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Ohio city taking part in childhood hunger effort

TROTWOOD, Ohio (AP) — A suburban Dayton city will be part of a national program to reduce childhood hunger.

Trotwood is among 21 U.S. cities in the National League of Cities program aimed at helping cities expand their afterschool and summer meal programs.

Trotwood plans to send three representatives to a Philadelphia academy in June to learn more on expanding programs. City representatives then can apply for grants and technical assistance.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Trotwood was chosen because of the city's existing partnership with Trotwood-Madison schools and the local YMCA, and support from Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron.

City officials say an economic downturn has led to growing need, with some 70 percent of children qualifying for reduced lunches. The city has some 25,000 residents.