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Summer Food Service Program to give free meals to Denver youths

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As many as 12,000 Denver kids will get at least one free meal every day this summer under the city’s Summer Food Service Program.

Mayor Michael Hancock announced the program Monday. The food service will be available to kids younger than 18 at more than 90 locations, including Denver parks, recreation centers, libraries, churches and nonprofits, through Aug. 24.

“Summer break is a time when many of Denver’s children have limited access to healthy and nutritious foods,” Hancock said. “This collaborative program will help ensure our most vulnerable children are receiving consistent meals throughout the summer months.”

The program is a partnership of the city, Denver Public Schools, Food Bank of the Rockies and Hunger Free Colorado. Revolution Foods will provide meals at 14 sites.

The city’s Summer Food Service Program is part of a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and implemented through more than 20 local sponsors in the Denver area. The program has grown by more than 60 percent since 2009 and will provide healthy meals throughout the summer to an estimated 30,000 Colorado children.

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer break,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and chief executive of the Food Bank of the Rockies. “That’s why we are working tirelessly to get the word out about this great program by encouraging families who struggle to put food on the table to find a nearby meal site for their children.”

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