AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) is providing free weekday lunches to local kids through their Summer Food Service Program.
HPFB’s Kids Cafe delivers meals year-round but the need for food increases in the summer when kids are not eating at school.
Executive Director and founder of the ACTS Community Center, Chad Conner, said they moved into the San Jacinto neighborhood to help people who are in a pinch. He said all of the food served comes from the Kids Cafe, a partnership they rely on.
"They basically cater-in a meal five days a week," Conner said. "We’re open 3:30 to 4:30 five days a week throughout the summer so that the kids can get a healthy meal."
However, the community center does not just offer food. It is also a chance for kids to play and socialize with friends.
"Lot of different stuff that we do for them, but kind of the cornerstone of the entire thing is that they get to come and have a good, healthy meal that will sustain them until tomorrow morning."
Conner said most of the kids are local and even within walking distance.
"It’s neat because it’s very localized but that happening all over the city, the food bank does such a good job of just making sure the kids have somewhere to eat," he added.
The Kids Cafe will prepare and deliver thousands of meals this summer, mostly for kids, but they will also deliver and serve meals to senior citizens.
Through August 2, not including federal holidays, there will be food served at these locations, Monday through Friday:
ACTS Community Center located at 202 S. Louisiana from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Amarillo Gardens Apartments located at 1223 S. Roberts Street from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Cypress Creek Apartments located at 527 Jason Avenue from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Maverick Boys & Girls Club located at 1923 S Lincoln from 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays:
Town Parc Apartments located at 6501 Woodward St. from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cathys Pointe Apartments located at 2701 North Grand Street from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
Greentree Village Apartment Homes located at 2301 Seth Ln. from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Stone Canyon Apartments located at 6208 Ventura Drive from1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Last year in 2018, the Kids Cafe team prepared and delivered 133,155 healthy meals to local kids at safe sites in schools, daycare facilities and apartment complexes throughout the year.
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