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A new report finds that only one in eight Michigan children who are eligible for free and reduced lunches during the school year are participating in summer meal programs.  That means nearly 500,000 children are not accessing summer meals.  

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An annual survey of child poverty in Michigan indicates continuing challenges for kids and families struggling to attain economic security.  

The 2016 Kids Count survey was conducted by the Michigan League for Public Policy based in Lansing.

The league is emphasizing a sobering piece of data stemming from this years report.  

It says that since 2006, child poverty has gone up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.  That, it says, leads to struggles in every other area of a child’s life.  

This year’s marks the 25th Kids Count survey in Michigan.