WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was in Warren Wednesday morning to visit one of the city’s nearly 20 summer food service program sites.
Brown checked out the Laird Community Garden, where anywhere from 45 to 70 children receive nutritious meals each day over the summer.
“We know the need is out there and if there’s barriers that we don’t know about, we’d like to know what they are because we try to get to as many areas as possible and cover them,” he said.
His goal is to increase accessibility and awareness about the summer feeding program so that more kids don’t go hungry when school is out.
“If parents could get a voucher or could pick up a meal and take it to their kids back at home, in daycare, whatever, that it could mean more kids are fed,” Brown said. “I don’t care how we do it as long as more of these kids get the proper nutrition during the summer.”
Children ages 1 through 18 are eligible for the program. Those who are 19 through 21 that have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are also eligible.
To view a map of all the summer food service program sites in the state, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.