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Free, Healthy Meals Available for Kids at City Recreation Centers


This summer, youth — age 18 and younger — can get a free, nutritious lunch Monday through Friday at any of seven Irving Recreation Centers.

Food and Fitness Fest returns to kick off the 10-week summer lunch program for the second consecutive year. Food and Fitness Fest also recognizes a partnership among the City of Irving, Irving Independent School District, Texas Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture.

“It’s a natural partnership because Irving ISD’s children are the city’s children, so we’re all serving the same families and the same children, so it’s us helping us,” said Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services Director Michael Rosenberger.

Lunch preparation and delivery will be administered by the Irving Independent School District. The healthy meals will complement the city’s summer camp activities at city recreation centers. Lunches will be similar to those served at school during the academic year. The lunch menu will feature both hot and cold meals, and will include one meat, two vegetables/fruit, bread and milk.

“If young people have a few dollars, healthy food probably isn’t going to be their first choice,” said City of Irving Recreation Superintendent Joe Moses. “Kids who come to city recreation centers will have access to free, healthy, balanced meals while school’s out — that’s one less thing parents have to worry about.”

Children age 18 and younger are eligible to participate in the free summer lunch program regardless
of income. To learn more, visit fns.unsda.gov. Call your nearest recreation center for details.

Posted on May 7


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