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Governor Bullock and first Lady kick off Summer Meals Program

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EAST HELENA -

Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock helped kick off the summer meal program in East Helena.

Even though schools out in Montana, that doesn't mean children aren't hungry. This summer about a half a million meals will be served to students from low income families through the Summer Meal program.

"Which is an amazing way to address a community's needs that isn't suspended just because school is out," Lisa said.

Gov. Bullock said, "I mean this is an incredible program. These are, essentially a program that doesn't cost the student or parents anything. Its paid for by the US Department of Agriculture. And there's no testing anyone under the age of 18 can come and get a good meal."

The program also offers learning activities that promote healthy eating. Today, children were taught how to plant beans.

"We want to show them that they can plant something for themselves," Helena community garden volunteer, Jim Barngrover said. "Take home, grow something, watch it grow, nurture it and have good food from the effort."

Volunteer Angella Barngrover said,"The statistics are astounding. Kids are hungry, and so many kids that do not have healthy food to eat. So this was a fun event, but it is shedding light on a important matter."

And the kids seem to really like to food!

"I like that we get to have free lunch, and we get to have open seating and we get to sit where we like," student, Kyle Engdahl said.

So at the end of the day the positive influence the summer meal program makes is a beat we can all dance too.

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