Summer food program feed Nacogdoches kids

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) Each morning, central kitchen for the Nacogdoches schools bustles with activity. "We need to leave at least by ten minutes to eleven, so you can be there on time," reminds one kitchen worker to another. It takes a lot of preparation to deliver 1600 lunches and breakfast too at some locations.

"Children eat today corny dogs, carrots and chips," said one cook as she was loading up the day's lunches.

The food is taken to about 30 locations in Nacogdoches. Children gather at schools,parks, churches and neighborhoods.

"Pizza, corny dogs, chili cheese fries," are the favorites of one young girl waiting for a delivery. No pizza or chili cheese fries, but plenty of corn dogs. Just what these children need after a morning of summer tutoring.

"I've already had a few say, ' I'm hungry.' and ' when are we going to eat?' and all that stuff," said Tressena Jones, a volunteer tutor. "It is something that they do have on their mind."

Home alone kids also wake up wondering, "What should we eat for breakfast? What should we eat for lunch?," said Teresa Morales, NISD summer feeding program coordinator.

Convenience is a big factor for success of this program. That's why the school district delivers meals in parks, as well as in neighborhoods. "Convenient for them to come by, grab a sack, grab a bite and it all meets the USDA and TDA (federal and state guidelines) guideline," shared Robin Thacker, NISD Director of Student Nutrition.

And when lunch is over. It's back to work to start planning for the next day. The free lunch program continues until August 13th.

©2010 KTRE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.