Keeping Amarillo kids from hunger this summer

Keeping Amarillo kids from hunger this summer

NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - As summer approaches, many kids look forward to 12 weeks of fun, while others are faced with 12 weeks of uncertainty, as to where their next meal will come from.

Which is why an organization that's been feeding hundreds of hungry children in 10 different school districts on the weekends, is now extending its' services during the break.

Snack Pak 4 Kids Director Dyron Howell says, "We still have kids who go without on the weekends during the summer. We have an incredible program with the city parks and they do a phenomenal job feeding kids, but they still have that challenge on the weekend. We have some places where kids don't have access to a city park program either."

Snack Pak 4 Kids is trying out a summer food program at two Amarillo elementary schools, Sanborn and Western Plateau.

But the kids who won't be attending these schools won't be going without either, thanks to the City of Amarillo's summer lunch program.

Susan Barros with the city says, "That's why this program is so important to continuing what kids are getting throughout the school year."

The city will provide meals at 23 summer school programs during the week.

Barros explains, "We always feed over 3,000 kids. Some of that is driven by how many children are enrolled in the summer programs for AISD."

For those not in school this summer, free lunch and fun activities are on hand at 17 city parks.

The program begins June 7th and meals will be offered first come, first serve that day. After that, you must register ahead of time by letting the park of your choice know the day before, your child will be coming to eat the next day.

The program is open to kids 5 to 18 years old. Those under 5 must have adult supervision.

Activities include crafts, sports, games, lunch, and splash pads.

Parks include Avondale, Benton, Bones Hooks, East, Eastridge, El Alamo, Forest Hill, Gene Howe, Glenwood, Hamlet, Lawndale, Memorial, Mesa Verde, San Jacinto, Southlawn, Sunrise, and Will Rogers.

Times vary from park to park, but most programs begin between 10 and 11 a.m. and all end at 5 p.m. Lunches are served between noon and 12:30 depending on the park.