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Summer program feeds children in Marion County

Photo by Ryan Lewis/ Times Free Press Photo by Ryan Lewis/ Times Free Press

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A summer feeding program is bringing nutrition to children across Marion County.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, 75% of the students in the Marion County public schools qualify for free or reduced cost lunches during the school year.

About four years ago, South Pittsburg Housing Authority Executive Director Terry Case said he began wondering what those students were doing for food during the summer. A federal grant was obtained to begin the Summer Feeding Program.

The effort is expected to serve nearly 20,000 meals this summer in South Pittsburg, Whitwell and Jasper.

The eight-week-long program provides lunches for anyone up to age 19.

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