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Some Mich. Kids Lack Summer Nutrition Safety Net

kids food getty Some Mich. Kids Lack Summer Nutrition Safety Net

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Officials say Michigan needs to do a better job of getting children from low-income families to schools and other sites where they can get free meals during the summer.A report from the Food Research and Action Center found that fewer than one in six of Michigan children eligible for free meals during the school year got those meals in July 2009. Last July, the Summer Food Service Program provided low-income children more than 45,000 meals at Michigan schools, libraries, churches, community centers and parks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reimburses providers the cost of the meals, usually at about $3.25 a meal.

The Detroit Free Press reports that summer is time without a nutritional safety net for many Michigan children. 

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