NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Children from toddlers to teenagers gather in the front yard of Teresa Garcia's home for an outdoor picnic. She lives in a mobile home park where numerous children live and play. She's one of several volunteers who opened up her property for NISD's Summer Feeding Program. "I saw a lot of kids were outside during the whole summer and some their moms work and their dads work and they don't have nobody to give them food, so that's why I decided to do that," explained Garcia, a stay at home mom.
The Texas Department of Agriculture recognizes the summer time problem. When school is out, some children do not eat a nourishing meal. The agency provides funds for meals. Local agencies administer the program. It's underway in Nacogdoches thanks to the Nacogdoches Independent School District. This year there are 28 feeding sites serving breakfast and lunch. Meals are delivered to schools, parks, churches and neighborhood residences. One home had as many as 75 children on the first day.
Summer feeding coordinator Teresa morales is pleased with the generosity she's receiving. She's expecting to feed 1700 youngsters breakfast and 2200 hundred kids lunch by the end of the week. "Yeah, I'm the one usually trying to get out there and open up new sites, but they were the ones calling me," said Morales as children munched on apples and burgers. "Neighbors were willing to help in buying the tarps and something we can put up so the kids can stay out and eat," explained Morales.