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Lunch programs continue for children through the summer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - With so many families struggling to make ends meet, many Ohio children are living in "food insecure" households, where parents don't always have the resources to provide enough healthy food for their families.

During the 2012-2013 school year, 630,000 Ohio children daily received free or reduced-priced school lunches through the National School Lunch Program, ensuring their healthy development and easing the burden on their families.

When schools close for summer, however, these families are left wondering how to continue to provide meals for their children. Through the Summer Food Service Program, children can receive breakfast, lunch, or a snack at sites across Ohio.

The Summer Food Service Program, a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Education, provides a critical resource to families who need assistance feeding their children but many families don't know it's available.

Right now, these sites are underutilized. Last summer, only 66,000 Ohio children daily participated in the program, compared to the hundreds of thousands who do so during the school year.

To find the site nearest to you, follow this link.
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