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Preventing Hunger over the Summer, Tonight on 27 News at 10

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Nearly 50 percent of local students qualify for free or reduced lunch during the school year. That means many of those kids won't have regular access to healthy meals once school lets out.

So area districts are participating in a federal program to provide free lunch for area students even when school's not in session.

“The infrastructure is out here with schools,” said Jim Degan, the manager of school nutrition for the Janesville School District. “We have summer school program so children are coming to the buildings, that gives them a reason to come to the building and by us being prepared to feed them breakfast and lunch, that ensures they get at least a couple meals a day.”

Coming up Monday at 10, Kristin Barbaresi will take a look at how the program operates and the need it fills in our community.

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