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Summer feeding program available in the Cedar Valley

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The end of school could mean the loss of meals for many students, but for children who are in need, there is a program that can help. 

"Kids are used to having breakfast and lunch at school, all of a sudden school is not in session, what do they do for food?" said Barbara Prather, Northeast Iowa Food Bank executive director.  
This a question the Waterloo school district and the Northeast Iowa Food Bank are partnering together to answer 
School is out for the summer, but school lunches are still available for students in the Cedar Valley, thanks to a partnership between the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the Waterloo school district and many other community partners. 

"When the kids are in school there is always a breakfast and lunch available. During the summer there just isn't that consistency," said Heather Bathen, food service director for Waterloo schools.
The main goal is to make sure kids eat a health diet during the summer months 
"Last year we served over 20,000 meals in the Cedar Valley area, which are Waterloo and Evansdale where we currently serve at. So I think its been very helpful," said Bathen.
And the program can help all children; there are no restrictions.  
"This is just another way we can reach out into the community and get food into the tummies of kids who need help," said Prather. 
There are many locations in the Cedar Valley that children can visit to take advantage of this program. Those locations include: The Salvation Army, Boys & Girls Club and select schools in the Cedar Valley. For more information visit:

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