About 40 children lined up to receive free meals on July 7 at R. L. Paschal High School.

Fort Worth ISD is working to fight food insecurity that is further evident during the summer months when children are out of school, the district’s Chief of Operations Joseph Coburn said.

The district’s summer feeding program does just that.

“We’re super excited to be able to do it,” Coburn said. “First of all, it’s food insecurity and it doesn’t end just because the school year ended, and a lot of times for kids, it gets even worse.”

About 63 sites, including schools in the district, offer free summer meals for “children and teens ages 18 and younger, and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old” every Monday through Thursday, according to the program’s site. Some schools offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and some only breakfast and lunch.

R. L. Paschal High School, 3001 Forest Park Blvd., offers breakfast meals from 9-9:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursday through July 29.

If you go:

For a site map and hours, visit the Summer Meal Site Map.

Through federal funding, Fort Worth ISD is able to provide an estimated 200,000 meals this year. “I’m sure it’s probably putting some parents’ minds at ease, and certainly providing a service to these kids.There’s so many other people out there that are doing this. There are so many nonprofits and faith-based organizations that are trying to take care of our kids this summer,” Coburn said. “We try to put a kind of blanket around the city and make sure our kids are taken care of.”

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...