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San Diego Food Bank Expands Free Food Program For Poor Children

Officials plan to announce today the expansion of a program that provides food for children from poor families in Southeast San Diego on weekends.

Individuals and companies pledged enough money for the San Diego Food Bank's "Food 4 Kids Backpack Program'' to serve an additional 75 needy children, according to city officials. More than 1,100 students from 29 elementary schools are already enrolled.

Teachers and school nurses say that students who receive free or reduced- price meals at school during the week frequently return to class Monday on an empty stomach, affecting their ability to learn and behave.