Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal government-backed nutrition program seeks to provide two million meals to Mississippi schoolchildren this summer.

The program was announced Thursday by Department of Agriculture officials and community leaders.

The Summer Food Service Program will provide more than 30,000 meals a day in Mississippi — two meals a day per child — over the summer.

That's an increase of 12 percent over the 1.85 million meals — 26,916 a day — provided last year at nearly 400 sites.

Meals will be provided at schools, mobile sites, low-income housing units, churches and other locations.

Other launch events are scheduled during June in Hattiesburg, Greenwood, Biloxi and Tupelo.

The program ensures that low-income children 18 years old and under continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out.

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