ERIC Number: ED469672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report.
Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.
This report describes the current status of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) (referred to in combination as the Summer Nutrition Programs), federal entitlement programs providing support for state and local efforts to offer low-income children nutritious summer meals and snacks during supervised activities. Sidebars provide definitions of hunger and food insecurity, describe how each program operates, and describe recent initiatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report notes that despite the educational and nutritional benefits of these programs, the majority of qualifying children are not being served. National participation in the Summer Nutrition programs did not change, and participation in SFSP alone dropped 2.3 percent, comparing July 2001 to July 2000. Thirteen states participating in a 3-year pilot project involving reduced paperwork and the maximum reimbursement for all meals reversed their trend of declining numbers of sponsors, sites, and daily participation by children in SFSP. Also for SFSP, participation in the pilot states increased by 8.9 percent by July 2000 and July 2001, compared to decreases of about 3.3 percent in the rest of the nation. The report highlights a survey of state agency directors and staff responsible for SFSP coordination, revealing that the main obstacles to SFSP participation were burdensome paperwork, lack of transportation funding, low federal reimbursement rates, inflexible administrative regulations, and too high eligibility percentages. The report's appendices include descriptions of four model SFSP programs, eight tables of data or program descriptions, and two charts illustrating program participation and obstacles to program expansion. (KB)
Descriptors: Children, Enrollment Trends, Federal Programs, Hunger, Low Income Groups, Nutrition, Participation, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Tables (Data)
FRAC Publications, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 540, Washington, DC 20009. Tel: 202-986-2200; Web site; http://www.frac.org. For full text: http://www.frac.org/html/publications/SFSPJune19.PDF.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.