SCHOOLS EMPHASIZE HEALTHY KIDS SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
May 29, 2014
The Healthy Kids summer lunch program was in the spotlight during Granbury ISD elementary school assemblies with Nancy Burks Worcester and Larry the Crocodile. The summer-long program kicks off on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Free lunches will be available to all area children 18 years old and younger. “To eat, just show up,” said organizer Micky Shearon, who serves as president of sponsoring organization Operation School Supplies.
Worcester and Larry have served as spokespersons for the program since it was founded in 2007. The pair also makes surprise appearances at lunch sites during the summer.
Healthy Kids is a collaboration between community volunteers and the GISD child nutrition department. Local church volunteers pick up the meals at a central location and deliver them to the feeding sites. Many volunteers also sponsor fun activities, including reading programs and contests.
Over the course of the summer, children will enjoy a variety of hot baked entrées – including burritos, pizza, and sandwiches – along with fruits and vegetables. Funded through a Texas Department of Agriculture program, the meals are prepared by the school district and meet all federal and state nutrition guidelines. Last year, over 27,000 meals were served.
Participating locations are in neighborhoods Arrowhead Shores, Brazos River Acres, Canyon Creek, Comanche Harbor, Indian Harbor, Lake Granbury Harbor, Montego Bay, Oak Trail Shores, Rancho Brazos, Sandy Beach, Sky Harbor, and Whippoorwill Bay. Meals will also be served at City Beach, in the Granbury City Park, and at Ruth’s Place behind Kroger’s grocery store.