Schools are feeding children this summer, and school meal programs find hungry parents raising the hungry children who come to them each day.
“The district kept coming up against this issue,” said city schools spokeswoman Mercy Quaye. “It doesn’t take a huge study to assess the need when you can see it.”
Across the USA, summer lunch programs are seeing similar needs. Candice Stoiber, director of special nutrition programs for the regional office of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Food and Nutrition Service says that her agency has been urging local programs to seek help from nonprofits and other groups to address the need.
“We are seeing that the summer sites and the people who are administering the program are struggling with these adults that appear at a site and they are hungry,” Stoiber said. “And they don’t have access to food. Our program is for the children, not for adults. They are looking for alternatives.”