Mini grants available for summer meal sponsors

Courtesy Kentucky Department of Education

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) — Thousands of children rely on meals they receive through school and will lose access to those important meals in a few months when school lets out for the summer.

Reports show that 1 in 12 students who receive free or reduced-price meals are connected to the free summer meals program in Kentucky.

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The Summer Food Service Program in Kentucky has grown significantly, but there is still a need for 5.8 million additional summer meals for kids.

The Kentucky Association of Food Banks recently announced that funding through Anthem Medicaid will provide $25,000 in mini grants from funding through Kentucky Kids Eat in order to support the summer meals.

Funding will be made available to summer meal sponsors and 17 sponsors will receive mini grant funding.

The Summer Food Service Program is run by the Kentucky Department of Education.