they are also feeding the children at Trinity Baptist that are attending summer school and they will box up meals that are more “kid friendly” for that age group. “We also have the Boys & Girls Club come over here (to the Elementary cafeteria) and they eat somewhere between 75 to a 100 at breakfast and about 150 to 275 at lunch,” said Shelton.
“We have the Elementary Cafeteria that is open to the public so any parent that wants to bring a child 18 years or younger, whether they’re from this district or another it doesn’t matter, they can come here and get a hot meal,” said Shelton. “Everything is prepared on the Elementary campus and then we get it out to all the other campuses. Last year, everything was prepared at the Primary because of the Pandemic - we did two campuses. This year it is all here at the Elementary and that helps with labor,” said Shelton.
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