Summer food programs available for KC children

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Across the country, 21 million children get free or reduced lunches during the school year. But what about when they’re not in class?

That’s where the Kids Area Feeding Event Summit comes in. Kansas City and Harvesters joined forces at the Southeast Community Center all day Friday to meet with parents and groups about programs available to make sure children don’t go hungry over the weekend and on school vacations.

"It's a significant problem, a growing problem, and I think it's especially important as we become more and more aware of how important nutrition is to the kids' ability to learn," Norm Bowers with Harvesters Community Food Network said.

Both Missouri and the federal government have funds available for programs; it's just a matter of getting plans in place.

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