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June 14, 2019
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District's summer meals include local ham, lettuce
District's summer meals include local ham, lettuce
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A school district in Virginia has increased the number of summer-meal distribution sites and is now serving more than 400 children every day. School Nutrition Director Amanda Warren said they also try to use local food in the meals, including ham and lettuce from nearby farms.
WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.) (6/13) 
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Ala. district opens 3 locations for summer meals
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