Program brings meals to hungry city kids

Those who qualify for free and reduced price lunch in Baltimore City schools – 84 percent of students -- have few options in the summer.

But a federally-sponsored program will bring food to many of these kids beginning Tuesday, when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Family League will announce goals that include an increase in meals to 1.5 million, up from 1.24 million last summer.

As part of the program, Mobile Meals brings food twice a day to young children and teens in underserved areas of the city, and officials are seeking changes to the program to increase the meals to three a day.

"There is no excuse for any child in our city to worry where their next meal will come from, and they should never, ever go to bed hungry," said Rawlings-Blake in a statement. "This summer, we have strengthened partnerships to help ensure that all of our kids have access to nutritious meals, because we know that good nutrition is essential to a child's growth and development."

The new goals are based on serving 60 percent of the more than 46,300 kids who currently get free lunches during the school year.

The Mobile Meals program will bring food to 11 sites. Families interested in food programs can go or call 211.

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