Summer meals program aims to keep youngsters healthy when school is out

On a recent sweltering afternoon, a few dozen children sat on the gym floor at Grandy Village Recreation Center, devouring hot dogs, hamburgers and goldfish crackers. Occasionally they broke from eating to run, or just plain horse around.

"If we don't eat, we don't have the energy to play," 11-year-old Ahmonee Blount said.

It was a good reason for appreciating the meal, but also important was this: Grandy is a site for the federal Summer Food Service Program, which feeds students in low-income areas when school is out.

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