Kids Go Hungry During the Summer Months

In the last two years I have a learned many important things about children, education and poverty levels, as they relate to children, in the United States.  My news sources have evolved with the opportunity to write about all things children/child care.  I have become aware of issues that burden our country and our children that would have never occurred to me otherwise. 

Have you ever thought about the kids come from low income families that go to school and are provided their meals by the school lunch program?  If not for the school lunch program, they would go hungry.    More than 21 million children receive free and reduced meals at school.  Have you ever thought of the food that these low income children do not have access to when school is out?  I never did, until now. 

There is a program to try and help these children get nutritious meals even when school isn’t in session, closing that gap.  It is called the National Summer Food Service Program.  This week (June 11-15) is the Second Annual Kick Off Week!

Organizations/sponsors commit to providing sites and food for these low income children to attend and retrieve nutritious meals.  They don’t have to go hungry during the summer!

This newsletter from USDA provides more information about the program and how to get involved this week. 

IF you do nothing else, share this program on your Facebook page or quickly tell your friends that 21 million children are at risk of going hungry during the summer because they aren’t in school.  Make this something people actually think and talk about when they are talking about the different burdens and problems our children face in the United States. 

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.