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Officials ramp up a federally funded lunch program for Nevada students not in session

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials are trying to ramp up a federally funded program that provides lunch to Nevada students when school isn't in session.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say they've identified Nevada as one of 12 states with low participation in the summer school lunch program, and are working with state and local officials to launch more feeding sites at churches, clubs and community organizations.

USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon says about 160,000 schoolchildren in Nevada are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch because of low family income, but only about 10,000 have access to the lunch program during the summer. He says many are at risk of going hungry during those months.

Koncannon says groups interested in providing a summer meal site should contact the state department of education.