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Casey presses to expand childhood hunger program


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(Philadelphia) — Pennsylvania’s senior U.S. senator is pushing to expand a program that provides nutritious meals to vulnerable children.  

Democratic Senator Bob Casey is slated to explain his proposal later today at the YMCA in South Philadelphia, which provides healthy meals to children.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program offers food assistance to children in a family child care home if 50 percent of the community is eligible for free or reduced price lunches during the school year. 

Casey’s measure would change that to 40 percent.  

The proposal also allows family child care homes to serve a third meal during the day for children who are there for eight hours or longer.

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