Congressman Lloyd Doggett visited with children at the Boys & Girls Club in South Austin on Tuesday to view CAFB’s Summer Food Service Program in action, and learn about the program’s impact in the community. The Summer Food Service Program is one of several child nutrition programs up for renewal this year as part of the Child Nutrition Re-authorization.
During the visit, Representative Doggett helped to distribute lunches to the children, and spoke with them about the program. “I grew up in Austin and went to elementary school here…I think having a great, safe place for [children] to enjoy the summer like the Boys and Girls Club is important,” the Congressman said. “It’s good to see them here, having a good time in the summer, getting the nutrition they need with school just around the corner.”
The Food Bank opened 22 Summer Food Service Program sites in neighborhoods where most children receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year. An average of almost 600 meals a day were served to children at risk of hunger in June and July.
“Most of our kids do not have the resources to have lunch each day, and it makes the day go so much better at the club,” said Brian Beaulieu, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. “Not worrying about lunch makes the 10-hour day go a lot smoother. Thanks to a program like this, we can be sure we’re feeding our kids a healthy meal each day.”
Click here to learn about the Summer Food Service Program and to find a participating location near you. Help support Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation by sending a letter to your congressional leaders.