LOGAN — Hunger is a prevalent issue in southeast Ohio, and the need for nutritious meals to be made available to children in particular has been a focus for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for many years.

On Wednesday, the Senate Agriculture Committee cleared legislation that would reauthorize nutrition programs for children called the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, including a provision submitted by Brown that would expand school lunch programs and to make sure children have access to food during the summer as well, called the Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act.

According to information previously provided by the Southeast Ohio Foodbank and Kitchen, one in four children in its 10 county region is food insecure, meaning they do not have enough food for a healthy lifestyle.

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