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Summer family nutrition program available

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
June 9, 2010 at 1:09 a.m.

Eligible families with children 18 or younger could receive up to 50 pounds of food once a month during the next four months. For more information, call the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent at 361-578-0591.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent is offering a summer family nutrition program.

Eligible families will receive monthly assistance of up to 50 pounds of food, as well as nutrition education materials once a month for four months.

To be eligible for the program, families must have at least one child 18 years old or younger, make less than the federal poverty line and be in need of assistance.

The program targets families with children who are struggling in the recession and are having difficulty putting enough nutritious food on the table, according to a news release from the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.

Families must pre-qualify through their local agency before receiving the assistance, said Dennis Brown, food bank executive director.

The program provides healthy food to families when school is out and children do not have access to nutritionally-regulated school meals.

Those who qualify for food stamps, free or reduced school lunches, receive Medicaid or other federal benefits may also qualify for this program.

One in five Texas children is medically obese, and one in five Texas children live in a household facing hunger. Texas ranks number one in child hunger nationally, according to the news release.

The local food bank is partnering with the Texas Food Bank Network to offer the program made possible by funding from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.



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