Classes have ended for the summer for students in the Brownwood Independent School District, and with it, so has the most reliable source of nutrition for many young people.

So the summer feeding program operated by the Brownwood ISD in past years will continue, with meals being offered at four locations through June and the first half of July.

Beginning next week, meals will be provided at three school sites Monday through Thursday at both breakfast and lunch hours. A mobile site at the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County will provide lunches.

Locations will be Northwest Elementary School, 311 Bluffview; Brownwood Intermediate School, 800 Rogan; Woodland Heights Elementary School, 3900 Fourth St.; and the Boys and Girls Club of Brownwood on Avenue K between Fifth and Sixth streets.

Serving hours will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program will run from June 4 through July 12.

According to the USDA, the summer program is designed to supplement the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs which run during the school year. But those programs end when school ends for the summer.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program helps fill the hunger gap. Nationally, millions of children depend on nutritious free and reduced-price meals and snacks at school for nine months out of the year. Just a fraction of that receive the free meals provided by the summer feeding program during the summer months. Persons with questions about the program may call the school district’s administration office at 643-5644.