Summer Food Program and Child Hunger
I recently did a briefing memo for my "Children/Science/Policy" seminar at GU. Since I have been learning about hunger-related issues at BFW, I wanted to focus on child hunger, and I decided to focus on the Summer Food Program. A major problem I found is that the level of child hunger increases during the summer months as compared to school months. Legislation has put in place programs like the National School Lunch Program to feed poor children that attend school, but the Summer Food Program, which is meant to take over NSLP during the summer months, is not reaching the amount of hungry children that it should and could. During the school year, about 15 million low-income children depend on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) for nutritious, free or reduced-price meals. But research shows that only 2 million children in low-income areas receive free meals during the summer months, as provided by the Summer Food Service Program. A major problem with the Summer Food Program that I encountered, in addition to administrative burdens, is the problem of awareness of local programs that offer Summer Food. I found it so interesting that many efforts have been made to combat child hunger during the school year, but the same children that are fed through these school programs, go hungry during the summer months. Originally, I was going to go into depth about my briefing memo in this blog, but the main point I want to get across is how there is always a bigger picture when it comes to hunger-issues. Those people that believe poor children are being adequately fed through their schools have to also realize the need to provide food to these same children all year long. Strides may be made in combating hunger amongst America's youth, but there is still so much that needs to be done year round before child hunger will be a thing of the past.
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