With school out for the summer, area organizations are hungry to help ensure families and children have meals to eat.

The Harker Heights Food Center usually averages 60 to 70 families a week, president Linda Dawson said.

Yet during the summer, the influx reaches 90 to 100 families, she said.

“We usually see an increase in donations during the holidays, but sometimes the need is forgotten about by the time summer comes around,” Dawson said.

Donations can be made between 8 a.m. and noon Saturdays at the center, 100 E. Ruby Road inside First Baptist Church.

Some families come in only during the summer because children are no longer receiving two meals through the National School Lunch Program, she said.

However, schools continue to offer the meals for children ages 1 to 18, school officials said.

Steve Murphy, Killeen Independent School District’s child nutrition director, said the Summer Serving Program is required of districts with more than 60 percent of its students on the national free and reduced school lunch program.

“We’re open to children in neighborhoods near the site who line up with our summer school students,” Murphy said.

Killeen ISD is in its 10th year of participation. Breakfast and lunch is served at school sites and partner sites such as area Boys & Girls Clubs or apartment complexes, Murphy said.

Meals served are in compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines, and there are a variety of daily menu options, he said.

“We’re glad to take care of the children in Killeen and Harker Heights.”

Killeen ISD will serve breakfast from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Aug. 15 at the Harker Heights YMCA. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:40 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at Nolanville YMCA.

Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Aug. 15 at Big Oaks Estates in Harker Heights.

Contact Rachael Riley at rriley@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7553

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