YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOLS Program provides snacks

Hayes Middle School will be the first site, with two others added next month.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A program to provide after-school snacks for children in three city schools begins Monday. Serving will begin at Hayes Middle School on Ford Avenue on the city's North Side at 4:30 p.m.
Two other sites will be added in March: Choffin Alternative School on East Wood Street and the Adams Alternative Program on Cooper Street. A total of 158 children will participate.
Suzanne Barbati of the Mahoning County special projects division said the program is for children who already participate in after-school programs at the three sites. There will be no cost for the snacks.
County commissioners sponsor the program with Youngstown City Schools, the United Way, the county Educational Service Center, the Youngstown Playground Association and the county Department of Job and Family Services.
Barbati said commissioners will pay the $17,500 cost of providing the snacks.
The county will be reimbursed by the Ohio Department of Education for the cost of feeding children from low-income families.
Barbati said she expects about 85 percent of the cost to be reimbursed.
Expansion of program
"This is the type of program we envisioned when we started the special projects division," said Commissioner Ed Reese. "It's really a countywide effort to make sure kids are nourished properly."
The snack program is an expansion of the county's summer food program, which provides nutritious meals for city children from low-income families.
Barbati said the goal is to provide snacks for children who need to eat after school but are at risk of not getting the proper nutrition.
Snacks will include items such as cereal, muffins, raisin bread, crackers and other similar foods.

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