School is out for the summer, and many kids and their parents are making plans for these fun, carefree months. Many other families, however, are planning where their meals will come from when the National School Lunch program closes for summer.
During the school year, 22 million children in the US receive free or reduced-priced meals through the National School Lunch Program. But when school is out, only 3.9 million students receive free or reduced-price meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. This large gap is the result of many factors, including a lack of access to meal sites, insufficient program awareness, and limited resources when schools are closed.
Here in the United States, 1 in 6 children faces hunger. Did you know that 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States? These statistics make our heart hurt. That’s why every time anyone checks out at Brandless, we donate a meal* to someone facing hunger through our partnership with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. To date, we’ve donated over 1.5 million meals. Last year, the Feeding America network provided 5.7 million meals to more than 178,000 hungry children through the Summer Food Service Program.
- Learn more about child hunger and join the anti-hunger movement. FeedingAmerica.org/SummerHunger is an excellent resource to both learn more and take action.
- Raise awareness of the issue of Summer Hunger. If you’d like to share on your social channels, use #SummerBreakIsBroken and tag @FeedingAmerica.
- Volunteer at your local food bank and ask about their summer hunger programs. Food banks face their greatest need during summer, when more people need to replace the meals served at school. Use food bank locator to find your local food bank.
- Donate through Feeding America here.