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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  • by Jerry Location: church picnic on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    My favorite part of the Bible is where Jesus tells hungry children to shut up and starve because of their parents' crappy decisions.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    There has not been a seed planted in the US to feed hungry people for 50 yrs. It's all for profit. We have evolved from feeding ourselves to being fed by others. Food could be cheap if it wasn't for the profit motive.
  • by Mark Washburn Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2011 at 11:27 AM
    How do we know they are hungry? The government said they are hungry. Jesus wants us as individuals to feed the hungry not the government. Most of the free meals are have eaten and throwed away. The same people crying about education funding claiming it is not enough money, no wonder, when you feed people for free. This program is another nanny government program. the Obama government wants to control you thru freebie programs and elevate government to God status so they cn replace God. GOOD LUCK! God only wants 10 % the liberal progressive messiah Obama wants it all. He is so worried about kids he voted for after birth abortion up to age five, when he was in the Illinois state legislature. Thank God the measure failed.
  • by Democratic Republican on Jun 13, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    Funny how those who bring religion into a discussion on "government help" so quickly forget that the separation of church and state. The "christians" among you should be arguing for allowing the churches to provide this assistance, instead of the government. But again you pick and chose based on what benefits yourselves the most. WWJD? He would ask God for advice…
  • by Conservative Location: Texoma on Jun 12, 2011 at 06:43 PM
    The Government should be in the business of defending the citizens against all threats to our right to PURSUE happiness and not in the business of charity. I am a Christian, CHANCE, and I give money at church and provide food for this type of giving. I do not want my government to use my tax money to feed the hungry, that is what UNICEF is for!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    WWJD? First, I think he would feed the kids. Next, he would visit the parents and tell them to be responsible for their kids. If they refused, I think Jesus would want the kids in a better, more loving home and the parents would be punished for refusing to do what they are morally supposed to do.
  • by chuck Location: denison on Jun 11, 2011 at 04:18 PM
    Chance: the comments, at least some of them do show a stark difference between the two parties. They do not indicate anything about Christians. JESUS feeds the hungry and loves even the lowest of sinners. All have sinned and He loves us all the same. You will be in our prayers.
  • by Be Helpful, Not Bitter Location: Sherman on Jun 11, 2011 at 02:45 AM
    Take care of those who need help. 26:12-13 ; "Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy." 15:11; "Love thy neighbor as thyself." 19:18; "Blessed is he that considereth the poor." 41:1; Help your neighbor, if you can. 3:28. The anger and vitriole are saddening. People are hungry, let's feed them.
  • by Catholic Republican on Jun 11, 2011 at 01:11 AM
    Kevin and Chance are the only two posters so far who show any kind of human ( Christian ) compassion! Who cares what/who the parents are?!?!?!?! If a child is hungry, we need to feed the child! WWJD!
  • by Kevin Location: Gainesville on Jun 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    WOW!...I have to agree with Chance here. Does it really matter if they are illegal immigrants or their parents are on welfare or not. That fact is, they are kids. And if any of these kids showed up at your church's doorstep, would they be turned away? (yes we know you go to church, because only right wing, bible thumping idiots would be against tax dollars feeding hungry kids). One of these days, step off your pedestals, and think WWJD is not just a logo on your bracelet to make other bible thumping idiots think your cool.
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