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Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program
Three Square Expands Summer Food Service Program

For the first time in several years thousands more southern Nevada kids will be at risk for going hungry because the school year has changed. It is no longer year-round to but a nine-month schedule which means kids who get free or reduced meals at school won't have that resource this summer.

Starting Monday, the Summer Food Service Program launches to answer that need. This year, the non-profit Three Square is expanding that program to make up for the loss of school breakfasts and lunches.

Three Square plans on doubling the amount of food it provides for the summer and is doubling the number of places that kids can get meals. Officials at the non-profit say around 160,000 students get their meals through the school. Without that resource this summer an estimated 65,000 more kids could be at risk of going hungry.

“The need is great and the time is now to rally as a community and combat childhood hunger. Together with our network of dedicated Program Partners, we are committed to providing more meals to more children across the valley this summer than ever before,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square Food Bank.

The Summer Food Service Program is a combined effort from Three Square, Clark County School District, Culinary Training Academy and several program sponsors. Money for the program has been provided by the Department of Agriculture.

For a complete list of places for free meals around the valley go to the Three Square Website.