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School officials deal with student hunger

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One in five children in Bartholomew County may not know where their next meal is coming from.

That's nearly 4,000 local children, according to 2013 KIDS COUNT data.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Superintendent John Quick said educators see those children on Monday mornings, when they line up in the school cafeteria for the first breakfast they've had in days.

They also saw them this winter when cold temperatures and icy conditions left schools closed for two or three days at a time, leaving some without a nutritious meal during that same stretch.

"This hunger issue is not well known," Director of Elementary Education Teresa Heiny said.

For more on this story, see Thursday's Republic.

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