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Hillsborough schools start serving dinner

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It's hard to imagine that some of our children here in the Bay area are not getting enough to eat, but according to Feeding America, Florida was among five states in the country with the highest rates of children coping with hunger.

On Monday, four Hillsborough County elementary schools will start offering another meal -- dinner -- for students.

The school board recently approved the plan. The schools are Just, Potter, Sulphur Springs and Booker T. Washington.

Schools in Hillsborough are used to serving breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks, but this will be the first time that some offer a later meal.

At least 95 percent of students at these four school qualify for free or reduced meals. County officials say there is a significant connection between learning and hunger. If kids are hungry, they won't learn as well.

Students must be enrolled at one of the schools and attend after-school programs to qualify for the new meal.

The schools will start by serving cold meals, like sandwiches and wraps.

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