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Salinas free summer lunch program sees low turnout

Every year, the city hosts its free summer lunch and snack program to lend a helping hand to local families.

This program provides healthy meals and snacks to children under the age of 18, and while hundreds of families benefit from this program each year, this summer is different.

A child enjoys fresh strawberries during a free lunch hour at the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas, California.

During lunch, the children smiled and ate their pizzas, vegetables and strawberries at the César Chávez Library.

The library is one of six locations offering free meals as part of the program.

However, Deputy Librarian Mila Rianto says there has been a trend of smaller groups coming in to get free food at most locations.

The program usually sees 100 families come in daily for some meals, but Rianto says those numbers have been 20 to 25.

The question is, why.

Rianto says the lower turnout could be because the meals are for dinner, unlike previous distributions when parents were able to pick up and take meals home due to health and safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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