Virginia's First Lady kicks off summer food program in Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 10:27 PM

NORFOLK -- It's part of a statewide effort to make sure kids don't go hungry.

Virginia's first lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced her plan to extend school meals to students during the summer break. 

Summer is a time that most students look forward to: no homework and fun with friends. For nearly 300,000 students in the state, however, the final bell of the year is actually cause for concern. 

"A lot of the kids that are getting the free and reduced lunches are really not looking forward to getting out of school because it means they have less access to food," said Leslie Van Horn with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks. 

Dorothy McAuliffe's Summer Food Service Program is going to change that. On Thursday, Virginia's first lady held a kick off event at Coleman Place Elementary School in Norfolk. 

"As a mom and an advocate, I've always been very focused on the fact that a lot of children go hungry in the commonwealth of Virginia," McAuliffe said during the kick off event at Coleman Place Elementary School. 

Kids under 18 years of age in need of food can use the program to get two free, healthy meals a day. 

More than a dozen locations have been set up throughout Hampton Roads. To find the location nearest you click here or text FOOD to 877-877. 

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