School districts offer free & discounted meals to Texoma kids

By: Jennifer Sanders Email
By: Jennifer Sanders Email

Grayson County, Texas -- Texas ranks first in the nation for children who don't have food after school hours and during the summer, but local districts hope to improve that ranking with their free lunch program.

Its something we hear about everyday -- kids going to bed without a hot meal and in these tough economic times -- that misfortune is hitting closer and closer to home.

"Some kids they mostly eat when their at school, so when they go home during the summer they don't have a lot,"said Sina Couch, Denison ISD.

Couch is a first grade teacher in Denison. Many of the students she works with are from lower-income families who struggle everyday to put food on the table-- its something that's becoming a growing epidemic around Texoma --

"I do hear from our principals and counselors that the only meals that are received are in the schools and so when schools out their not getting fed,"said Denison ISD Food Service Director Debbie Hosford.

And that's why this summer -- Denison ISD is making changes to its free summer meal program to reach more families around Texoma.

"The government is asking us to expand our programs and we had already planned to do that to give more outreach to the students -- in addition to Mayes and Golden Rule Elementary, we've opened Terrell Elementary and Lamar Elementary,"said Hosford.

Starting June 9-August 5 -- the district will offer free breakfast and lunch to all kids up to the age of 18. They will offer $2 breakfast for adults and $3.50 lunches for adults.
The program doesn't just benefit students and their families -- it also brings an economic boost to the Denison community --

"This helps our staff because when summer ends they have no additional income coming in, so it also provides additional jobs for the community and that's a good thing,"said Hosford.

Denison ISD free and discounted meal schedule (no fee or registration required):
Golden Rule Elementary, 811 W Florence St
Mayes Elementary 201 Jennie Lane
Lamar Elementary 1000 South Fifth
Terrell Elementary 230 West MLK Street
Breakfast 7:45am-8:45am
Lunch 11 am-12:45pm
Monday - Friday June 09-Aug 5, 2011
For more info call: 903-462-7005

Bonham ISD information:

BISD will be providing lunch at no charge (FREE) to all kids age 18 and younger. Adults can eat for $3.95. The summer lunch program will run from June 6 to June 30.
Lunches at no charge (FREE) to ALL kids age 18 and younger
Adults can eat for just $3.25
Finley Oates Elementary - Monday - Friday
June 6 - June 30
L.H. Rather Jr. High School - Monday - Friday
June 6 - July 29
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Parking Lot beside Calvary Baptist Church
Monday - Friday, June 6 - July 29
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Phyllis Kinnaird, Director of Food Service, Bonham ISD,
903-640-5713 or email

Summer Food Programs in Sherman and Denison for Kids 18 & Younger:
When: June throughout July
• Sherman: Sherman High School, Piner Middle School, Sory Elementary,
Fred Douglass, Western Heights Church of Christ, Neblett Elementary
• Mayes Elementary, Golden Rule Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Terell
Elementary, Boys & Girls Club of Denison
Who: Sherman Independent School District, Denison Independent School
District, Western Heights Church of Christ
Why: Providing Nutritional Meals for Kids
For Details on Times and Questions Contact the United Way of Grayson County Office at 903-893-1920

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