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Free meals handed out to kids

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Summer vacation is here and that means less food for millions of kids across the country. The students who rely on free and reduced meals during the school year are usually left hungry in the summer months. But a new program in Huntsville City Schools could help to curb that problem.

A dozen schools in the district will hand out free meals to any kid under the age of 18. The child does not have to be enrolled in any of the schools that are offering the free meals. The summer meal program is funded by the USDA. In 2012, Congress appropriated $398 million dollars to fund the "Summer Food Service Program."

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dinner will be served from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be offered at the following schools: MLK Elementary, Morris Elementary, Highlands Elementary, Montview Elementary, University Place Elementary, McDonnell Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Chapman Middle School, Butler High School, Johnson High School.

Dinner will only be offered at 2 locations: Davis Hills Middle School and Westlawn Middle School.

Menu selections will be based on USDA nutritional guidelines. Parents are welcome to come eat with their child, but they will have to pay. The cost is $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch or dinner.

The program runs through July 26th.

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