ANGLETON — Hankering for tuna salad and some crackers, a hungry group of children eagerly stood in line, waiting to get a free meal as part of Angleton ISD’s Fueled for the Summer nutrition program.
School might be out, but Angleton ISD is still keeping its buses operational as children in seven Angleton neighborhoods are being treated to free lunches this summer via the school district program.
This summer marks the second year the district has taken its summer lunch program on the road, district spokeswoman Brittany Blanchard said.
The buses deliver 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday to Medical Meadows Mobile Home Park, Lexington Square Apartments, Westport Apartments, Holiday Lakes, Angleton Mobile Home Community, Bald Prairie/Prairie Lea Community and Missionary Baptist Church.
Anyone age 18 and under is welcome to the food, even if they are not Angleton ISD students, Blanchard said.
The program is scheduled to end July 31 but that might be updated depending on the need from the community, Blanchard said.
The district already provides free lunches at Angleton Junior High School and Angleton High School Mondays through Thursdays to coincide with summer school classes, Blanchard said.
Breakfast at Angleton Junior High School is 7 to 8 a.m., according to the district. Breakfast at Angleton High School is 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Lunch at Angleton Junior High School is 10:40 to 11:45 a.m., according to the district. Lunch at Angleton High School is 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The meal buses are a great way to expand the district’s existing summer meal program and be able to feed more people in the community, District Director of Child Nutrition Amy Anderson said.
“I really feel like it’s extremely important,” she said.
Angleton ISD borrowed the concept of the meal buses from a district in Alabama and it’s exciting to continue to craft new means to feed children in Brazoria County, Anderson said.
“It’s actually very exciting and rewarding,” she said. “I just feel like it’s a neat way to connect and reach out to the community.”
The bus program is convenient for parents who might not be able to get their children to school Victoria Williams, child nutrition manager at Central Elementary, said.
“This is very important,” she said. “Most of the parents don’t have transportation.”
Handing out about 225 meals each week, she knows this program is helping fill a real need in the community, Williams said.
“It’s very important that they eat something,” she said. “That they have something.”
Information about the bus route and schedule can be found on the Angleton ISD website at www.angletonisd.net, or on the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.