ERIC Number: ED356542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
New Opportunities: A Status Report on the Summer Food Service Program for Children.
Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.
During the school year, the School Lunch Program provides one-third to one-half of the nutrients low-income children consume every day. However, the rate of participation by eligible children in the Summer Food Service Program is only 15.5 percent of the target population. Created by Congress in 1968, the Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide funds for eligible sponsoring organizations to serve nutritious meals to children from needy areas when school is closed. The Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project found that about five million children under 12 years of age are hungry at some point each month. Children need sound nutrition not only for their physical development, but for their mental development as well. And children's need for nutritious meals does not end when summer vacation begins. This report contains tables on the summer food program with school-lunch attendance, growth in summer food program attendance, and growth in summer food sites for all states and the District of Columbia from July 1991 to July 1992. Also included are selected state profiles of Delaware, New Mexico, Washington, and Texas. Summer food service program reimbursement rates for 1993 and eligibility guidelines are also included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Lunch Programs, Nutrition, Program Effectiveness, School Readiness, Student Development
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; New Mexico; Texas; Washington