The Abilene Independent School District's Summer Feeding Program is back for 2023. Beginning on June 5 and continuing until July 27, the program reminds us that "Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation", and neither will the AISD Student Nutrition Department.

The Summer Feeding Program will be providing two meals per day, breakfast and lunch, and will be served absolutely free Monday through Friday. No meals will be served on Monday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth, or on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Every child age 18 and under can be fed at one of sixteen school cafeteria locations throughout Abilene. The most important thing to do right away is sign up.

Simply log onto the AISD's website, the AISD App, or reach out to the district office during business hours. Call (325) 677-1444 and ask for the Student Nutrition Department to sign up. The summer feeding program is absolutely free for all children within the Abilene school district.

 All the children in the district need nutritious meals to learn, grow, and thrive, even when school is out. With the summer feeding program, children and teens can continue to eat healthy throughout the summer at no cost just by showing up at a participating meal site location. - Chelsea Diaz, AISD Student Nutrition Division

I recall the last time I enjoyed a meal at an Abilene school cafeteria, during one of the Arrow Ford Teacher Tributes. We were invited to stay and eat lunch while waiting for our next Teacher Tribute presentation. The food was excellent and the atmosphere delightful. It brought back many great memories. Abilene ISD advises all children to simply show up, eat right, and have fun.

The 16 different summer feeding locations are listed below:

  • Abilene High School (2800 North 6th St.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 a.m. Lunch: 10:45-12:00 p.m.
  • Abilene Youth Sports Authority (1042 Loop 322), June 5- July 27,
    Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Bowie Elementary (2034 Jeanette St.), June 1-June 30 and July 10-20, Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:00-12:30 p.m. No meals served on Friday.
  • Chavez Park (2250 Ambler Ave.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Children’s Art & Literacy Festival (1101 North 1st St.), June 8 only, Lunch only: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Clack Middle School (1610 Corsicana Ave.), June 5-July 13, Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 10:30-12:30 p.m. No meals served on Friday.
  • Cobb Park (2302 State St.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m.
    Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Craig Middle School (702 S Judge Ely Blvd.), June 5-July 13, Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 10:30-12:30 p.m. No meals served on Friday.
  • Dyess Elementary (6733 Jennings Dr.) June 5-July 13, Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 10:30-12:30 p.m. No meals served on Friday.
  • G.V. Daniels Park (541 North 8th St.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Martinez Elementary School Boys & Girls Club (1301 Clinton St.), June 5-July 27
    Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Redbud Park playground (2125 South 32nd St.), June 5-July 27,
    Lunch only: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Rose Park (2601 South 7th St.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Taylor Elementary (1719 E N 10th St.), June 5-July 13, Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m.
    Lunch: 10:30-12:30 p.m. No meals served on Friday
  • The L.I.F.T. (2034 Quantum Loop), May 30-June 15, Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m. Meals served Tue-Thu only.
  • YMCA-Redbud Park (3125 South 32nd St.), June 5-July 27, Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. Lunch: 11:30-12:30 p.m.
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