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More than 27 million children participated in the National School Lunch program last school year. Among those children, over 15 million received their lunch at a reduced price or free due to their families’ financial status. When school is not in session, these children lose access to regular daily school lunches and breakfasts. This proves to be a problem for families across the nation as they seek to find ways to fill the nutritional needs no longer provided through school meals.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is able to fill that need during the summer months when school is not in session. Nationally, only 21.1 out of every 100 children in free and reduced-price school-year school lunch were served in the summer. Schools and non-profit centers, such as churches and community centers, serve as sites for children to eat healthy, nutritious meals and snacks. Recently, USDA found that 95 percent of summer food sites provide activities as well as nutrition, helping families by providing supervised, positive activities that help children beyond the school year.
Lutheran churches participate in the program across the country and serve as sites to provide a place for meals and a safe haven for many children in the community. After interviewing 15 different churches about their experience with the Summer Food Service Program, here are the results:
For more information contact Kay Bengston, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, (202) 626-7942. E-mail: email@example.com