Child hunger during the summertime is a persistent problem in the U.S., although there are programs to feed kids in schools. It is estimated that programs that provide summer meals for low income children do not reach 85 percent of those who need them.
Associate Advocacy Director Lucy Melcher of No Kid Hungry calls summer vacation “the hungriest time if the year.”
When the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was launched in 1968, its purpose was to provide low income children with meals during the summer months. Today that program only reaches about 15 percent of eligible children. Food insecurity is a problem in every county in the United States.
According to Melcher, “poverty today is very different than poverty was 40 years ago.”