Summer Lunch Program

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: Mia Ruiz, director of the outreach center at Oak Trail Shores, (right) is pictured with her mom, Helen Best, community outreach coordinator at Oak Trail Shores, who both work collaboratively to host programs for the Oak Trail Shores community.

Sponsored by Purple Hearts Inc. in Fort Worth, Oak Trail Shores and Rancho Brazos Community Center will begin their summer lunch programs in Hood County on Monday, June 7. 


The summer lunch program at Oak Trail Shores will feature free grab-and-go-meals for all children ages 18 and under.

Meals will be served from 12-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2723 Maplewood in Oak Trail Shores. The lunches will consist of sandwiches, fresh fruit, applesauce, vegetables, snacks, desserts, a choice between milk or juice and breakfast items for the next day.

Children can participate in summer activities like the LEGO challenge, a Play-Doh sculpting challenge and other art challenges. They can also grab take-home activities and bring home free books all summer with the lunch program.

“We do our Summer Reading Club where kids get new books and prizes. I read with them on Tuesdays, right before lunch pick-up time, and they get to take books home. They can check books out from me and they can also choose from some used, donated books that we've got daily,” said Mia Ruiz, director of the outreach center at Oak Trail Shores.

The Hood County YMCA will also be coming on Wednesdays to do activities with children from 12:30-1:30 p.m.


The Rancho Brazos summer food program will serve breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under at two locations: Rancho Brazos Community Center at 3701 Sundown Trail and Sandy Beach Community Center at 3715 Sandy Beach Drive.

Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10 a.m. and lunch will be from noon-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

There will also be onsite activities at both locations from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

“We secured an out-of-county resource to fill nutritional gaps in Hood County through the community centers,” said Sharla Caro, executive director of Rancho Brazos Community Center. “In doing so, that would free up heavy traffic lunch locations for other communities who don’t have the necessary resources to obtain food.”

For more information about the Rancho Brazos food program, email or call 817-910-8114. | 817-573-1243