New Report: 1 in 6 Low-Income Children Receive Summer Meals

2015-06-03

In July 2014, more than 3.2 million children in Summer Nutrition Programs, for a total of 1 in 6 low-income children, according to a recently released report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This indicates significant progress in reaching a higher proportion of children in needs. 

In its annual report, Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation, FRAC measures the success of Summer Nutrition Programs at the national and state levels by comparing the number of children receiving summer meals to the number of low-income children receiving school lunch during the regular school year. Results showed that 1 in 6 children who were in need of summer meals received them. This is an increase of 7.3% from 2013. Also in the report, 42 states increased Summer Nutrition participation, with 18 states growing participation by more than 10 percent.

However, FRAC notes that more work is needed to further strengthen Summer Nutrition Programs to meet children’s needs. Participation began dropping in July 2009 with decrease in child care and funding; however, the trend began to reverse in 2012 and has grown in years since. USDA set an ambitious goal to provide 10 million more summer meals in 2014 than in 2013. Comprehensive outreach, improved policies, and expanded partnerships with national, state, and local stakeholders all contributed to USDA surpassing its goal, providing 11 million more meals during summer 2014 than in 2013.

Click here to access the report.

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