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Indiana Makes Strides in Kids' Summer Meal Participation

Hundreds of thousands of lower-income Indiana children eat free or reduced-priced lunch and breakfast during the school day.

But when the bell rings for summer vacation, ensuring those same kids have access to nutritious meals can be a challenge.

A new report by the Food Research and Action Center found more than 75-thousand children received a summer meal in Indiana in July last year.

Emily Weikert Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says that's a 23-percent increase from the prior year.

Bryant explains some common barriers can keep children from participating, including parents who are unaware of the program, a lack of transportation, and an inadequate number of sites in an area to meet the need.

She says more outreach is needed to ensure all children who need food can get it during the summer months.