WASHINGTON - Ohio officials are trying to spread the word about a federal program that offers low-income children free breakfasts or lunches during the summer months, when they aren't able to get the meals at school.
The Summer Food Service Program operates at 1,734 sites across 77 Ohio counties.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is encouraging organizations that are interested in setting up new centers in critically underserved areas to work with the Ohio Department of Education.
According to state data, nearly 841,000 Ohio students, or about 45 percent, are eligible for free or reduced-cost school lunches based on their family incomes. The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks has said less than one-fifth of eligible children participated in the summer program last year.
On the Web: Summer Food Service Program locations: http://bit.ly/MmodL7
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