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Nassau to provide free lunch to eligible kids during summer recess

Nassau County plans to provide free lunch to 2,000 eligible youth during the summer recess from school.

County Executive Edward Mangano announced this week that the county would provide as many as 70,000 free meals to eligible children up to the age of 18.

The lunches are part of the Nassau County Summer Food Services Program, which is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New York State Education Department.

The lunches will be provided in July and August to eligible youth who attend camps and community-based programs that have been selected by the county to serve as summer lunch sites. "No one, especially our children, should go hungry or suffer from food insecurity," Mangano said in a news release.

For a complete list of the camps and community programs offering the free lunches, and to determine eligibility, call Carl DeHaney Jr., special assistant to the Department of Social Services commissioner, at 516-227-7406.