Hearne ISD kicks off summer meal program

100 meals were prepared Wednesday.
Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:02 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:56 PM CDT
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HEARNE, Texas (KBTX) - Hearne ISD is focusing once more on child nutrition while school’s out. Their grab and go summer meal program started up again this week to help underserved families.

All students receive lunch for free during the school year, an option for schools in low-income areas. The summertime is particularly challenging making sure kids receive regular and healthy meals.

For the first time, a handful of student workers are getting paid to help with the school district’s summer meal program.

“I wanted to be a student worker because I once was a kid who needed to get food from the schools,” said Makela Hartwell, a Hearne High School graduate who was Salutatorian for her school last month.

Wednesday morning the district made 100 meals. People can come by Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. until noon at the elementary school. They also delivered to neighborhoods in person. Children 18 and under are eligible and you don’t have to be a student of the district.

“We try to make sure that every child gets fed. No one goes without. We have different organizations who also reach out if they need food delivered. We offer to deliver it. The library’s offering food. We do everything we can possibly do so if anyone is in need,” said Rhonda Cloud, Hearne ISD Child Nutrition Director.

They partner with multiple organizations during the summer and school year including the Brazos Valley Food Bank and Network of Care, a local ministry alliance.

“Hearne is designated by USDA as being a food insecure area and that has a variety of meanings so it’s very important. I mean we’re just very intentional about child nutrition,” said Rev. Charlotte Love, with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, who is part of Network of Care.

Love said that weekend meal bags with the Brazos Valley Food Bank, meets gaps on Saturdays and Sundays.

“A few of our children this is the only food they receive so the school meal is the only food they’re going to have,” Love explained.

“Just to give back to the community so they can so they can be ok,” added Gabrielle Wilson, who just graduated from the high school last month.

If you need to know about summer meal programs you can contact Heather Murphy at the Brazos Valley Food Bank at (979) 779-3663. They also suggest contacting your local school district for resources.

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