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SCS kicks off summer nutrition program

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) - 20,000 kids a day received free meals last year through the SCS Summer Food Service Program.

By the end of summer they served roughly one million meals.

While school is out for summer, kids younger than 18 years old, regardless if they are an SCS student, can still receive three free nutritious meals per day as part of the district's summer nutrition program.

Summer youth programs, from athletic programs to vacation Bible schools, can utilize the program by serving the meals.

One North Memphis non-profit leader recalled one particular four year old who was especially hungry and helped by this service.

"The kid was starving," said Barry Blackstone with Universal Center Corporation, "To me, in a city such as Memphis and in a nation as the United States we shouldn't have that. I'm so grateful for this program."

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said they need to reach more people with the nutrition program, adding last year there was room for more kids.

"We're making a plea now: We have more meals than are being consumed. Let's put them in a wholesome environment," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "This is a real need and I don't care how rough things get when it comes to government finances. This is a need that must be met and will be met."

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell spoke at Thursday's kickoff for the program, adding that there is no excuse for hunger with services like this.

The summer nutrition program runs from June 1 through July 25. To receive free meals for individual children, families can call 901-416-8280 to find the nearest location offering the free meals.

Organizations and non-profits wanting to serve meals at their summer youth program can contact the Department of Nutrition Services at 901-416-5550.

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