After a spectacular inaugural summer in 2013 the Kids Eat Free lunch program is back in Van Alstyne for a second year.

The Kids Eat Free program is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization formed to combat childhood hunger in and around the Van Alstyne area. As part of its summer lunch program, the group will provide a meal to every child who needs one. Unfortunately, there are many children who go hungry in the summer, and that simple fact was the genesis of the Kids Eat Free program.

Kids Eat Free is an innovative and much-needed program based in faith and good intentions. Relying solely on donations and volunteers, the group operates under the umbrella of the Van Alstyne Ministerial Alliance and will serve lunches out of the First United Methodist Church’s Sanford Acitivites Center at 303 S. Preston St.

The way the program works is based on one simple motto: any deserving child will get a free lunch with no questions asked. Between 11:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday children and young adults can show up at the church, sign their name and pick up a free lunch. That’s it, there are no forms to fill out and nothing to show. Three cold meals and two hot meals will be served Monday through Friday beginning June 6 and running through August 22.

Taking on a problem this big and important requires two things of any group: money and volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of things, including putting together the lunches for kids five days a week, and money is needed because…well, there isn’t much that is free and the cost to feed each child amounts to roughly $2.25 per day. That’s a lot of greenbacks to feed a community full of needy children five days a week for nearly three months.

But the good news is that you can help. To volunteer your time contact Kids Eat Free Chair Andrea Brandhorst at 903-814-3334. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. There are different sponsorship levels for those wishing to contribute money stemming from the corporate sponsorships to individual contributions, everything from Platinum sponsorships to In-kind sponsorships.

For more information on this extremely worthwhile cause check out the group’s website at