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ERIC Number: ED538636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-21
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Expanding the Reach of the Summer Food Program. Policy Page. No. 09-428
Center for Public Policy Priorities
The Summer Food Program is a federally funded program that provides more than $40 million each year to help low-income communities in Texas serve nutritious meals to children in safe, enriching environments during the summer. In Texas, where one-in-four children are at risk for hunger, the Summer Food Program is critically important to ensure every child has the chance to grow into a healthy and productive adult. Texas has one of the largest School Lunch Programs in the nation, serving meals to more than 2.5 million low-income children every day. The Summer Food Program is intended to serve the same population, yet it reaches only a fraction of the low-income children who eat lunch during the school year. This paper compares participation in the Summer Food Program to participation in the School Lunch Program for each county in Texas. It documents Texas' progress in the Summer Food Program, explores the barriers to participation, and makes recommendations for expanding the reach of the program in Texas. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)
Identifiers - Location: Texas