IRONTON — Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is proposing legislation that would ease access to free and reduced school meal programs across Ohio and the country, an effort to fight the growing epidemic of child hunger.

More than 700,000 low-income school children in Ohio currently participate in free and reduced meal programs with nearly 737,000 free and reduced lunches served in Lawrence County alone between July 2007 and June 2008.

In addition, Brown also highlighted the more than 1,000 sites in Ohio that provide food to children during summer months under the Summer Food Service Program.

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