The Summer Nutrition Programs, in normal times,
provide funding to sponsors, such as schools,
local government agencies, and private nonprofit
organizations, to offer healthy meals at sites that
typically provide educational, enrichment, physical, and
recreational activities. This combination helps combat
summertime food insecurity, weight gain, and learning
loss among children, all of which increase during the
summer months for low-income children. The Summer
Nutrition Programs also play an important role in
helping to meet child care needs.
This report analyzes national and state participation
in the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2019 when
compared to participation in the National School Lunch
Program (NSLP) during the 2018–2019 school year.