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USDA Summer Feeding Program

The USDA provides free or reduced price lunches to 21 million children during the school year through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  However, during summer break only 3.5 million of those students participate in the summer feeding program.  The program helps fill the summer food gap for low-income children by reimbursing organizations that serve children meals at feeding sites during summer months.  Schools, churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks, clinics, and camps can provide summer meals in neighborhoods with high percentages of low income families, making a positive impact on the lives of hungry children.  

A critical component to the effort is promoting access to and participation in Summer Meals.  USDA’s goal is to reach all children in need and for Summer 2013 USDA is working with partners to increase in service by 5 million additional meals.   The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income   See how you can help.

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