Number of children using summer feeding program nearly doubled

Number of children using Yuma District summer feeding program nearly doubled

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Yuma--The Yuma Union High School district says they are seeing a spike in demand for meals served in their summer feeding program.

The student nutrition officials at Yuma Union High School district said the demand for meals served during summer months has nearly doubled since last year.

For many school children, the only meals they eat for the day are meals served at their school.

When school is closed, they depend on free meals distributed by YUHSD.

"It really did fill me up, cause I always was hungry and then when I ate I was so full," Stephanie Campos, a fourth grade student said.

"it was pretty good, its free, we come here almost everyday," 8th grade student, Esgar Campos said.

The summer feeding program provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides hundreds of students breakfast and lunch while schools are closed.

Emily Olmos, student nutrition specialist with the district said the demand for meals have nearly doubled.

"We averaged about a 150 per day at the library which is one of our biggest sites and this year the first day we had 94 and right now were at 220," Olmos said. "So its definitely increasing."

The meals are being distributed throughout several sites in Yuma County. Children up to age 18 qualify for free lunches.

"Hunger is out there and I think we're doing good because these kids and families are actually waiting for us," Olmos said.

Some parents said the program helps them out financially.

"It's been great because it relieves the stress of preparing 3 meals a day," Jennie Maecasillas said.

The summer feeding program will run until July 20th. Breakfast for adults is one dollar and lunch is 2 dollars.

For a full list of sites and schedules of when free meals are served click on saw it on 13.

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