It's well-known that hungry children have a hard time concentrating in class. But what happens during the summer, when students who depend on free and reduced-price meals served at school find themselves without access to that vital nutrition?
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 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
"The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat," explains Jerry Smith, Food Program Service Supervisor for SDCOE's Juvenile Court and Community Schools
. "We're trying to raise awareness about the nutrition gap low-income children face when schools close for the summer and the availability of summer meals."