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Indiana Looking For More Rural Sites For Summer Food Program

47% of Indiana students receive free or reduced lunch prices.

The Indiana Department of Education wants more rural sites for this years summer food for kids program.

The Summer Food Service Program feeds children healthy meals when school is out for the summer. Most students that use the program qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year.

It’s a nationwide program funded through the USDA and administered by states. Indiana’s program boasted about 1400 hundred sites last year.

Spokesperson Adam Baker says they hope to increase that number this year and bring in more rural sites.

“One of the things that we recognize though is there’s still a need in a lot of our rural areas to fund sponsors that can help feed those children as well.”

The application is open until late May. Previous sites need to reapply every year.

Michigan is also accepting applications for new sites. Previous sites there are approved for five years at a time.

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