Summer meal program feeds children for free

Summer program offers free food for kids (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – School is out for the summer and that is bad news for the thousands of students who are enrolled in school lunch programs.

Summer lunch programs across the Miami Valley kicked off Monday.

Dayton Public Schools leaders say they already have nearly 4,000 meals set up daily.

The summer food service initiative offers free meals to any child in the area regardless of their income status. Children up through the age of 18 can get those lunches

“When children don’t get the proper nutrients obviously they don’t develop correctly. They can see stunted growth, inability to focus, difficulty learning, concentrating. We obviously work really hard during the school year to make sure that our kids eat so that they’re able to learn” said Cathie DeFehr, Dayton Public Schools nutrition director.

The program is offered through the USDA and the Ohio Department Of Education in an effort to keep kids in the community healthy.

For those meal locations and times, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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