Anti-poverty groups, policymakers and school administrators are gathering for a summit today at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City to explore ways to get more Ohio children to participate in summer food programs.
45 percent of Ohio school-aged children receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Summer participation in the seasonal companion program draws a fraction of eligible youngsters. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Undersecretary Kevin Concannon will discuss strategies for feeding more children during the summer months. Other participants include the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Association of Foodbanks, and the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.