Community effort in Tye helps feed children during summer break

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TYE, Texas (KTAB) – It’s about serving and protecting the youngest citizens in Tye that’s led the town’s police chief and his wife to start up a summer lunch program for kids.

These children are those considered most likely at risk of going hungry during summer break.

It’s called “Operation Brown Bag” and it’s thanks to some generous donations and the help of a local church.

“I witnessed a young boy who was eating out of the trash at one of our local stores and it broke my heart,” Chief Jay Strong said. “So, I had a long talk with him and he said his mom and dad didn’t have any food in the house.”

This prompted him to brainstorm some ideas with his wife to see what could be done to help the kids in their community.

The Tye Baptist Church also came into help fund the program’s first year.

“He had a vision of wanting to see these children have a meal, not be without their food and to provide in a way they’re forgotten about,” added his wife, Deb Strong.

Now, several days a week, Chief Strong is able to deliver lunches to 20 kids in Tye and he is does it in his police car.

“It also gives these children another view of policing. We’re not just there when mom and dad are having a rough time or a crime gets committed. They see an officer as a human being,” Chief Strong explained.

He says it also shows them someone cares.

This program will continue through the summer and the hope is to bring it back next year.

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