Community
5:52 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As Summer Vacation Approaches Low-Income Food Programs Grow Important

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  With about one in six Washtenaw County children going hungry, free and reduced lunch programs are vital. As summer approaches Food Gatherers and Ypsilanti Community Schools are sponsoring Summer Food Service Programs.
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89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on summer food programs for low income kids.
 

According to Food Gatherers Community Food Programs Coordinator Kari Woloszyk it's important to break down the biggest barrier that keeps some kids from participating in these programs.  She says many think if they don't attend a church or participate in other events at one of the food sites they aren't eligible.  Woloszyk however says all kids can get a free meal.

Woloszyk says they also are working to make sure the program is available where kids spend their time such as libraries and community centers.  

The service starts next month and runs into August.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.