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Summer Feeding Program expands to Cedar Falls

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More kids in need in Eastern Iowa can get healthy meals this summer. The summer feeding program expanded to kids in Cedar Falls this week. 

The program started in Waterloo last month, and gives kids a place to go to eat when school is out.

Summer break means losing school lunches, and those lunches are something a lot of kids rely on. 

That's why Unit Director Dave Cantonwine of the Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley says it's so important. 

The Boys and Girls Club of the Cedar Valley is working with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank to bring kids free lunches. 

"Well, it's the first time it's been done," said Cantonwine. "Let's do it. Why not?"

Today's lunch was spaghetti and watermelon served alongside a glass of milk. 

A goal for this summer feeding program is to make sure these kids eat a healthy meal in the summer, both nutritious and balanced. 

The free lunch is open to all kids in Cedar Falls, whether they have access to a meal during lunch time or mom just needs a day off. 

"We have lunch here and my mom doesn't really want to cook today," said 10 year old Elsa Green. 

On top of free lunch, the program keeps these kids busy with activities, making bracelets and new friends. 

It's a program Cantonwine says is rewarding to see in action.

"Just all the kids faces," said Cantonwine. "We've only done it three days now. Everyday we've either had new faces or  the same faces. So just seeing the kids say thank you, have their really good manners, say thank you, and clean up after themselves. It's just a really great feeling."

Cedar Falls almost didn't have this program, because fewer kids there qualify for free or reduced lunches.

It was made possible in part because of a $5,000 donation from Sartori Memorial Hospital.

The program will run through August 11th at Homes Junior High in Cedar Falls from 12 p.m to 2 p.m.

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