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Children Facing Hunger In The Summer

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While many kids fill their summer days running, playing and swimming, there are thousands of kids in Maryland who find themselves distracted by their hunger.  For the most part, the kids who are hungry in the summer are the ones who received free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year.

While in school some kids can get three meals a day, but this summer, for the first time, only two meals a day. What are the barriers to feeding these children and how does summer nutrition loss affect a student’s achievement when school starts?
Joining Sheilah to talk about it is Jonathon Rondeau, C.E.O. of the Family League of Baltimore, which runs a Mobile Meals program during the summer.  Also with us is Dr. Robert Lawrence, who directs the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.
To find out where summer meal programs are located, call 211 or go to BMoreSuperSummer.org.
Audio for this segment will be available by the end of the day.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
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