Nyala Jones

Nyala Jones, age 3, gets her free lunch to eat in the cafe bus Tuesday at Fair Park. Free meals are available Monday - Thursday at Fair Park. 


HISD Child Nutrition offers free meals at three locations

With summer officially here there are some students who still worry about getting a hot meal for lunch this year. 

Henderson ISD is once again offering summer meals to any child under the age of 18 so those students don’t have to worry.

This year’s theme for the summer feeding team is “School ends..Hunger begins!” and they are ready to serve any child a nutritious lunch. 

The team has arranged meals that change daily and range from corn dogs, crispitos, pizza, chicken sandwiches, cheesy bites and much more. 

There are many different locations for students to get their meals, including Fair Park, Henderson Middle School and the Boys & Girls Club of Rusk County. 

A hot lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-noon at HMS, 11:15 a.m.-noon at Fair Park and noon-1 p.m. at B&GC. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8 a.m. at HMS and 8-9 a.m. at B&GC. The bus will be parked at Fair Park Monday - Thursday until July 2. 

This is the first year for HISD to expand to feeding the students at B&GC. Approximately 80 students a day are fed at just that location. 

Between the three locations the department fed approximately 2,200 meals last week for breakfast and lunch. 

“Henderson ISD has been providing summer meals at Fair Park for five years,” Tanya Davis, director of HISD Child Nutrition said. “HISD has always offered summer meals at the summer school location for students; however, we wanted to expand and offer better availability to students that needed lunch during the summertime. The district donated a bus to child nutrition, and we converted it into a “cafe” on wheels. Meals during summer feeding must be consumed on site, so we wanted someplace cool for students to enjoy their meal.”

The bus is equipped with tables, seats for students and parents to eat along with a holding area that keeps the food hot or cold. 

Meals are available to parents for purchase while the children’s meals are free.  

The summer feeding program is operated under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Funding is provided by USDA and regulated by Texas Department of Agriculture.

Parents or students wanting to know what is being served each day are welcome to follow the HISD Child Nutrition on Facebook to see what will be served each day.

“We would love for people to stop by and enjoy a hot meal with us,” Davis said.

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