Making Sure Kids Don't Go Hungry

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School may be out for summer, but free breakfast and lunch is still being served at Edwards-Knox Central School to kids as part of a federally funded summer meals program.

"With developing bodies and brains, it's important for children to get all of their vitamins and calcium," said Kathleen Whitmarsh, EKCS cook manager.               
 
The difference between this and the free and reduced lunch program offered during the school year is that there are no income eligibility requirements for the summer meals.
 
Kids of all ages need healthy foods to help them grow, learn and even play - especially in a high need area.

Milk, cereal, fruit or juice is served for breakfast while lunches can include burgers, pizza or chicken nuggets.
 
Summer meal sites like the one at Edwards-Knox play a vital role in helping prevent hunger during the summer months when kids are normally out of school or enrolled in summer programs.

The program provides a nutritious meal twice a day to anyone 18 years old or younger.
 
Like other locations across the state, the rural school has been a summer meals site for the past several years providing free meals to dozens of kids.

But officials say the program still isn't reaching enough children.
 
"There are a lot of students not being serviced by this very valuable nutritious summer food service program," said Carol Beebe, New York School Nutrition Association.                                              
 
Officials say they would like to incorporate a farm-to-school component to the meals program where garden fresh vegetables would be made available.                       
 
The school is open for free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday until August 2.            

Saturday, August 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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