Rural Kids Get Less Food Assistance

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(photo courtesy of Wyoming News Service)
(photo courtesy of Wyoming News Service)

A new national report shows less than one fifth of children who qualify for free or reduced school lunches have access to a comparable nutrition program when school is out for the summer.

In Wyoming, roughly 25,000 kids get government help through school lunch programs, but only about 4,000 get free meals during the summer. Crystal FitzSimmons with the Food Research and Action Center says a lot of the time, it's because kids can't get to where they need to be.

Nationwide, half of the states saw fewer children getting sumer meals last year than in 2011.

Food insecurity affects roughly 32 percent of kids in Sheridan County School District #2. Stay tuned to Sheridan Media News to learn about how this issue is being addressed locally.

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