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State Officials Want to Get Word Out on Food Assistance Programs

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Connecticut is launching a new initiative to make sure that children from low-income families are taking advantage of food assistance programs.

The effort is part of the national No Kid Hungry Campaign to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Agriculture Department Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon will join Governor Malloy and other officials to launch the initiative Wednesday at an elementary school in Middletown.

The goal is to boost enrollment in nutrition assistance programs designed to help children. Authorities say more than 127,000 children in Connecticut are at risk of hunger.

Only 25 percent of the state’s eligible children participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

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