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Local Hunger Coalition Providing Free Meals to Parents
“Have Lunch on Us” Program Sponsored by McLennan County Hunger CoalitionWHAT: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is sponsoring a program entitled “Have Lunch on Us” which will provide parents accompanying their children to a free lunch at selected Summer Meals Feeding Sites where they can eat and enjoy a meal with their children.

WHY: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is sponsoring and reinstating this program from a grant that was provided by Grande Communications. The program helps encourage parents to continue to bring their children to Summer Meals Feeding site locations, following the release of summer school. The coalition recognizes that many children will no longer be at a school site location, and will need to participate in the Summer Meals Program at a separate location for the rest of the summer duration.

The “Have Lunch on Us” program aspect is to encouraging parents to continue bringing their children to summer meals sites, by rewarding them to participate in the program with their children by being provided with a lunch that they can eat, and enjoy with their children, says, Hunger Coalition Vice-Chairperson, Ms. Esther Morales.  This could also “increase the number of children who continue to have access to free meals” Morales added. The ultimate goal is to prevent children from facing hunger in the summer months ahead when sites are available for them to continue to receive free meals.


Waco Central Library- 1717 Austin Avenue (Lunch Only) 11:30am-12:00pm

In East Waco there will be two participating sites.(Lunch Only at both Sites)

Estella Maxey Apartment – 1809 J.J. Flewellen Complex  12:10pm-12:30pm

TrendWood Apartment –    1700 Dallas Circle 12:40pm-1:00pm

WHEN:  Starting Friday, July 13th Ending Friday July, 27th

HOW: The “Have Lunch on Us” program is being financially supported by Grande Communications, is a sponsored effort of the McLennan County Hunger Coalition, and is also sponsored by the Waco independent School District Child Nutrition Services as a community effort in affiliation with the Summer Feeding Program.

WHO: The McLennan County Hunger Coalition is a non-profit organization created in 2003 to combine the efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to ending hunger in McLennan.

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Summer Meals served at La Vega Community Church


























Although summer is winding down as the school year approaches, many of Waco, La Vega, and Connally ISD Summer Meal sites still offer meals throughout August.  To find a site near you text FoodTX to 877-877, visit wacoisd.org or call 254-750-3763 .


UPDDATE 8/24: Group Helps Bridge Hunger Gap.



Here are some  photos taken during the opening of the Dewey Rec Center kickoff for Summer Meals.

































You can view the rest of the photos here

Parents who bring their children to Youngblood Boys and Girls Club, Korean United Methodist Church , Provedent Heights Elementary School, or La Vega Community Church will receive free lunch. For a list of all the summer meal sites see our google map here


The temperature is not the only thing that rises during the summer months. Every summer the demand for food rises in many McLennan County households.  With Waco schools out for the Summer many children who rely on reduced or free school meals for lunch and breakfast will now have to get their meals elsewhere. Often the families of these children must turn to other sources to make ends meet.

These alternate sources include food pantries and summer feeding sites. Buddy Edwards of Caritas has reported an increased demand during the summer months and has said, “Families typically have more mouths to feed during the summer since their kids are at home and overall food donations to Caritas drop off in the summer, so by the end of August we are generally almost out of food.”  The SOS food drive was held last month to help food pantries prepare for the summer months and alleviate some of the stress put on them.

In addition to food pantries, families can go to summer meal sites which are located throughout Waco and McLennan County. The feeding sites will serve breakfast and lunch to any child 18 or under and adults for only $2.00 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch.

A current list of summer meal sites can be found here or by calling the MCHC at 254-224-8486 or Waco ISD at 254-750-3763.



Eat for Free Handout