Summer food

A snack being served for the Summer Food Program at Park West on Monday.

During the regular school year, local school districts prepare and serve up meals to ensure that children get the proper nutrients they need to grow and stay healthy.

For some families having a meal — warm or cold — is a struggle.

Through no fault of their own, circumstances happen and money becomes tight.

Which is where the state and federal government step in.

They offer cash-strapped parents the option to apply for free or reduced lunches.

This helps. Children are able to go into the classroom with a full belly, not having to worry about when or where their next meal is going to be.

But that is during the school year. What happens during the summer? That’s where the U.S. Department of Agriculture steps in. The USDA offers a Summer Food Service Program that helps put food on the plates of children and adults during breakfast and lunch.

Seguin ISD is taking advantage of that program by offering the Summer Food Service Program. Children can visit one of eight locations and get a free meal. Adults can eat too, but their meal ranges between $2.25 to $3.60.

“Hunger doesn’t stop when the school year ends...” Seguin ISD Director of Child Nutrition Jacob Galvan said.

Which is why programs like this, and organizations like the Christian Cupboard, Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry and the San Antonio Food Bank’s programs are important.

No one deserves to go hungry.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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