Summer Hunger: How Can We Solve the Epidemic?

Every year, millions of low-income children rely on free or reduced-price meals from the public school system.

While the school year ends, child hunger remains. Studies show that hunger for families with school-age children increases by 34.2 percent, during summer breaks.

Programs, like the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), work to curb child hunger by delivering funds to the government, nonprofit organizations and religious groups who then feed low-income children throughout the remainder of the summer.

The problem with SFSP and its partnering programs?  Low participation due to lack of transportation, limited distribution hours and lack of knowledge about the resource.

In hope of fixing this epidemic, Senator Patty Murray (D-Wa) introduced a legislative bill, called the “Stop Summer Child Hunger Act” that gives low-income families the ability to buy healthy groceries for their children in the summer months.

Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, proudly supports the “Stop Summer Child Hunger Act” along with many other experts on the topic. “Communities should have the option to employ models that will best reach hungry children, and we applaud Senator Murray for introducing this important legislation to give states more flexibility”, Aiken said.

To read more about summer hunger and Senator Murray’s bill, visit: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=summer-hunger