Summer breaks from school settings often mask a harsh reality for many
children in our communities: School is the only place a child might receive a
reliable meal during the day. In fact, in the 2017-2018 school year some 22 million
low-income children were served a free or reduced meal.
come to rely upon the foundational benefit of critical nutrition assistance in
the summer months when children are away from school, such as through Summer Meal
Programs. However, its funding cannot be taken for granted. Child nutrition
programs are made possible by Congress. However, the law allowing these
programs to function expired in 2015, and has only operated through
annual appropriations. The 116th Congress has begun the process of renewing or
“reauthorizing” these programs, and our voices and input are needed to ensure
these critical programs continue and are improved to better address the
nutritional needs of our hungry children.
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