Schools Get Ready to Serve Summer Meals

School districts across Texas are gearing up to begin providing students with free meals over the summer break. Spring Branch ISD opens some free-meal locations today, and Houston ISD starts providing meals next week.

According to regulations, if more than half of the students in a school district come from low-income families, then that school district must offer a summer food service.

Chris Kamradt oversees the meal programs for Spring Branch ISD.

“The educational process doesn’t end with the summertime. Kids need to have the opportunity to continue to learn over that timeframe and providing them with the meals will help them do that, help them have the energy they need to learn.”

No registration is required, and children don’t need to be enrolled in summer school.

They don’t even need to attend Spring Branch schools or live in the district.

“Anybody under the age of 18, 18 or under, can come and enjoy a breakfast or lunch at any one of the 17 sites we have here in Spring Branch.”

Kamradt expects the district will provide more than 125,000 meals this summer.

The program costs about $380,000 dollars.

Like other districts across the country, Spring Branch receives state and federal reimbursement for those costs.

Click here to search for the nearest summer nutrition site by address or zip code.


Spring Branch ISD free-meal locations


HISD free-meal locations


Florian Martin

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