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Summer food programs for kids

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --   Thousands of children in the Tri-Cities and all across the US depend on the free breakfast and lunch program at school.
The federal government is making sure, nothing changes during the summer time for kids who may not otherwise get a good meal though the Summer Food Service Program.
"It's to bridge the gap between the end of the school year and beginning of the next when there's a lot of needy kids in the area who might not otherwise get a lunch or breakfast," says Sam Shick, the Nutrition Service Director for Kennewick School District.
The only rule is the student has to be 8 years or younger, and you just need to show up at one of the school locations participating.
Kennewick Schools get out Friday, and Shick says he is preparing now, ordering food and training his staff.
He says they fed about 30,000 kids last year.
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