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Wicomico Co. Offers Food Assistance After School Year

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SALISBURY, Md. - Nutritious meals have been on the table all year along with a new focus this year on Michelle Obama's "Healthy Hungry Free Kids Act".

There's no complaints from Chipman Elementary School students in Salisbury.

But as the year winds down, so too does the security of knowing you have two meals a day.  For some, it's the harsh reality that hunger doesn't end when the school year does.

"They depend on us for breakfast and lunch," said Kristy Capobianco, a Chipman Elementary school counselor.

Lisa Gurkin, a special education teacher says that "it is hard for them knowing, 'I'm going home and this is the last thing I'm going to eat today.'"

In Wicomico County, 60 percent of students rely on Free and Reduced Meals. At Chipman, that number is closer to 85 percent. To ease the burden for struggling parents, the school board and the Maryland Food Bank teams up again to offer free meals, even for kids not at summer school.    

"It's hard to put food on your table for free meals, healthy meals and we understand it," said Capobianco. "We're here to help them."

"We're at playgrounds, parks, where we offer breakfast and lunch to anybody regardless of their income," said Eric Goslee, Wicomico County food service supervisor.

Among the locations, Doverdale playground and the Christian Shelter, but officials say new locations will likely be added before the first week of June.

"They have a little more comfort knowing when [parents] go away to work, their children are going to be taken care of," said Jennifer Small, Maryland Food Bank-Eastern Shore.

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