Society of Samaritans volunteers package 200 summer snack sacks each week for families within Magnolia ISD.
Children who depend on their school to provide meals during the academic year have access to nutritious meals and snacks throughout the summer at no cost, courtesy of local nonprofit organizations and the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Magnolia-based Society of Samaritans is offering SOS Snack Sacks to families in need through Aug. 11. Students who receive breakfast or lunch at Magnolia ISD for no cost during the school year can receive one bag of food each week in addition to the food given to the family once each month, SOS Board of Directors President Shirley Jensen said. Families who visit the SOS Food Pantry can receive one bag of food per school-age child. Additionally, SOS volunteers are distributing snack sacks to children in various neighborhoods throughout the summer.
Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted at the food pantry, located at 31355 Friendship Drive, Magnolia, the SOS Resale Shop located in the Arlan's Shopping Center, and The Mkt., located at 18252 FM 1488, Magnolia.
Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries, located at 300 W. Main St., Tomball, is also collecting donations of nonperishable food items for its summer meal program. The organization has partnered with TISD to distribute the food to students throughout the summer.
Select libraries, apartment complexes, YMCAs and other community sites in the Tomball and Magnolia areas will provide free meals for children as well. To find out which local entities are participating, visit http://summerfood.org.
Parents can also text "FOOD" OR "COMIDA" to 877877 for English and Spanish information about free meal options based on their location. No Kid Hungry developed this system in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The following MISD campuses will serve up breakfast and lunch Mondays through Thursdays, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture:
Through June 29: Magnolia Elementary 31900 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia
Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Through Aug. 24: Magnolia High School 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia
Breakfast: 9-10 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-noon
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.