By Rebecca LaFlure

Killeen Daily Herald

The summer months can be difficult for parents who struggle to put food on the table. The Killeen Independent School District wants to ensure that no child goes hungry through its annual Summer Servings program.

KISD began dishing out free meals last week to children up to 18 years old.

The program, held at campuses across KISD, offers breakfasts and lunches every weekday throughout the summer, and will continue until Aug. 13.

Steve Murphy, KISD's director for school nutrition, said the program was started eight years ago and serves about 10,000 meals a day.

"It's hard time to make it in this economy, but at least the children will be able to eat two good meals a day," Murphy said.

Summer Servings is part of the federal Summer Food Service Program aimed at ensuring children continue to eat well-balanced, nutritious meals during the summer. The Texas Department of Agriculture reimburses the district for each meal.

In addition to serving students in KISD, the program provides food for area organizations such as the YMCA, Fort Hood Youth Activities, the Boys & Girls Club and day care centers.

A child does not have to prove a certain level of income or be enrolled in KISD to participate. Adults are also welcome to eat with their children, but must pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.

For information on specific times, locations and menu items, call the KISD school nutrition office at (254) 336-0775.

The Copperas Cove Independent School District is also hosting a summer food service program. For more information and to view the menus, go to and click on the child nutrition department.

Contact Rebecca LaFlure at or (254) 501-7548. Follow her on Twitter at KDHeducation.

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