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Summer Lunch Program Tops A Million Meals

KSAL Staff - October 1, 2013 7:11 am

Officials Thursday celebrated Salina's summer effort to feed hungry children, and a statewide effort to provide a millions meals for hungry children.

Salina was part of the summer effort to feed hungry children, and a statewide effort to provide a millions meals for hungry children.

The Kansas Department of Education says a summer program served more than 1 million meals to needy children while public schools were out of session.

The agency says that when its final numbers are tallied, it expects the number of meals served to be more than 11 percent higher than it was last year.

Meals were offered at public schools and at sites run by camps, nonprofit groups and local government agencies, with the state reimbursing those organizations. Children up to 18 years old could receive both breakfast and lunch.

The program takes the place of meals programs in public schools when they are in session.

Salina was a part of the effort. Locally, Salina officials hoped to provide 27,000 meals. Last year during the summer program, 3895 breakfasts and 22,533 lunches were served to Salina children at eight open sites and one enrolled site.

Red Neck

October 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

Here in lies the problem. Parents are supposed to be responsibile for taking care of their children not the taxpayers. There should be penalties against parents who choose not to feed their kids. Naturally we cannot let these kids go hungry but we sure can hold the parents responsible for the welfare of their children.

jack davis

October 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

whose stupid idea was this , they ought to be ashamed of themselves , cant even feed their own kids , get a job any job get two jobs come on , be proud of yourselves.

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