No Kid Hungry in the Summer: The Case for Improving Summer Meals through CNR

October 24, 2014

Lucy Melcher, Associate Director, Advocacy, Share Our Strength

Summer is the hungriest time for children from low-income families. Consider this: the average low-income family spends $300 a month more on groceries during the summer months. These families are already struggling to get by, and lack of access to summer meals puts additional pressure on their already limited finances.

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The Summer Food Service Program was created by Congress in 1968 to ensure low-income kids get enough nutrition in the summer. But since then, it has been a one-size-fits-all program that only meets the needs of a fraction of low-income kids. Where the program works, it works well. All over the country, communities and local non-profit organizations come together to set up summer meals sites, allowing kids to eat a healthy meal while enjoying great programming. But the reality is that for millions of kids, the program isn’t working.

First, today, more than one-third of low-income kids in America live outside of communities eligible to have an open summer meals site. That means that on its face, the summer meals program is leaving millions of kids with no shot at getting a meal. Second, transportation and accessing sites is a real change

The reauthorization of the child nutrition programs (CNR) in 2015 is our opportunity to fundamentally improve the way we feed hungry kids during the summer. We need to ensure states and communities have the flexibility to implement summer meals programs that reach low-income kids, no matter where they live.

Ensuring that kids have enough to eat during the summer isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do. When kids don’t get the nutrition they

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need over the summer, it has long-term impacts on their ability to start their school year off ready to learn, on their health, and on their future development.

Read more about Share Our Strength’s policy priorities for CNR here  and join us for a webinar on November 20th to learn more about the opportunities in CNR to reach more hungry kids in the summer months.  Register here.

 

No Kid Hungry in the Summer: The Case for Changes to Summer Meals in CNR
Webinar
Thursday, November 20th
2:00-3:00 PM

Click here to register

Summer is the hungriest time for children from low-income families. All over the country, communities and local non-profit organizations come together to set up summer meals sites, allowing kids to eat a healthy meal while enjoying great programming. But the reality is that for millions of kids, the program isn’t working.

The reauthorization of the child nutrition programs (CNR) in 2015 is our opportunity to fundamentally improve the way we feed hungry kids during the summer. Join the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices on November 20th to learn more about the opportunities in CNR to reach more hungry kids in the summer months.