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Prince George’s schools offer breakfast and lunch to students during summer

With students running a higher risk of obesity and hunger during their summer break, Prince George’s County schools have joined an effort to provide the youngsters with free breakfast and lunch.

More than 60 schools throughout the county will serve the meals until Aug. 1.

“Providing continuous meals throughout the summer helps children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow,” Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools said in a statement.

Share Our Strength, a nonprofit that seeks to end hunger among school-age children, conducted a national survey last year and found that more than half of the families whose children receive free- and reduced-meals at school find it harder to make ends meet when school is out and 43 percent said they sometimes find themselves without enough food during the summer months.

According to Share Our Strength, the average low-income family spends $300 more a month to feed their children during the summer, placing a greater financial strain on the family.

The school system joins the library system in providing meals over the summer. Several library branches in the county are serving lunch to children ages 2 to 18 during the summer.

The schools will serve breakfast to children 18 and under from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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