State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) today applauded Governor John Kasich for his authorization of spending for up to $1.5 million, which will provide needy children with food during their summer break when away from free lunches at school.

“I am very pleased that the governor chose to continue the weekend meals backpack program, which began last summer,” Rep. Smith said. “I was able to witness the enormous impact this program had on my district and I fully support the efforts to help overcome child hunger.”

According to a media statement by the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the funding will help support the weekend meals backpack program, which is a continuation from last year. The state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds will provide the funding.

The Ohio Association of Foodbanks stated in the release that the program distributed 600,846 weekend meals to children in 27 counties last year.

Rep. Smith represents the 93rd House District, which encompasses Jackson and Gallia counties, as well as portions of Lawrence and Vinton counties.

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