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Elyria City School District now offering free dinner for students

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Posted at 11:03 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 09:09:23-04

ELYRIA, Ohio — In addition to breakfast and lunch, the Elyria City School District is now offering its students dinner.

It's a brand new program for all kids in the district.

Monday-Friday from 4-5:30pm at Elyria High School students 18 and under can grab a hot meal and folks are already taking advantage of the program.

"We go home, we start homework then we get halfway done with homework then we come down here, we leave here and go start homework again," said Tunisha Winborn.

Winborn has been bringing all of her grand children to the dinner program since it started a few weeks back.

"It makes it easier, that way they all get something to eat," she said.

Kyle Suerth is the mastermind behind this program. He says he got the idea from an athletic trainer.

"She said she was bringing stuff from home just to make sandwiches for the kids every single day because they were so hungry," said Suerth.

In addition to the athletes who need to eat before games and practices, Suerth says some of the students in the district wouldn't get to eat dinner otherwise.

"If they don't have anything to go home and grab, or if there's no food here all day and there may not be food at home, that's something that we really need to pay attention to," he said.

Although parents can't eat dinner with their kids at the school, the district recently opened a food pantry for everyone.