Survey: Rochester’s free summer meal program for kids underused

Posted at: 05/20/2013 7:27 AM | Updated at: 05/20/2013 2:44 PM

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The end of the school year is approaching but that doesn’t mean the end of free meals for children who need them, including in Rochester.

The City has yet to announce details of this summer's free "Food for Kids" program but according to a survey by the Center for Governmental Research, in 2012 only 23-percent of Rochester city students that qualified for free meals during the school year took advantage of the city's free summer meals program.

The number of sites where the meals are served dropped by more than 15-percent between 2011 and 2012.

Separate from the Rochester City School District’s program, free breakfast, lunch and snacks will be available for kids in low-income areas all summer long through a program called "Why Hunger.” The food is available at places like neighborhood parks, libraries, schools and churches. Click here to view a list of locations.

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