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Few Families Use Free, Expanding Summer Lunch Program

DAYTON -- During lunchtime at Dayton's Kemp Elementary, kids were filling up on chicken patty sandwiches, veggies, fruit and milk.

"We serve breakfast and lunch and we also do an afternoon snack for educational programs," said Cathie DeFehr, the director of Nutrition Services for Dayton Public Schools.

"During the Summer, we are concerned the children in our district don't have any place to go when they're used to getting breakfast and lunch with us," DeFehr explained.

Thanks to a federal program, kids can keep filling up for free through the Summer, too in all of Dayton's neighborhoods; but only 10% of Dayton Public School kids are taking advantage of it. DeFehr fears families just do not know about the free Summer program, and wants families to know it is open to any child 18 and under.   

"We do worry about what happens to them during the Summer because we do believe there are lots of kids who take full advantage of our program while they're in school."

This service is expanding to 47 locations this year - one of them is the Whitney Young Estates where Ashley Williams lives.

"It will be nice to have one for those who are kind of less fortunate.. I mean you don't know everyone's situation," said Williams who is a mother of two.

She is in school and it will give her an added boost.

"I'm not working at the moment so it would be more for me to pay for them to have the lunch, so I mean it's a good thing."

A good thing organizers hope many more families will take advantage of this Summer. Click here for a link of all 47 locations and times. The program starts June 9, 2014 and runs through August 1, 2014 in most locations.

 
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