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by No Kid Hungry category: Cause
Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids from low-income families. When schools close, school meals disappear and summers can turn into a time of hunger and anxiety.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
The national summer meals program was created 40 years ago to help kids get the nutrition they need during the summer. When this program works, it’s a lifeline for kids in need. Unfortunately, this program doesn’t work effectively in many communities across the country. Transportation challenges, severe weather and bureaucratic hurdles mean five out of six kids who may need these meals aren't getting them.
Unlike many of the problems we face in this country, this is a solvable problem. This year, Congress is taking a look at the law that governs our summer meals programs through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization process. They have the opportunity to enact policies that would feed kids more effectively and efficiently.We have a chance to end summer hunger for millions of kids, but the time to act is now. Send a letter to Congress here, and sign up for our Summer Action Day on June 22nd!
No Kid Hungry
Summer is the hungriest time of year. Many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. It's time to improve the way we feed kids when school is out of session. Join the No Kid Hungry campaign to take a stand and help Save Summer.