Nacogdoches, Tx (KETK) — Summer means that classrooms are empty, but the NISD school kitchesn know they cannot stop working.
For 20 years, district student nutrition department has worked each weekday to ensure that more than 1,400 students receive balanced meals.
The Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples honored NISD Student Nutrition's summer feeding program for its distinguished performance for 20 years of longevity and for maintaining the best practives in program management and outreach.
Through the TDA and the United States Department of Agriculture, the NISD program feeds children ages one to 18 at 28 sites across Nacogdoches.
This includes three schools, parks, apartment complexes, and mobile home parks.
While the children are gathered at the sites, other local organizations are finding ways to keep away the summer doldrums. The Nacogdoches Rotary Club plans to bring a summer literacy program to the sites, other groups offering activities include Love Inc and the Solid Foundation.
The program will begin on June 10 at the Boys and Girls Club, Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School, and Nacogdoches High School. The other 21 regulary sites will open on June 17, and include Pioneer, Pecan, Festival and Ritchie parks, Oakhill Plaza, Sandia Mobile Home Park, and Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship Church.
Another six sites based out of local churches are open for one week during a scheduled vacation bible school.
There are no stipulations on who eats the free summer meals.
For more information, call the student Nutrition office at 903-569-3125.