After the Bell: Summer programs cut due to low donations

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by CHRIS FLANAGAN

WFAA

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 7 at 3:50 PM

DALLAS - Summer time inside of the Umphress Road United Methodist Church in Dallas is usually buzzing.

But, this year, the church had to cut its summer program because its sponsor, the non-profit Wilkinson Center, has seen a steep drop in donations.

 The center has slashed its entire summer program, which cost $86,000, which means about 300 kids have nowhere to go this summer. For many of them, no summer program means they miss out on meals.

"This was the breakfast and lunch for most of these kids, so that was a significant loss as well," said Brian Burton, executive director of the Wilkinson Center. "When there is no summer program, only one in five kids has access to a summer feeding program."

The Wilkinson Center says several local corporations are interested in helping out next summer.

E-mail: cflanagan@wfaa.com

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