Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — A government-backed nutrition program seeks to provide two million meals to Mississippi schoolchildren this summer.

The program was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Magnolia Health and the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Healthy Schools.

The USDA has targeted Mississippi and 12 other states to boost the program in 2015.

The Summer Food Service Program will provide more than 37,639 meals a day in Mississippi — two meals a day per child — for a total of 2.53 million meals in the summer of 2015. That’s an increase of 10 percent over the 2.3 million meals provided last year.

Meals will be provided at schools, mobile sites, low-income housing units, religious institutions and other locations.

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