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Program to feed kids during summer months kicks off today

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Summer break sometimes means many children aren't eating as well as they should.  Today, an annual program kicks off to get them and their parents the help they need.

Garfield Park is one of what will be about 200 locations, where kids 18 and under can get free breakfast and lunch all summer.  The "Summer Servings" program has been around for about 13 years, but the need has certainly grown.  According to Indy Parks, studies show only one in 7 kids who are part of a free lunch program during school, are getting meals during the summer, so the idea is to get to as many as possible.

Indy Parks spokesperson Milele Kennedy says, "There's a gap in services a lot of times in the summer parents are still working, so it's harder for children to be able to get out to sites for parents to be able to get to a location where meals are being served."
 
Although the kick off is today, we caught up with kids at Broad Ripple park. There will also be locations at apartment complexes, libraries, anywhere kids may already be. It's free and available to any child up to the age of 18. No registration or ID is required.

Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard is helping with the official kick off today. When all is said and done, "Summer Servings" expects to serve anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 meals a day.

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