EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Child Nutrition Department is currently preparing for its upcoming Summer Meals Program after seeing a dramatic increase in the number of healthy meals served to children in the program in 2017 compared to the previous year.

The Summer Meals Program, which ran from June to August 2017, provided free breakfast and lunch meals for every child at 25 sites throughout Edinburg CISD.

“Last year, we saw an increase of more than 11% in the number of meals served during our school district’s Summer Meals Program,” ECISD Child Nutrition Director Jaime Perez said. “This increase is great news, because it shows that many more children are participating in this free meal program.”

During this three-month period, ECISD served 154,878 meals in 2017 compared to 139,182 meals in 2016, resulting in an increase of 15,696 meals or an increase of 11.28%.

“Our Child Nutrition Department is already preparing to meet the higher demand of children participating in the upcoming Summer Meals Program. Many children in our community simply do not have access to healthy meals during the summer,” Perez said. “We are also meeting with other community organizations to help ensure our students have access to nutritious meals during the long summer break from school.”

Last year, ECISD collaborated 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.

The 2018 Summer Meals Program is scheduled to begin on June 4.