Six year old Kaitlyn sat at the table and happily munched on a cheeseburger, proud of herself.
Surrounded by three others a little older than her, Kaitlyn was the first to finish.
“I love these things,” Kaitlyn proclaimed as she held up her last bite.
Her table-mates may not have been so vocal about their food love but it was clear they were enjoying it as well.
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Each weekday this summer, through Aug. 8, Weatherford ISD’s Healthy Kids summer lunch program has been providing a free lunch to children 18 and under at several different locations. Healthy Kids is administered by the WISD Child Nutrition department in partnership with All Saints’ Anglican Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace First Presbyterian Church, North Side Baptist Church and Westwood Christian Fellowship.
Volunteers for Healthy Kids pick up the meals from Ikard Elementary and deliver them to the feeding sites. Volunteers may also sponsor fun activities, including reading programs. Children are encouraged to eat lunch at the location they visit but it isn’t required. They enjoy a variety of hot baked entrées – including taco sticks, pizza and sandwiches – along with fruits and vegetables. Funded through a Texas Department of Agriculture program, the meals are prepared by the school district and meet all federal and state nutrition guidelines.
At First United Methodist Church, one of the busier locations, volunteer and church member Karyn Roberts she thinks the program is great for everyone, not just those families with income restrictions.
“It’s a nightmare to try and feed your kids sometimes in the summer so this is a great way to get them fed and be inside,” she said.
Participating locations are First United Methodist Church, Ikard Elementary, Seguin Elementary, Tison Middle School, Travis Campus, Wright Elementary and Western Lake Estates. Meals are served at noon except at First United Methodist Church where lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.