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Free meals for Arlington kids ease summer worry

THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Children enjoy lunches provided by the Brownsville Independent School District on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Olivera Park gymnasium in Brownsville, Texas. The local school district provides free lunches to any child under 18 who needs a meal, regardless of their status as a student with the school district.
Children enjoy lunches provided by the Brownsville Independent School District on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Olivera Park gymnasium in Brownsville, Texas. The local school district provides free lunches to any child under 18 who needs a meal, regardless of their status as a student with the school district. AP

When the final school bell rings, and students race toward summer break, some parents might start to worry where their kids can get their next nutritious meal.

During those long summer months, it might be hard for some families to get daily balanced meals, especially if they reside in a food desert.

Schools have helped ease that burden by providing free and reduced-cost lunches during school hours, and the schools might still continue to help during the summer, thanks to the Summer Food Service Program.

The federally funded program provides free lunches and breakfasts when school isn’t in session, and the Arlington school district is one of the newest participants in Tarrant County.

The nationwide program provides free breakfasts and lunches for all children under 18 at different schools across the district. The Fort Worth school district already participates along with other districts in the county.

Arlington will be providing lunches for the kids and some stress relief for the parents.

To see which schools participate visit www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

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