Focus at Four: Feeding kids--and kids in need--over the summer

As the school year winds down, families are planning for a summer schedule. Without the assistance of the school cafeteria, meal time can become a concern.

Pediatric nurse and nutrition scientist from the Texas A&M College of Nursing Alison Pittman joined First News at Four to discuss why feeding your children the right foods should also be a priority. Pittman says vegetables, some fruit, and lean proteins will help fuel your child's summer play.

For families in need, the Brazos Valley Food Bank provides assistance. Shannon Avila, programs manager at BVFB, says that means an increased need for food donations over the summer.
Avila explains that the Food Bank is launching a new program this summer called "Kids Cafe," which seeks to bring fun and food to children, with a focus on rural areas. In fact, BVFB is currently looking for locations around the Brazos Valley to host these programs, particularly "places where children tend to congregate."

For families in need in Bryan and College Station, the school districts provide some help. Details are listed below.

- Bryan ISD has a Summer Food Service Program (breakfast and lunch at select schools). Call (979) 209-7052.
· College Station ISD has a Summer Nutrition Program (breakfast and lunch at select schools). Call (979)764-5400.

Furthermore, the nutrition educator at BVFB, Annie Williams, joined First News at Four to show off a couple of easy and inexpensive recipes you can whip up for your kids over the summer. For those full recipes for the veggie face and fruit salad, see the attached recipe cards.

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