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Volunteers reach goal of making 210,000 summer lunches

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Volunteers reached a goal of making more than 200,000 healthy summer lunches for children in need through the "Smart Kid, Smart Lunch" program of Action Ministries.
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ATLANTA, Ga. - Volunteers reached a goal of making more than 200,000 healthy summer lunches for children in need through the "Smart Lunch, Smart Kid" program of Action Ministries.

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The final count was 210,055 lunches that were packaged and delivered by 1,486 volunteers.

Children in 24 cities located in 13 counties across Georgia received the lunches. 

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid was created to help kids who rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year. They often go hungry during the summer months when school is out.

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"Last year, we exceeded our goal of serving 100,000 healthy lunches and for this year we set the bodacious goal of serving 200,000 lunches," said John R. Moeller, Jr., president and CEO of Action Ministries. "Volunteers from all walks of life heard our call and, while there is much more work to do, Smart Lunch, Smart Kid 2013 helped to kick child hunger in Georgia."

Smart Lunch, Smart Kid 2013 statewide sponsors include Arby's Foundation, Gas South, Sam's Club, United Methodist Communications, 11Alive WXIA, Walmart Foundation and WellCare of Georgia. 

Walmart and its associates supported the program through financial support, donations of time and essential food items pivotal to the initiative's success.


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