State sponsored program provides meals for students

As the school year comes to a close, plans are underway to assure that meals do not end when the school doors close. Brady Independent School District will again be sponsoring the USDA Summer Food Service Program which will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children ages one to 18. These meals will provide the same nutrition children receive throughout the school year with the National School Lunch Program. The summer meals will be available for all children in McCulloch County, regardless of income. Available at Brady Elementary, breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Since there will be only one serving location this year, the Brady Housing Authority and St. James Baptist Church will be the two designated pick-up sites. Students will be picked up and returned to these locations after mealtime. Pick-up times are 11:15 a.m. at the Brady Housing Authority and 11:30 at St. James Baptist Church. Children will be returned to these locations at 12 noon with the first drop-off scheduled for St. James Baptist Church followed by the Brady Housing Authority. The summer food program will run from June 4 to June 29. “Children do not have to sign up for meals,” said Liz Peel, food service supervisor for BISD. “They simply come to the site.” Mrs. Peel also stated that the regulations require that all meals be eaten at the site and cannot be picked up and taken home. “We chose to participate in the Summer Food Service Program this year because we felt that there are many children who may go hungry during the summer months when they don’t have access to school meals,” said Elaine Reinhard, Director of Child Nutrition at Brady ISD. “We felt that the program was successful in the past and we hope that it is a bigger success now that people know more about it.” BISD Supt. Max Gordon and the Board of Trustees also promoted the importance of the program and how the program was successful during the previous years. “It is important for the community to know that this is a federally-funded program and that no local money is used for the program,” said Mrs. Reinhard. “These federal funds can only be used for summer feeding program meals and the meals are for all children. In addition, it provides part-time jobs for the local food service staff.” People who are eligible (ages one to 18) to participate in the program must not be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or political belief. Discrimination complaints based on religion or political beliefs must be referred only to the Director, Civil Rights, Texas Department of Human Services. For additional information about the program, contact the Brady ISD Food Service Department at (915) 597-2959. See the first week’s summer menu in Friday’s Brady Standard-Herald.

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