More students attending Ysleta ISD schools now have access to free and healthy dinners.
According to a news release, the district is bringing its “supper program” to Bel Air and Del Valle middle schools.
Officials say the USDA-funded program provides free and nutritious dinners to students who stay on campus for extracurricular activities once classes are dismissed.
Children ages 18 and younger can receive the free meals on school days at about 4 p.m. Adults also have the option to purchase the dinners.
“Given the large numbers of older students who stay on campus after school for sports, theater, band, or other clubs, the supper program gives students access to a nutritional meal in the cafeteria before rehearsal or practice,” YISD officials wrote in the release.
According to the district, the program is now in effect at 10 campuses: Bel Air, Del Valle, Hanks, Parkland, Riverside, and Ysleta high schools, Bel Air, Del Valle, and Eastwood middle schools, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
In addition to the free dinners, each YISD campus also offers free breakfast for all students throughout the year.