Summer recess: Kids could go hungry if agencies don’t fill gaps

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June 6, 2015

A boy puts out chicken and rice soup for hungry kids in 2010 at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center in Rochester, N.Y. A new report shows that last July the federally run Summer Nutrition Programs fed more children than the previous summer but it is still only reaching one in six of the children who rely on subsidized school lunches during the year. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier) See WASHINGTON LETTER June 5, 2015.

A boy puts out chicken and rice soup for hungry kids in 2010 at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center in Rochester, N.Y. A new report shows that last July the federally run Summer Nutrition Programs fed more children than the previous summer but it is still only reaching one in six of the children who rely on subsidized school lunches during the year. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A new report that more low-income children ate free breakfasts and lunches last summer than the previous summer is both good news and bad.

Of course, food program advocates emphasize that more children are getting fed, but they also point out the sheer numbers of those who need these meals and the sobering reality that so many children go hungry when their school cafeterias close for the summer months.

A positive note is that the word seems to be getting out more about subsidized food programs around the country and programs are also getting more creative in how to deliver these meals — by trucks or buses — to children who can’t reach the food sites.

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