TYLER (KYTX) - The East Texas Food Bank has reached a milestone. It recently served its millionth meal in the Summer Food Program this week! The food bank helps bridge the gap in the summer, so kids can still get free, nutritious meals during the day while school is out. This is the 10th year for the program. Those with the food bank say they're happy to continue feeding children year after year.
The line for lunch at City Park in North Tyler starts well before serving time at noon.
"Thank you for your good manners."
Ana Parga and her daughter, Paulina, say they wouldn't be able to get by in the summers without the help of the East Texas Food Bank.
"Wouldn't be the same."
"It really fills our hearts because it's important. The kids are out of school. They don't have access to those balanced meals that they receive in the school cafeterias." says East Texas Food Bank CEO Dennis Cullinane.
He says serving one million children's meals and counting really shows that there's a need here in the summers.
"That puts a big burden on the families' budgets during the summer. And, we're really pleased that we're able to offer this program that can help them."
Ana says not only does the summer food program feed her children, it also gets them outside and away from the TV.
"Good muscles and health for my kids. And, that's it!"
Another bonus- she gets a break from cooking.
"A help to me too."
Cullinane says one million meals is just the beginning.