The Dish on Summer Meals: AISD to Serve Up Good Nutrition for All Local Children During Summer

This summer, Austin ISD will serve anyone 18 years old and younger healthy meals at more than 40 schools at no cost through the Summer Food Service Program. Both breakfast and lunch will be offered at all AISD summer meal sites. 
For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. 
"Austin children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life," said AISD's Executive Director of Food Services and Warehouse Operations Anneliese Tanner. "With nearly 2 million food-insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation." 
The summer food program is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition initiative administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture to serve meals throughout Texas; Austin ISD is one of its partners in bringing meals to children.  
Organizations partner with TDA to serve meals in areas where more than 50 percent of children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Eligible sponsoring organizations include schools, faith-based groups, nonprofit summer camps, government agencies and other tax-exempt organizations. All meal sites must be sponsored by an organization that has a contract with TDA. 
 Families are encouraged to use the following tools to find a meal site statewide: 
  • Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator. 
  • Visit for an interactive site locator map. 
  • Text FOODTX to 877-877. 
AISD was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Hunger Initiative for providing nutritious and appealing summer meals in 2017.  
AISD Food Services provides meals to 130 campuses, and is committed to expanding healthy food access, nutrition education and sustainability efforts. AISD is reinventing the urban school meal experience through programs such asbreakfast in the classroom, food trucks, salad bars and increased scratch-cooking. 
AISD will continue its mission this summer with menus featuring high-quality, local foods and a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as low-fat or fat-free dairy products and culturally appropriate meals.  
For more information about summer meals, please contact AISD Nutrition and Food Services Assistant Director of Operations at 512-414-0247 or
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