FRAC Report Finds Varied Performance among States and Recommends Steps to Make a Difference this Summer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018
Washington, D.C. – June 8, 2012 – Fewer low-income children participated in the nation’s summer nutrition programs in July 2011 than a year earlier, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation (pdf), an analysis by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011.
View a map with state rankings, participation numbers and participation percentages.
The continuing fallout of the recession has not only led to lost jobs and wages and more need for nutrition support for children, but also to major cuts in summer schools and youth programs. Fewer programs for kids have meant in many states fewer sites serving summer meals. In July 2011, FRAC found that only 14.6 children received summer meals for every 100 low-income children who ate school meals during the 2010-2011 school year – a significant drop from the July 2008 ratio of 17.3:100. Put in other terms, total participation nationwide in the Summer Nutrition Programs has dropped by 112,000 children since July 2008.
“FRAC’s report shows that the recession has meant that more children are using the regular school year food programs, but budget cuts are causing school districts and youth services providers in many states to eliminate or reduce their -summer programs. And that means fewer children are getting the summer meals they need to stay healthy and hunger-free,” explained FRAC President Jim Weill. “Participation in virtually every other federal nutrition program, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school meals, has grown in recent years to meet the increased need for such help. States, cities, and schools must redouble their efforts to ensure that children don’t pay the price of missed summer meals.”
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Help us increase participation in the summer meals. Together we can tackle childhood hunger.