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On Tuesday, the City of Cleveland kicked-off an after school program that provides hot and healthy meals to all school children.

“We want every child, school-age child, 5 to 18, to come to one of our recreation centers, have a meal, do their homework and participate in our programs,” said Kim Johnson, from the City of Cleveland.

The program is administered for free at any Cleveland recreation center in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Education and the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

“USDA has an earmark associated with this particular meal program and this program is managed through the Ohio Department of Education, so they approved us to be a sponsor statewide,” said Debra Parmer, from the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

The meal serving times are Monday to Friday between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., however, the hours vary by location.  Meals will be served during winter and spring breaks, but they will not be served during snow days and on holidays.

“I think it’s good,” said Shaleta Dawson, a parent. “I think that all the kids should be able to come to the center and have meals, stuff like that. I think that’s a wonderful thing, that the community is doing that.”

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article courtesy of Fox8Cleveland.com

LOCAL NEWS: Rec Centers Providing After-School Meals  was originally published on praisecleveland.com