Between June 10 and Aug. 8, more than 100 volunteers from 9 local churches will give of their summers to ensure that any child 18 years old and younger will have the opportunity to receive free lunches from noon until 1 p.m. at two Summer Food Program sites found at the Belaire Manor Apartments located at 1501 East Young Street and at the intersection of Tammy Lynn and Clyde streets. The program anticipates serving more than 80 children each day.
The Summer Food Program serves children in low-income communities who participate in free and reduced feeding programs during the school year. Since these programs are only available during the school year, the Summer Food Program helps fill that hunger gap ensuring that children continue to receive nutritious meals throughout the summer.
“At Buckner we exist to serve vulnerable children and families,” said Jane Ann Crowson, program director for Buckner Family Hope Center in East Texas. “Hungry children are some of the most vulnerable and we are grateful to be able to meet that basic need as well as build relationships with the entire family. The summer feeding program opens doors that will help us engage with individuals and strengthen families.”
According to a statistic provided by the East Texas Food Bank, one in four East Texas children are at-risk of hunger. Buckner and the East Texas Food Bank are not only providing these children with meals throughout the summer, but also hosting nutrition and parenting classes at both feeding program locations.
Buckner has been serving vulnerable children and families in Northeast Texas since 1992. Last year Buckner served more than 9,993 people through foster and adopt programs, after school programs, parenting education training, Jobs for Life, Ninos de Promesa, and the Community Transformation Center. Buckner is also home to more than 282 elders at Westminster Place, a senior living community that provides a continuum of care which includes independent living, assisted living, and advanced memory care.
To learn more about Buckner Children and Family Services in Longview, please visit http://www.buckner.org/our-work/longview-tyler/.
About Buckner Children and Family Services:
For more than 135 years, Buckner Children and Family Services has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving people each year in the United States and worldwide.
About East Texas Food Bank:
The East Texas Food Bank provided more than 17 million meals each year to 200 partner agencies in 26 East Texas counties. Our vision is for a hunger-free East Texas and our mission is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. The East Texas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and the Texas Food Bank Network. To learn more, please visit EastTexasFoodBank.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/etfoodbank or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/etfoodbank.