Summer food service program could be updated and expanded

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (localmemphis.com) – Congress is working to make sure kids across the country have better access to meals when they’re out of school.

The Department of Agriculture’s summer food service program provides free meals to low-income students when school is not in session.

Instead of kids traveling to a specific site for food, the new bill would give states the option to deliver it to them, or in some cases allow eligible families to get more food stamps.

“Somebody needs to take care of them. We have programs to do this, but the problem is the rules haven’t changed since the 1960s. The world’s a very different place,” said Arkansas Sen. John Boozman.

The Department of Agriculture served more than 150 million meals and snacks to kids last summer.

Senator Boozman thinks his plan could be up and running by next summer.

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