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One More Summer, Houston Food Bank Will Deliver Thousands Of Meals To Children

This year, their Summer Food Service Program will operate more than 200 sites

The Houston Food Bank held an event on June 5, 2018, to promote its annual Summer Food Service Program, which will feed eligible children and will cover Harris County and 11 more counties located in southeast Texas.

The Houston Food Bank will serve thousands of meals in the coming weeks to children who qualify for its Summer Food Service Program, which is funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

The Houston Food Bank held an event Tuesday to kick off the 2018 edition of the program, which will have more than 200 sites where food and meals will be distributed and will cover 12 counties located in southeast Texas, including Harris County.

Tuesday’s event was meant to provide information to the public about the sites that will be operating this summer because, according to the TDA, only 12 percent of eligible students participate in summer feeding programs such as the one conducted by the Houston Food Bank, as well as other programs managed by some school districts.

Stephanie Berno, director of Outreach Services at the Houston Food Bank, noted the program combines hot meals that are ready to eat and breakfast items such as milk and cereal, along with snacks and fruit.

“We have 22 trucks delivering meals,” Berno explained.

Some of the distribution sites that are participating this year in the program are the Harris County public libraries and many of the public libraries managed by the City of Houston.

Additionally, as part of this year’s program and through their foundation, the Houston Astros have provided funding for a van that will deliver meals at apartment complexes located in Pasadena starting around mid-June. A food truck will also deliver meals in apartment complexes located in Baytown, also starting around the middle of the month.

The program will be implemented through late August.

You can find information about distribution sites on the Houston Food Bank’s website, specifically in this section.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all varieties of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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