By Jade Ortego
Killeen Daily Herald
About 15,000 children will be fed daily with the annual start of the Killeen Independent School District's participation in the federal Summer Food Service Program.
The program offers free breakfast and lunch to any child up to 18 years old. According to the KISD Web site, adults can also eat if they pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.
The program feeds children at 18 different schools and outlying sites, including Boys & Girls Clubs in Killeen and Gatesville, the YMCA, at mobile home parks and apartment complexes, day cares and Killeen Parks and Recreation.
Feeding sites at day cares and housing facilities are not open to the public.
The number of children comes from estimates of the number of children fed last year, said Libby Harris, KISD school nutrition office supervisor.
The Texas Department of Agriculture reimburses the school district for the meals and wages the employees are paid during the summer program.
School sites will continue to serve meals until July 1 at middle schools and July 2 at elementary schools, and until Aug. 14 at other sites.
Last year, the schools served meals through Aug. 22. The program ends earlier this year so schools have time to prepare for the next school year, Harris said.
"It became difficult for employees to shut down the feeding program and go to work the next day," she said.
Children don't have to prove a certain level of income or even be enrolled in KISD to participate, Harris said.
"I just want to make sure all kids have an opportunity to eat a nutritious meal," she said.
Menus can be found be visiting www.killeenisd.org/departments/ and selecting "School Nutrition" on the drop-down menu. Proof of age may be required for some children.
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