May 24, 2014 6:22 PM

The heat is on to fight childhood hunger this summer

As the school year winds down, the guaranteed two meals a day for some low-income children go away. That’s why officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been touring the country to encourage more community centers, libraries, schools, churches and other groups to offer summer food programs. USDA officials have put special emphasis this year on 11 states — Missouri among them — where summer hunger is a significant struggle.

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