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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER TO OBSERVE GISD SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM IN ACTION
June 30, 2010
A top official from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will be in Granbury on July 15, 2010, to observe the success of the Healthy Kids summer lunch program.
Angela Olige, the assistant commissioner for the department’s food and nutrition programs, will view the program in action as volunteers provide free lunches to area children 18 years old and younger at participating locations throughout the community.
The site visit was recommended by Ron Harvey, an agency monitor who was recently in Granbury to audit the program. “I had the opportunity to witness great teamwork with the volunteers of the community and the Granbury employees in preparing hot meals to be delivered to their 18 sites,” Harvey said.
In particular, Harvey was impressed with the Ruth’s Place site in Oak Trail Shores. The community organization is sponsoring daily activities and holding educational programs for children. “This is truly a great example of Texans Bring It,” he remarked in reference to a TDA initiative encouraging education, exercise, and eating right.
Healthy Kids began in 2007 as a collaboration between community volunteers and the Granbury ISD child nutrition department. Local church volunteers pick up the meals at the Granbury Middle School cafeteria and deliver them to the feeding sites. Many volunteers also sponsor reading programs and other activities.
Children are enjoying a variety of hot baked entrees, including burritos, pizza, sandwiches, and turkey chili. The hot meals proved to be a hit last summer, when the program served over 30,000 meals.
Funded through TDA’s Seamless Summer program, the meals are prepared by the school district and meet all federal and state nutrition guidelines. The state agency originally provided $40,000 for the district to purchase additional fruits and vegetables to serve to the children, according to GISD child nutrition director Alicia Hernandez. TDA recently allocated an additional $7,000 for produce items.
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 are also served at City Beach and in the Granbury City Park. A complete list of locations and times is available on the GISD website at www.granburyisd.org/healthykids.
As the assistant commissioner for food and nutrition, Olige is responsible for business operations, nutrition education and outreach, program compliance, and oversight of administrative and operational budgets. She previously worked for school systems in LaMarque, Houston, and Las Vegas, Nevada.