Amarillo, TX - The City of Amarillo is extending their summer lunch program by two weeks.
The City of Amarillo partnered with the Parks and Recreation Department to work together to extend their summer lunch program until August 22nd and to continue this trend for the following summers. The goal is to make sure every child eats at least one healthy meal a day and to get them involved in more activities.
Community Development Administrator James Allen says within the last few years, there has been an increase in awareness for child hunger.
"In the school district the free lunch program has grown steadily in the last few years, throughout the city our low to moderate income neighborhoods have increased in size as far as the number of people living there. So yes, the need is there to feed kids," says Allen.
The US Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program is providing funding for these meals and snacks.
The program helps children in low and moderate income areas get the nutrition they need while they are out of school.
The city says it's about a 10 week program taking place right after school ends to the Friday before school begins.
Lunch is from Monday- Friday from 11 a.m. til 1 p.m.
Here are the 17 participating park sites:
-Jan Jacinto Park
-Bones Hooks Park
-Mesa Verde Park
-Will Rogers Park
-Gene Howe Park
-Forrest Hill Park
-El Alamo Park
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