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Summer food program to feed hungry Arizona kids

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Education is reaching out to Valley residents to ensure they know about the federally funded Summer Food Program for children.

"When they are not in school, children would not have the opportunity to receive a nutritious meal if it wasn't for programs like these," said department spokeswoman Mary Szefranski.

The program provides free lunches to children from low-income households at various sites throughout the state. There are also mobile sites.

According to the United Food Bank, Arizona is tied for worst in the nation when it comes to child hunger, with 1 in 4 not getting enough to eat.

"We serve approximately four million meals every summer which tells me there are a lot of low income in our communities," Szefranski said.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

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