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Indiana Makes Strides in Summer Meals for Kids

Indiana is making strides when it comes to ensuring all children are able to access nutritious meals during the summer months. Hundreds of thousands of lower-income Indiana children eat free or reduced-priced lunch and breakfast during the school day. But what happens when the bell rings for summer vacation? A new report by the Food Research and Action Center found more than 75-thousand children received a summer meal in Indiana in July last year. Emily Weikert Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says that's a 23-percent increase from the prior year.  She says some common barriers can keep children from participating, including parents who are unaware of the program, a lack of transportation, and an inadequate number of sites in an area to meet the need. Families can locate a summer meal site by calling 2-1-1, or online at 'fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks.



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