LOGAN — Now that schools have closed for the summer, many of the children who relied on free and reduced lunches have less access to nutritious meals.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) held a conference call on Wednesday to alert families who may not have the resources to provide quality nutrition for their children of different sites in the community where children can receive free breakfasts, lunches and snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
“Summer break shouldn’t mean a break from good nutrition,” Brown said. “But for too many Ohio children who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the year, the end of the school year means the end of healthy meals. That’s why I’m alerting Ohio families to the Summer Food Service Program and the more than 1,500 sites serving free meals this summer. Every child should have enough food to keep growing and learning after the final school bell rings.”
According to information released by Brown’s office, more than 680,000 children in Ohio are eligible for nutrition assistance, free or reduced lunches, during the school year, but only a fraction of them participate in the SFSP.
“On a typical day in the summer feeding program, there are about 70,000 students who get that,” said Brown. “So it’s a huge gap.”
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