Where to Get FREE Meals for Your Kids This Summer

Where to Get FREE Meals for Your Kids This Summer

Did you know more than 13 million children in the United States are food insecure? And with school out for the summer, those kids no longer have guaranteed meals — breakfast and lunch. 

Thankfully, every year compiles a list of all the free meals served over the summer for kids ages 18 and under! Just go to and type in your zip code or text "FoodTx" to 877-877.

Parks Foundation Provides Scholarships for Wheeler House Kids

There are currently 11 kids living at The Wheeler House ranging in ages from one to 14 years old. The Denton Parks Foundation stepped in to provide ongoing scholarships for these kids to attend their programs all year round! The shift to an indoor childhood has accelerated in the past decade, with huge declines in spontaneous outdoor activities such as bike riding, swimming and touch football, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

Surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the CDC found that a child is six times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike.

These statistics show the importance of getting our kids to play outside and enjoy the outdoors. The Denton Parks Foundation has stepped in to help with this.

The Denton Parks Foundation organizes the Fourth of July Liberty Run; Paddle, Pound & Pedal Challenge; Reindeer Romp; and plenty of other programs. They head up an ongoing project that allows people to purchase trees in memory of someone, living or deceased, to be planted in Legacy Forest. The Lake Forest Park on Ryan Road, commonly known as the “Dog Park,” is also a project of theirs!

They kept two summer camps from shutting down due to a federal funding cut by raising $20,000 so kids from low-income families wouldn’t have to miss out on the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills, build self-esteem, life skills and pro-social behaviors.

"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school,” said Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting.

The Denton Parks Foundation serves our community well by making our city beautiful, but also generously providing a way for the little ones at The Wheeler House to experience the beauties of childhood. 

For more information about The Wheeler House, click on the button below. To contact the Denton Parks Foundation, email their executive director Molly Tampke at

Welcome Hannah to our Team

Hannah Rodriguez is joining our team for the Summer to help generate designs, construction documents, and presentation materials for a tiny house community in Denton. This project will not only benefit the chronically homeless in our city, but provide an affordable housing option for anyone. She will be working with a team of people and the city to generate zoning and coding variance proposals and getting plans approved for construction. Born in Virginia, Hannah has spent the last 13 years in the DFW area, where she currently attends the University of North Texas and studies interior design. Before UNT, she attended Southwestern AG University in Waxahachie, TX where she received an Associates of Arts in Bible.

Hannah heard about Serve Denton when she participated in a department-wide design charrette to help us transition our current facility into the framework of a shared colocation workspace. In search of an internship, she approached Serve Denton and found out about the tiny house project. She immediately knew it was a fit!

Hannah said, “I have followed the concept of tiny house living since it began as a grassroots movement several years ago. I was much more of a distant observer; however, until my brother wanted me to design him a tiny house as he was interested in living the kind of lifestyle tiny houses provide to their owners—a life unhindered by possessions and mortgages,” she continued, “I dove into the movement and construction methods at that point and it was only the beginning of my introduction to what a big change small spaces could make not just for my brother, but also for my community.”

Hannah is passionate about this project and believes the built environment can powerfully impact our mood and way of thinking. Hannah says, “Our mood impacts our view of life and the way in which we interact with others. And I believe that the manipulation of the built environment is just as key to community engagement as the stage set is to the theater.”

Excited to see the city through a different lens, Hannah is jumping right in! To contact her, please email