Senator Brown’s Valley visit brings attention to summer meal program

School lunches are a balancing act between costs and nutrition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –¬†Senator Sherrod Brown will visit the West Side Community center in Youngstown Friday to let parents know the Summer Food Service Program can help keep give their kids the nutrition they need over the summer.

This summer meal option is a federal program that is run by the states and provides free and reduced price breakfast and lunch to children in low-income areas.

Organizations that provide the meals are reimbursed between $2 and $3.60 for meals and around 85 cents for snacks.

Last summer, more than 75,000 meals were served in the Mahoning Valley and 3.8 million state-wide.

There are more than 1,500 locations across the state that provide summer meals.

Some Community centers, churches, libraries and schools will start the program next week and will end sometime in August.

<a title=”Ohio summer food sites” href=”; target=”_blank”>This list shows program locations across the state. </a>

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