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EATING HEALTHY

By adriana_acosta
June 20, 2012 at 1:20 a.m.

Boys and Girls Club members enjoy steak fingers for lunch on Wednesday. This is the first year the club takes part in the BCISD summer food program. A total of 150 club members get lunch and a snack.

Alejandra Aldaco loves steak fingers.

"They are really good," she said as she took a piece and ate it.

Seven-year-old Aldaco, along side her friends at the Boys and Girls Club of Matagorda County ate a free lunch as part of the Bay City Independent school district Summer Food Service Program.

The school district participates in the program every summer and provides free meals to all children without charge. This is offered to all children under 18 years old.

The summer food program is to ensure children in low-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to school lunch or breakfast.

This summer, the food service program is being offered at the Boys and Girls Club, Roberts Elementary and Holmes Elementary.

The summer program offers approximately 400 meals.

Mildred Hawkins, director of Bay City Independent School District Food services said they provide the free meals where summer school takes place.

"The children get served a lunch tray with meat, vegetables, milk and bread," she said.

This summer, the food program is offered at the Boys and Girls Club for the first time.

"Our kids are here all day long, indoors and outdoors and a good nutritious lunch is great," said David LeVassaur, Boys and Girls Club executive director.

LeVassaur said they appreciate the program being offered at the club.

"We appreciate that the school has offered this program to the club and the children in the area, this saves us money and improves the quality of nutrition we give the children," LeVassaur added.

LeVassaur said the summer program provides them with plates, napkins and plastic ware.

Hawkins said they want to offer summer meals in other locations in Bay City.

"We would love to offer this program in other sites," said Hawkins.

Anyone in the community that would like to be a part of summer program should contact her. BCISD Department of Food Services 979-245-0677.

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