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Kansas Ranks Low in Providing Summer Meals to Hungry Children

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas advocates for the poor say they are searching for sites to provide more summer meals to children.  During a regional Summer Meals Summit in Hutchinson this week, advocates said the state provides seven free summer lunches for every 100 schoolchildren who are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches at school. A federal effort called Summer Food Service Program funds the meals.  The Hutchinson News reports only Oklahoma placed lower than Kansas in the number of meals it provides.  The Hutchinson meeting was one of five summer meals meetings held across the state recently.  Participants said transportation to meal sites is a major obstacle, particularly in rural areas. But others said providing the free meals is one of the most rewarding things a town can do for its citizens.

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