The Texas A&M University System welcomed several city, state, and federal partners to talk about public health in South Texas. The event took place under Texas A&M efforts to serve the community.
John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M, stressed the institution’s commitment “to provide innovative programs and interventions” that will “not only benefit the people of this region, but will have a long-term impact on the state.”
A portion of the event was dedicated to the inauguration of the feeding programs led by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), designed to ensure that children from low-income homes continue to eat nutritious meals even during the summer vacation season. In particular, two proven USDA-sponsored summer programs, the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option were highlighted.
The new Texas A&M initiative meets one of the USDA’s key mission statements: “Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat,” USDA writes on its website.
The 2014 national kick off of the Summer Food Service Program begins this week.
The Texas A&M event brought together representatives from several areas of the university, as well as from the Baylor University Texas Hunger Initiative and the USDA.