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SAN ANGELO– The San Angelo City Council’s Tuesday monthly meeting had only one proclamation this morning--Recognition of the Tom Green County Hunger Initiative for the Kids Eat Free Summer Meal Program. Mayor, Brenda Gunter, read the following proclamation.

The Texas Hunger Initiative is a collaborative effort- both statewide and locally. Our goal is to end hunger in Texas through policy, education, research, grassroots organizing and community development. San Angelo is one of eight Texas cities selected to have a regional office with the dual purpose of promoting child nutrition programs through local outreach and coordination and of working toward the creation of Hunger Free Communities Coalitions in the communities within our 23-county region. 

In Tom Green County more than one in four families with children had times during the last year when there was not enough money to buy food - that is 5,400 households in San Angelo. 

The goal for the Tom Green County Hunger Initiative for 2018 is to feed more children during the summer when school is not in session. In San Angelo, over 8,600 students receive free or reduced meals when school is in session - more than 60% of all students. After summer school ends in June, local churches, ministries, organizations, businesses, and numerous individuals have committed to provide meals in July and August at ten San Angelo neighborhood sites and one site in nearby Carlsbad. 

“Therefore, I, Brenda Gunter, Mayor of the City of San Angelo, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize and applaud The Tom Green County Hunger Initiative for their achievement and positive determination to make a difference in our community through the Kids Eat Free Summer Meal Program.”

Accepting the recognition in behalf of Texas Hunger Initiative was THI Regional Director, Mary Herbert.

“We will once again have 10 sites this summer with many churches, individuals and businesses which will help us with this.” “It would not be possible without the efforts of so many volunteers” said Herbert.

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