By Katye Martens, USA TODAY
A program that provides low-income children with summer meals, is seeing an increase in demand.
The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee's "Summer Child Nutrition Program" fed more than 68-thousand children in June. That's about 1300 more students than last year.
The meals are given out at 73 sites in Knox County, including city recreation programs like the one at Deane Hill, summer schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and other community youth groups.
Organizers say it's important to make sure all kids have nutritious food to eat over summer break.
"These very same children that are lower income children that have these meals during the school year are as hungry in the summer time as they are during the school year, and so it's important that the community organize itself to meet that need," said Barbara Kelly, CAC Executive Director.
The CAC says 41% of all children enrolled in school last year qualified for free or reduced-cost meals at school.