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Local, free lunch program ends weeks before school starts

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Food served at lunch in Keokuk High School. Food served at lunch in Keokuk High School.
KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

A local program that feeds kids over summer break is stopping before school even starts.

The free summer lunch programs have been a much-needed source of food for some kids in Keokuk. But now those families will have to find another way to feed those kids.

Kids have been eating lunch in the high school cafeteria since May but starting next week, they will go without food for almost two weeks before the first day of classes start.

Food Services Supervisor Sarah Wetzel said they try to serve as long as possible. She said the two weeks will be used towards maintenance in the cafeteria and days off for staff members.

Families said they need this program.

"It's perfect," Keokuk Parent Janice Weilandich said. "It's great for our community. It gives the kids a chance to come in and eat. Our football players come in to eat after practice and the band comes in and eats. It's just great for the community." 

Wetzel said during the week-and-a-half layoff, families are urged to call this USDA hotline (1-866-3-HUNGRY). They can also find the closest program by CLICKING HERE

The Keokuk lunch program runs until Friday, Aug. 11. Meals are served from 11:30 a.m. to noon. 

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