Children are more likely to experience summer hunger as families struggle to make up for lost school meals.
During the school year, 22 million kids rely on the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced-price meals. And when school lets out, all those daily meals go away.
- Less than 4 million kids receive the meals the USDA Summer Food Service Program. That leaves a gap of 18 million children who may not know where their meals are coming from this summer.
- Last summer the Feeding America network of food banks provided 10 million meals to hungry children through the Summer Food Service Program.
- Summer meal programs focus on bringing food to places where kids spend time during the summer - maybe with lunch at a neighborhood pool or a meal during library storytime. Read more about how summer meal sites are delivering food and fun.
- Even if summer hunger is temporary, its impact can last a lifetime. Children who miss breakfast and lunch are more likely to be sick, inattentive and disruptive when they return to the classroom.
I usually get my food from school and the library…Eating food makes me feel a lot better so I can focus more.
Emily’s dad works very hard, but her family doesn’t always have enough food for everyone. Emily goes to her local library’s snack time where she can get a free meal – giving her a positive, safe environment and a full belly after school.