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Summer, hungriest time for city youth. Meals program tries to fill the gap

Summer, hungriest time for city youth. Meals program tries to fill the gap

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One thing about summer, according to the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, it’s the hungriest time of year for children in the city. School is out, and tens of thousands of working class/low-income students can no longer rely on school meals. To fill the gap, today, the mayor announced the start of this summer's free meals program. "When young people have empty stomachs," Nutter said, "it is harder to fill their minds with information and knowledge, and their days with constructive learning and play." Breakfast, lunch and/or snacks will provided to children at more than 1,000 recreation centers, churches, schools, parks, and community centers throughout the city, thanks to various federal and local agencies. Click here for the site directory and more info, or call 311.

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Kia Gregory is a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She's a proud native of the city and an alumna of Temple University. Contact Kia by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-2601.


Vernon Clark, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has reported extensively neighborhood issues in North and Northwest Philadelphia. Vernon has also been an editor for the Inquirer and has worked as an editor and writer at the Boston Globe and Akron Beacon Journal. Contact Vernon by e-mail by clicking here, or by phone at 215-854-5717.

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