Children still get meals through the summer

Posted by George Felan on Jul 7, 2011 0 Comments »

Students eat free all summer through the help of the US Department of Agriculture. With the 2010-2011 school year ending some parents are worried about their children getting the nutrition they need. But starting Monday the summer lunch program kicks off. Throughout the United States schools are getting out for the summer. Schools provide education, security, stability and yes, even nutrition. So what are parents suppose to do for 3 months when the school year ends? Many low-income families rely on the school their children go to for breakfast and lunch for the kids. Families go from providing only 11 meals a week to have to provide 21 meals a week at the start of summer. Then we must figure in how many children live in the home and the income of the home. Summer grocery shopping bills can increase as much as 5 times. In the 1980′s the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) set up a program that would insure that kids no matter what their income bracket was would have access to nutritional foods throughout the summer as well as during the school year. This program is the Summer Food Service Program. In the Inland Northwest, some schools in Northern Idaho have already began serving food through the summer food program, while over 80 locations throughout Spokane County will start serving on Monday, reported the Spokesman Review.

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