Handful of Texoma schools offer free meals in summer months

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - School is out for summer, but Denison ISD's doors are still open to any kid who needs a meal this summer.

"When school is out and the kids don't have anything at home necessarily to eat or they may be latch key kids or something, we take something to them," said Denison ISD Food Service Director, Debbie Hosford.

The summer meal program is offered at a few DISD locations five days a week for breakfast and lunch. We're told last year, the program served close to ten-thousand meals.

"We always serve fresh fruit and vegetable as well as either a hot or cold sandwich," said Denison ISD Chef Mandy Stephens. "If you do go to the on-site schools you can find more of a home cooked meal type situation rather than a sack."

We're told this program not only benefits kids, but adults can also buy breakfast and lunch meals at a discounted price. But hungry tummies don't have to go to a school to pick up a meal. If kids don't have transportation, a school bus, like this one, delivers meals around Denison. Waiting about 20 minutes at each location before the bus takes off for the next stop.

"Already ready to go meal in a bag and ready to send off," Stephens said.

Sherman ISD and Ardmore City Schools also say they provide free summer meals to kids. Denison ISD workers said the summer meal program is federally funded and has been going on for the past 20 years. Workers said they can't imagine the summer months without the program.

"There are certain kids that get one meal a day and this helps supplement that meal," Hosford said.

During the school year, 68 percent of DISD students take part in the free or reduced price lunch program.

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