Dept. of Ag under secretary visits with Sarah Moore Greene Eleme

Dept. of Ag under secretary visits with Sarah Moore Greene Elementary students

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Dr. Thornton chats with a student at Sarah Moore Greene. Dr. Thornton chats with a student at Sarah Moore Greene.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Children in the summer meals program at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary had lunch with a special visitor Tuesday.

Dr. Janey Thornton, agriculture deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, talked with students about the importance of eating well.

Dr. Thornton is hoping to raise awareness of the national program.

"We have students that are hungry. That truly about the only nutritious food they get would be at school," she said. "They need that to get their brain energized so that when school starts, the teacher doesn't have to start over again."

Dr. Thornton says they are now looking for ways to get children in rural areas to and from the summer meal programs.

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