About 2,000 children each day are getting free meals in Sioux City through a program that provides breakfasts and lunches at schools and churches.
More children are getting nutritious meals through the Summer Food Service Program, offered by the Sioux City school district with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
It's the 12th year for the program, which expanded to five more schools this year. That has enabled organizers to provide food to about 700 more children daily than last year.
Rich Luze, the district's food service director, said the increased participation demonstrates the need for the program.
Server Julie Koetters says she enjoys interacting with children and seeing their smiling faces. She said it's clear many children need the free, nutritious meals.