Free Summer lunches for kids start Monday

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Lunch is about to be served.

Starting Monday, 150 locations across Lucas County will have free lunches ready for children who qualify.

Anyone up to 18 years of age can eat lunch on weekdays at places such as the Wayman Palmer YMCA on 14th in Toledo.

It's offered to everyone as part of program designed to bridge the gap between academic years, when free or reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches are typically gone for the Summer.

Last year, there were 117 sites offering the meals for kids.

This year, it's up to 150.

The program is possible because of 30 different partners, including Promedica, the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo and Feed Lucas County Children.

Four out of five children who are enrolled in Toledo Public Schools qualify for this program, but no one will be turned away.

The hours vary from site to site.

"Everyone thinks that it's like school - all of the sites are running all day, every day. Doesn't happen that way," explains Wendi Huntley, with Feed Lucas County Children. "Some of the sites do run all day, every day, but others run two days a week for four hours, others may run just for the lunch hour every day during the week."

To find the location nearest you, you can pick up the phone and call 211.