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For many kids across the country, food provided at school might be the only balanced meals they eat in a week. When school’s out, these kids are left without guaranteed healthy meals.
In Kingman, Arizona, where Latinos make up about 13% of the population, more kids will be getting meals this summer, thanks to the expansion of the local Summer Food Service Program.
According to a news article, last year’s summer meals program lasted 39 days and averaged 310 children a day, or 12,067 meals throughout its entirety. This year, the food service coordinator for Kingman Unified School District is planning to accommodate about 800 children a day during the 43-day period, or about 34,400 meals.
City officials say the increase is coming from students enrolled in summer school, the local parks and recreation program and other summer events that will bring the children in for meals.
The summer program feeds children 18 years and under for free regardless of income or need. Adults can eat with their children for $3.50 per meal. The cost of the meals is reimbursed to the district by the Arizona Department of Education.