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Food Program Feeds More Hungry Children

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More free meals are coming for school age children this summer. The Ruth Meiers Hospitality House has become an approved sponsor for the Summer Food Service Program through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). They'll give children three nutritious meals a day.

Everyone is excited to start a new program that'll benefit children in need. Some voices and faces were altered or hidden to protect the persons identity.

Ann says she supports the new food program for children that'll start next month. She says there are days when there's not enough food that caters to the children in a healthier way. 

"It's good, but some days it's like. Hopefully with this new program it'll be a better variety too," says Ann.

She says she wants to see more salads, fish and less red meat. The Ruth Meiers food nutrition coordinator agrees with Ann and says the plan is to have more kid friendly foods like grilled cheese and fruity yogurts.

"Hopefully we feed a lot of kids. It's going to be a good program, and anytime that we can feed children it's a good thing,"says Jeff Schwartzbauer a coordinator for Ruth Meiers.

Ruth Meiers' Executive Director Jaclyn Hall says the program actually helps both children and the center.

"Not only does it help us with options for our kids. It also provides some support for mothers that are moving on to see something that's healthy for them to continue to provide for their children," says Hall.

Kids living within the Ruth Meiers' area get three nutritious meals a day. Staff estimate between 12 to 20 children are already being fed each day. So, with the program, the numbers could grow. 
"It opens us up to having more opportunities to continue to partner with DPI. To continue to partner with the USDA on healthy alternatives," says Hall.

Federal funding for the program comes from DPI in exchange for the data Ruth Meiers gives on the number of children using the services. 

Ruth Meiers will officially begin serving children from the summer food program beginning July 1.
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