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City of Las Vegas votes to expand child hunger program

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved an agreement to expand a food program for children who attend 44 Safekey sites.

The program is a joint venture between the city of Las Vegas, Clark County School District and nonprofit Three Square.

A pilot program was launched at 15 sites last year. Students are provided with a light meal before and after school.

Students at Safekey sites that qualify for free and reduced lunch are prepared meals by Three Square chefs which include plenty of fruit and vegetables, among other items.

"Inadequate food nutrition has been shown to have a debilitating effect on a child's cognitive and even physical functions, often leading to the child's underperformance in school and resulting in lower academic achievement on the part of the undernourished child," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. "Programs such as these are a critical tool to help fight hunger and increase nutrition for our young people."

Funds for the program are provided by a USDA Child and Adult Care Food program grant at no cost to the city or school district.

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