The problem is straightforward – For most kids and teens, summer is a time of fun and excitement, but for 22 million young people in communities across the country it also means the end of access to free and reduced-price meals that nourish them during the school year.
Families continue to cope with the summer struggles, often times having to make tough choices in order to put food on the table. During the summer, the Feeding America network of food banks have developed innovative summer feeding programs to reach more children and teens.
Help us put the heat on summer hunger! Tell your representatives to visit a summer feeding program to learn how they play a vital role to help kids in their communities.
Real Stories of Hunger: Zoey
“I love the free lunch program. I go every day … It’s really good food that gives me the energy I need to be active and play with my friends. It also helps my mom not stress, because she doesn’t have to worry about finding money to feed us extra meals during the summer.” Zoey shares how the summer lunch program helps her and her family.