Nutrition Programs For Kids

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- State officials say free meals for low-income students will be served at more than 18-hundred locations across the state this summer.

The Illinois State Board of Education oversees two federally funded summer food programs.

They're sponsored by the U-S Department of Agriculture and the federal National School Lunch Program.

The goal of both programs is to offer free nutritious breakfasts, lunches or snacks to children 18 years old or younger.

State Superintendent Christopher Koch says many students depend on the free meals and their needs don't end because school isn't in session.

Last summer, more than 95-thousand low-income students across the state ate free meals through the summer programs.

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