The first of what could become thousands of meals were served Monday to children in Nacogdoches.
School lunch programs began, with one of the biggest handled by Davis Memorial Church.
The church is in its third year of providing year round transportation, tutoring, and lunches to children.
Congressman Louie Gohmert, Mayor Roger Van Horn and County Judge Mike Perry were some of the dignitaries at a kickoff event.
"Today we're expecting 300 kids, but over the last summer we served 7,000 children last summer, so we're expecting to go over that mark," said Pastor A.L. Shaw. "Matter of fact, Jeremy Everitt with Texas Hunger Initiative has given us the challenge to match that this year."
The Texas Department of Agriculture through the USDA provides the funding to support summer feeding programs. Staff and volunteers serve the meals.