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Summer Meal Partners Providing Summer Meals for Kids at No Cost

Special to The Truth

Summer Meals Partners of NW Ohio is a community collaboration of over 35 organizations focused on increasing access to healthy foods for kids 18 and under. This is the fourth year of the collaboration and significant improvements have taken place around the region. This summer, Summer Meal Partners will have over 174 site locations where kids can get a healthy meal at no cost and, in many instances, kids can get to enjoy educational, enrichments or activities.

There are tens of thousands of kids who rely on free or reduced meals that they receive at school during the academic year so when summer arrives many d no consistently receive nutritious meals. One in four kids struggle with hunger on a regular basis.

“The work of Summer Meal Partners is critical because we have implemented community-wide solutions to fight childhood hunger and work collectively to help some of our most vulnerable residents – hungry kids. The reach of this group has expanded greatly,” said Wendi Huntley, president of Connecting Kids to Meals and the group’s spokesperson.

The meal program kicked off on June 5 at an event at Scott High School’s cafeteria which was an opportunity for members of the community to sample some of the food items that kids will be eating this summer. Some of the supporters of the program include ProMedica, United Way of Greater Toledo, Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Connecting Kids to Meals, Buckeye Health, Fifth Third Bank, St. Luke’s Foundation and OSU Extension Center.

For more information on the program and the sites that will be serving meals visit partnerstoledo.org.




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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:11 -0700.

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