Has inflation put a huge dent in your food budget?

The Ysleta Independent School District together with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Child and Adult Care Food Program just rolled out a free meal program that can help stretch your weekly meal budget.

Twelve district campuses are participating in a “supper program” that provides children in the community and in extracurricular activities a free after-school meal.

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Free and Nutritious After-School Meals - Who Qualifies?

According to a district news release, the “supper program” provides no-cost meals to "community children 18 years and younger and active students who remain on campus after school for extracurricular activities" such as athletics, band, theater, or a club.

Instead of going hungry, kids who live in a household that is food insecure and students who stay on campus after classes have been dismissed can drop by the school cafeteria and get a nutritious meal before rehearsal or practice.

No forms need to be filled out, and all children ages 1-18 may participate regardless of their enrollment status with the District.

The free meals are available Monday through Thursday at various times depending on the dismissal time at each campus, but generally beginning at around 4 p.m. If a parent or guardian over the age of 18 wants to join his or her child for dinner, meals are available for purchase.

Campuses Participating

The 12 YISD campuses participating are listed below.

High Schools

• Bel Air High
• Del Valle High
• Hanks High
• Eastwood High
• Riverside High
• Parkland High
• Ysleta High

Middle Schools

• Bel Air Middle
• Del Valle Middle
• Hanks Middle
• Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Elementary Schools

• Desertaire Elementary

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