Summer Nutrition Program Wraps up 22nd Year of Service
The City of Garland wrapped up the 2017 Summer Nutrition Program (SNP) on Aug. 4. The 2017 program served more than 10,000 breakfasts and more than 50,000 lunches.
The City of Garland has sponsored this community service for 22 years. The SNP provides free meals to children in school attendance areas where 50 percent or more of the students participate in the free and reduced lunch program during the school year.
The 2017 program had 27 serving sites around the city. These partners included select parks, recreation centers, apartment complexes and churches. These invaluable site host partners provide the space needed to facilitate this program every year.
During the second week of the program, two kick-off events were held: one at Montgomery Park and the other at Esencia Apartments. The children enjoyed a bounce house, sack races, face painting, bingo, jump rope competitions and a karate demonstration. Pikachu even came to hang out and take pictures with the kids. Both of these sites had been part of the program in the past but had not participated in several years. 2017 was the perfect time to bring them back, and both sites were a big success.
The SNP is not just about children getting a free meal during the summer. We pride ourselves on providing community children with a safe, fun environment where they can be fed both physically and mentally. All of the sites provide games, exercises and activities that support the 3 E’s of healthy living: exercise, education and eating right, which helps the children remain stimulated and be better prepared when they start the new school year. Many of the site supervisors who work with this program provided additional games, projects and supplies themselves.
The program was also fortunate to receive donations from partners like Good Samaritans, Grifols, Richland Apartments and City departments, including Water Utilities; Garland Power & Light; Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts; Public & Media Relations; Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Human Resources. These partnerships are vital to the ongoing success of this program.
Thank you all for your continued support of the fight to end child hunger in Garland.