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Free meals offered to kids throughout summer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) - School districts all over Connecticut are making sure kids don't go hungry during the summer.

Gail Sharry, the Director of Food Service for New Haven Public Schools, said, "We do about 3,000 breakfasts and anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 lunches a day and then about a thousand suppers every night."

The program is called "Free Summer Meals." Kids and teens under 18 can grab breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

There are 700 locations in the state.

The New Haven Public School district will go to numerous sites starting June 24. Sharry added, "We have school sites, church sites, we have community centers, we have parks. Sometimes, it's a deli sandwich. Sometimes, it might be a salad prepared that we do or it could be a yogurt plate or a bagel plate."

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Food preparers say their job is fulfilling. 

Krima Byrd told News 8, "I love my job. I love preparing the meals. Just the feedback we get it keeps us going here."

The organization, End Hunger Connecticut, is an outreach program working to get the word out. Shannon Yearwood added, "In our society, they say there's no such thing as a free lunch and we are here to say 'yes, there is, and it's for kids and we really want them to come out and to join this.'"

"So, in order for this to happen we need to go and actually have conversations with people and give them information about how to find the locations." Byrd said, "As we all know, a lot of them won't get at home three meals a day so for us to be here and be able to prepare meals for them to still be able to get breakfast and lunch it makes us all happy."

For more information, call 211 or visit www.CTSummerFood.org.


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