Kids Go Hungry over the Summer When School Is Out: What You Can Do

June 9, 2014 7:19 AM

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Kids Go Hungry over the Summer When School Is Out: What You Can Do

Summer vacation is usually thought about as a time when kids rejoice since they no longer have classes to attend, and are free to enjoy the warm weather, play, and have fun with their friends. For many children, however, summer vacations can actually be a time when they don’t have enough food to eat and go hungry. Children who take part in the federal nutrition programs at school rely on these meals to stay well-fed. For a lot of students, these are the only meals they received during the day. When school is out, the meals they relied on to fill their stomachs are no longer served.

How bad is it? According to the Food Research and Action Center in their Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report (2012), only one out of seven children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches also gets a free meal during the summer months. In other words, six out ...

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