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USDA funded program provides free meals to local kids

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — For some students, an end to the school year can leave them with questions about where their next meal is coming from, but thanks to a federally funded program those questions will be easier to answer.

According to Broome-Tioga BOCES, over 60 percent of local kids are on either free or reduced price school lunch programs.

That means when school is out, those children may go hungry. A USDA funded program is looking to fix that.

The program allows for children in need to receive a free meal all summer long. They can get these meals at a number of different locations across Broome and Tioga Counties.

Officials say the meals are fresh and healthy, spanning from sandwiches to hot meals that feed three to 4,000 kids.

To find a location that serves these specific summer lunches, text ‘FOOD’ to 877-877.


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