Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? The Seguin ISD is serving up free meals this summer in Park West, and at other locations around town. The service is open to any child, and there's no qualifying for the service.
(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD is serving up a new expanded version of its breakfast and lunch Summer Food Program now underway at a school or site near you. This includes lunch at Seguin's Park West.
Jacob Galvan, the assistant director for the Seguin ISD Food Service Department, says not only will there be new menu options but the program is being extended through August for some of the selected locations. In the past, the program has mainly operated throughout the month of June.
"The main thing is in June, we are offering it Monday through Friday instead of the years past, we would only do Monday through Thursday. We will resume that Monday through Thursday schedule starting in July and we will also be offering some kind of summer food up until the day school starts for the 2018-2019 school year so up until Aug. 22, there will be some kind of site that has free meals available," said Galvan.
In order to ensure these nutritious meals to local children ages 1 to 18-years-old, the Seguin ISD in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is providing meals at nine locations this summer free of charge. Adults are also invited and will be charged $2.25 for breakfast and $3.60 for lunch. Galvan says the program ensures that no kids go hungry.
"That's a fantastic opportunity for the kids and the community to be able to have access to free meals and that's one of the big reasons why we picked Park West for a site that runs up until August because we know that area is a little economically disadvantaged and we want to be able to get the word out and get meals available to these kids who may not always have access to a healthy and nutritious meal. We are trying to do as much as we can to make sure that the community and Seguin is well nourished and fed all throughout the summer," said Galvan.
Galvan says the best part of it all is that there is no sign-up or registration required.
"Anybody who is not so sure if it’s for them or not -- I mean Park West is again a huge example of what we are trying to do to bring quality to the summer program especially because we are offering hot dogs and burgers off the grills. We are actually offering Panini’s – high quality of food -- that can be accessible to all people and it's not something that should be thought of as less than or not as good as. I mean this is available to everyone no matter your income. We not only want to reach the people that are in poverty but we also want to create a sense of community. So we hope that these sites especially Park West can be sites where everyone can come and bring their kids," said Galvan.
Monday through Friday serving locations include Seguin High School from 7:55 to 10:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. for lunch and Weinert Elementary School from 7:40 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. for breakfast and 10:55 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. for lunch. Only the SHS campus will offer meals on Friday both in June and Aug. No Friday meals will be offered at the campus in July.
Other campuses offering both breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays include Teatro De Artes with breakfast from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and Vogel, Rodriguez and Patlan Elementary Schools with breakfast only from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will also be served Mondays through Wednesdays at the Saegert gym from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Kids are also invited over to eat free breakfast at the Seguin Coliseum Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m.
As a tribute to community partnership, the Seguin ISD Food Service Department is thanking the city of Seguin Parks Office for allowing it to provide the summer meal service at the park’s concession stand.
To help find a meal near you, the Texas Department of Agriculture is encouraging families to call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877. They may also search the complete list at summerfood.org. The schedule is also available at seguintoday.com and on the KWED Facebook page.