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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City School District’s food distribution expands to include non-district students this week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers school lunch programs, decided to continue its Summer Food Service Program. That’s the program that enabled the city school district to feed all students, ages 1 to 18, throughout last spring and summer, regardless of what school or district they attended.

The decision means that the city school district’s weekly food distribution will expand beyond just its students, starting this week.

“We’re excited to be able to feed more scholars during this time of unprecedented need,” Tascin Brooks, food service chief, said. “The change means that all scholars, ages 1 to 18, will be fueled with healthy, nutritious meals that prepare them for learning.”

This week’s distribution will be Tuesday because of the Labor Day holiday. It will return to Monday the following week.

School district CEO Justin Jennings said he welcomes the change.

“Any decision that means more scholars will be fed is a good decision,” he said. “This is just another opportunity for us to help more families. I’m glad we’ll be able to offer meals to more scholars like we did this past spring and summer.”

The process will be similar to the school district’s weekly distribution offered during the statewide school shutdown and through the summer.

Distribution will be curbside and five breakfasts and five lunches per student will be given out.

As in the spring, distribution will be each Monday (except this week when it will be Tuesday), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be eight sites:

Paul C. Bunn Elementary, 1825 Sequoya Drive

Harding Elementary, 1903 Cordova Ave.

Martin Luther King Elementary, 2724 Mariner Ave.

Volney Rogers Elementary, 2400 S. Schenley Ave.

Williamson Elementary, 58 Williamson Ave.

Wilson Elementary, 2725 Gibson Ave.

Chaney High, 731 S. Hazelwood Ave.

East High, 474 Bennington Ave.

No student identification cards will be needed to pick up the meals.

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