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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