High Interest Expected In Summer Lunch Programs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 7, 2008
A ten-to-fifteen percent increase is expected in the number of children participating statewide in summer meal programs. State Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell says there’s no doubt the economy is a factor. “This program really is more important now as family budgets get stretched, as a result of fuel prices, with the housing crisis we’re experiencing…” State officials say there’s been more interest among local organizations to offer such programs which are federally funded. That’s due in part to more flexibility given by the federal government this year to local agencies that run them. The Department of Education is trying to reach out to families in need with a list of the programs on its website. Most programs are offered near schools where more than fifty-percent of the kids are eligible for free and reduced meals during the school year.