LORAIN — Although school is out for the summer, area children still will receive nutrition assistance at centers around Lorain County.

More than 630,000 Ohio children received free or reduced-price lunches during the past school year, according to figures from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Office.

For many, the lunches will continue in the summer months through Summer Food Service Program, a federal nutrition program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through almost 1,700 sites around the state. On June 11, Brown hosted a conference call to draw attention to the program. 

“Summer break shouldn’t mean a break from good nutrition. That’s where the Summer Food Service Program steps in,” Brown said.

“But right now, too many Ohio families remain unaware about this critical program,” he said.

“Public awareness is vital to ensure that the end of the school year doesn’t mean an end to hunger.”

More than 630,000 Ohio students received free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program on an average day in the 2012-13 school year, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Education, which administers the summer program in Ohio.

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