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Free dinner program for low-income kids

BRATTLEBORO (WKOW) --Wisconsin low-income school kids will soon have access to free dinners.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering reimbursements for meals served to at-risk kids in after-school programs in 13 states including Wisconsin.

Officials say the need is growing with about 49,000 children benefiting from after school meals each day.

A USDA report says the number of Americans who live in food-insecure households rose to 49 million people in 2008.   That's a large increase since 2007 climbing 36 million.  Within those homes are 16.7 million children.

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