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Jul 1, 2010 6:53 PM by Donna Kelley

Montana's Summer Food Program one of the best

During summer break, "kids should not worry about getting enough to eat." That's what Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says.

Montana's Summer Food Service Program is providing healthy food to an increasing number of low-income children when school is out and is in the top five states in reaching eligible low-income children.

Studies show that children who are hungry are more likely to be in poor health and less likely to form friendships, to be curious and to learn.

"The schools, non-profits, and communities that sponsor summer food sites are meeting a real need," said Juneau. "This is a very real problem in our state and we need to all find ways to make sure children do not go hungry."

One in 10 people in Montana live in households where there is not always enough nutritious food.

The Food Research and Action Center's report finds 6,600 children were served meals in Montana communities last year, 900 more than in 2008.

Click here to learn more about summer lunch sites and how to volunteer or donate or call 1-800-809-4752.

The website shows maps of summer lunch sites by city or county and hours they are open.

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