The Socorro Independent School District will launch a free supper meal pilot program at six Team SISD campuses to benefit students ages 1-18 beginning Sept. 5 until the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
The program, which is part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, will be implemented at Mission Ridge Elementary School, Bill Sybert and Ernesto Serna Schools, Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle School and Eastlake and Socorro High Schools.
Currently, Team SISD provides free universal breakfast for all high school students, free breakfast in the classroom for all elementary and middle school students, free-lunch meals at seven campuses as part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) and a free after-school snack for WIN Academy students.
“We are very excited to launch this pilot program and turn an after-school snack into a ‘super snack,’ a full-on supper,” said Shelley Chenausky, SISD Director of Child Nutrition Services. “We are happy to support our students needs by providing them a third healthy meal and excited to open this service to the nearby community.”
The supper meal program will be offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday–Thursday at Eastlake and Socorro high schools. Bill Sybert, Ernesto Serna, Capt. Walter E. Clarke and Mission Ridge will offer supper meals from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
“It’s great to know parents can bring their children to our schools after school so they can get a healthy meal,” Chenausky said. “A lot of times some of these students will have to go long hours without eating, from lunch time to after practice. Now they can get a meal prior to going to practice or immediately after…we are excited about that!”
To receive a nutritious meal, children ages 1-18 simply show up, sign in and eat their food in the cafeteria.
Carry-out meals will not be allowed due to program regulations.