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School program keeps kids fed through summer

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REDDING, Calif. - Businesses around the Northstate are collecting food donations for our Stuff The Bus Friday when KRCR News Channel 7 and Ford dealerships will be stuffing two city buses with food for Salvation Army.

Many kids would go hungry in Shasta County if it were not for school programs that keep them fed and focused.

According to the Shasta County Office of Education of the 26,315 kids in Shasta County enrolled in the school lunch program, 52.9 percent depend on free and reduced lunches.

For Enterprise Elementary School District, the number is even higher, with 70 percent of students qualifying.

When kids are out of school for summer, the district's Food Service Director Denise Ohm said they offer what's called the Seamless Summer Feeding Program, providing free meals five days a week to children who are 18-years-old and younger.

"This is federal money. The idea is that if a certain percentage of students qualify during the regular school year, that need does not go away in the summer. I know that kids are super appreciative, and I think if that's possible, the parents are more appreciative," Ohm said.

Ohm said they have 15 sites this summer at locations including kids kingdom, YMCA and more, and are expecting to feed 700 youths.

Each meal is filled with nutrition such as greens, fruits, milk and more.

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