EDINBURG – The first week of the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Seamless Summer Program (SSO) saw an increase of 7,500 meals provided to children compared to last year.

The District served more than 4,100 breakfast and 3,400 lunch meals in the first full week of June compared to last year.  Last year, 12,100 breakfast and 18,200 lunch meals were served.  This year, 16,200 breakfast and 18,200 lunch meals were provided.

“This increase is great news, because it shows that many more children are participating and are becoming aware of this free program,” ECISD Child Nutrition Director Jaime Perez said.

For at least 20 years, Edinburg CISD has connected children 18 years old and younger with healthy SSO meals at no cost to the child. SSO is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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.

“Many children in our community do not have access to healthy meals during the summer,” Perez said.  "ECISD provides these summer meals and partners with other community organizations to help ensure our students have access to nutritious meals during the long summer break from school.”

ECISD has partnered with the Edinburg Housing Authority, City of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Department, and South Texas College to provide meals at 25 sites throughout the area until August 18th.

For a complete listing of the meal sites, families are encouraged to use these three tools:

· Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator

· Visit www.SummerFood.org for an interactive site locator map

· Text FOODTX to 877-877