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June 16, 2013

Week in Review

(Continued)

Deputies also arrested Dustin R. Jones, 27, 100 block of West Riverside Drive, Peru, on a probation violation warrant. Authorities said he was one of the three men who approached Bex’s house.

Deputies said they continue to investigate the incident and expect to file more charges.

Wednesday

Free summer lunch programs benefit area kids.

Ten-year-old Elijah Belcher tightly wrapped a tortilla stuffed with meat, cheese and veggies Tuesday and hand fed it to his 3-year-old sister.

All around the clubhouse at Garden Square Apartments, children shoved soft-shell tacos into their mouths, trying hard not to spill the contents in their laps.

It was the second day of the Kokomo School Corp. Summer Food Service Program. By noon, nearly 30 kids showed up at the apartment complex for a free meal.

Schools, parks and recreation services, nonprofits and churches across the nation are serving these free meals as part of a summer program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Summer food programs help lower-income students return to school ready to learn and help parents stretch their food dollars at home during the summer months.

“Feeding programs are vital to education,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said. “Hungry kids cannot learn or retain knowledge effectively. Good nutrition is essential for learning in school, but hunger does not take a summer vacation.”

There are four Howard County sites this year. Kokomo Schools operates one at Garden Square and one at Carver Community Center. Taylor Community Schools runs one at Taylor Primary School in Indian Heights. According to the Indiana Department of Education, Kokomo Rescue Mission also has an open site at its facility. They couldn’t be reached Tuesday to confirm that, though.

Eight-year-old Landen Johnson sucked chocolate milk through a straw and quickly gobbled up the tacos, green beans and peaches on his plate at Garden Square. He was still hungry, though.

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