Summer Food Programs




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It's not easy to care for your kids over the summer. Last week, we brought you fun, affordable ideas to keep your kids entertained. This week, we’re going to talk about how hard it can be to keep your kids fed.

 

According to data collected from the National School Lunch Program, over 22 million school-aged children qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Unfortunately, once summer rolls around, kids can no longer rely on their school for meals. As a result, summer is one of the worst times for child hunger.  

 

If you live in California, your kids may have an option for food and entertainment - their local library. Lunch At The Library is a nonprofit that provides healthy meals and summer reading programs to a variety of low income children in over 15 counties in California. To encourage kids to keep coming back, some programs even offer free books.

 

If you don’t live in California, you may still be able to find help. The USDA Summer Food Service Program has national resources to help you find summer meal programs, including a Summer Meal Site Finder. Note that most sites are located in populated city areas.

 

Child hunger is an important issue, and we here at SPAOA are always on the lookout for resources that can help you and your children stay healthy and full. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any additional resources that we find.

 






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