June 10, 2015

Statement Attributable to Matt Knott, president of Feeding America:

"Feeding America strongly endorses the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015, which would provide an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to low-income families to help them purchase food during the summer months when school is out and they no longer have access to school breakfast and lunch.

"More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch at schools during the school year, but only 18 percent of those children receive a summer meal. If we want to close the summer meal gap, we need to invest in additional ways to reach kids. We are proud to support their legislation to expand the summer EBT program, a program with a demonstrated record of success.

"The Legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Representative Susan Davis of California."


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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


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