Summer Food Program starts
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Courtesy Photo / Joni Elms<br>
THESE CHILDREN  are going through the line at the elementary school cafeteria at the Gilmer School Summer Food Program. The program is providing free breakfast and lunch to all students under 18, whether they live in Gilmer or not. There are various locations around and outside Gilmer where the program is going on.
Courtesy Photo / Joni Elms
THESE CHILDREN are going through the line at the elementary school cafeteria at the Gilmer School Summer Food Program. The program is providing free breakfast and lunch to all students under 18, whether they live in Gilmer or not. There are various locations around and outside Gilmer where the program is going on.
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The Gilmer ISD Food Service Dept. Summer Food Program is underway. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of one and 18 years.

This year, there are several different locations where the program is offered.

Anyone over 18 years of age may pay a minimal price for a meal.

The program is sponsored by the Texas Dept. of Agriculture and begins June 5 and continues until Aug. 2, every Monday through Friday, during designated hours, except July 4 and July 5.

All sites are open to the public.

“This program is for anyone,” said Roberta Jones, GISD Food Service Director. “You don’t need to be a Gilmer ISD student; you don’t even have to be from Gilmer. It doesn’t matter if you are the richest or poorest kid in town, we will feed anyone.”

Our menus meet the state requirements for healthy meals,” she said.

The menu is posted at each location and on the Gilmer ISD website.

Meals include a variety of food; from sausage and biscuits or pancakes for breakfast, to pizza or chicken nuggets for lunch.

The goal of the program is to serve as many students are possible.

“Having a food option for breakfast and lunch can simplify things in the summer,” Ms. Jones said. “It makes meal planning easy for both the parents and their children.”

Sites and times include:

Gilmer High School Cafeteria through July 26, breakfast hours are 7:15 until 8:30 a.m. and lunch hours are 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Gilmer Elementary School Cafeteria through July 25, (Monday through Thursday only) breakfast hours are 7:30 until 8:30 a.m. and lunch hours are 11 a.m. until noon.

Yamboree Fairgrounds, through July 19, breakfast hours are 8 until 8:45 a.m. and lunch hours are 11 until 11:45 a.m.

First United Methodist Church, June 24 through June 28, lunch hours are noon until 12:30 p.m.

Community Connections through Aug. 2 (located at 501 Pine Tree Rd. Longview), lunch hours are 10:45 until 11:30 a.m.

Bethlehem Baptist Church through June 14 (located at 7665 Cat Rd. Gilmer), supper hours are 7 until 7:30 p.m.

Gilmer Housing Authority through July 19, lunch hours are 11 until 11:30 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Gilmer through July 26, lunch hours are 12:30 until 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Roberta Jones at 903-841-7422.
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