SA Youth and Texas Hunger Initiative To Kick Off Summer Meals Program for Kids Free Summer Meals Will be Served at More Than 250 Sites in San Antonio

(SAN ANTONIO, Tx) – Youth development organization SA Youth will partner with Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative, a statewide nonprofit, to host a kickoff of a free summer meals program for kids and teens in the area. The kickoff will be a community-wide event at SA Youth’s Poplar Street location at 1215 West Poplar Street from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will help connect more area kids and teens to health and nutrition resources by raising awareness about the Summer Food Service Program; highlight the fitness, nutrition, and education programs of SA Youth; and give the community more insight into the work of the Texas Hunger Initiative.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to all kids and teens ages 18 and younger at more than 250 sites – including schools, churches, recreation centers, YMCAs, and more – across San Antonio all summer long. However, only about 10 percent of children in San Antonio who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year participated in the free Summer Meals program last year. This The kickoff event at SA Youth will help raise public awareness about the summer meals program. It will also The highlight the strong local leadership of SA Youth and the Texas Hunger Initiative.

 

Although SA Youth’s programs are only open to students from certain schools around their centers, they are nonetheless playing an important role in ending childhood hunger in San Antonio. Serving as a major sponsor of summer meals in San Antonio, SA Youth’s programs attract more than 100 children per day at each of their 36 sites around the city. Their model serves as an example of what great summer nutrition programs can look like in San Antonio.

 

Summertime should be a stress-free time for parents and kids, full of food, friends and fun. Free Summer Meals can help. Families can visit www.summerfood.org, call 211, or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find the nearest meal site.

 

Who: SA Youth and Texas Hunger Initiative

 

What: Community-wide block party to promote the free summer meals program and other summer youth programs available in San Antonio

 

Where: SA Youth

1215 W. Poplar Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

 

When: Monday, June 8, 2015

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Other: Prior to lunch, kids will enjoy outdoor activities including an inflated bounce house, carnival games and fun on the playground. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria, followed by an exercise done by SA Youth’s new health/ nutrition mascot Super Fitty. After this, there will be hour-long lessons in origami, math, English, and science, demonstrating key summer educational programming offered by SA Youth.

 

 

About SA Youth

SA Youth develops the character, strengths, talents and skills of San Antonio’s high-risk urban youth through fun, safe experiences, positive learning environments, and holistic programs that inspire each individual to fulfill their potential personally and in the community. In 2014, SA Youth celebrated 30 years of promoting the positive development of poor urban youth living in pockets of poverty and at the risk of dropping out of school. SA Youth’s primary mission is to capitalize on the strengths, talents, and skills of inner-city youth so that they achieve their full potential in life. To fulfill this mission, the organization offers a variety of quality programs and services throughout San Antonio.

 

About Texas Hunger Initiative

Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) is a capacity-building, collaborative project, which develops and implements strategies to end hunger through research, policy, education, community engagement and community development. THI works to make the state food secure by ensuring that every individual has access to three healthy meals a day, seven days a week. THI convenes federal, state and local government stakeholders with nonprofits, faith communities and business leaders to create an efficient system of accountability that increases food security in Texas and beyond. Headquartered at Baylor University, THI has 12 regional offices located in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, McAllen, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco. At THI, Summer Meals program evaluation and outreach is funded by the Walmart Foundation.

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