School’s Out – Summer Food Drought
It’s the time of year when school-aged children everywhere are celebrating the end of school. For most kids it signifies anticipated days of staying up later and sleeping in longer. It’s spending
muggy days at the pool, riding bikes with their friends, or leveling up on the latest video game. It’s schedule-free; it’s carefree.
But, for some parents, when school is out, it’s likely that the food is out as well. For struggling families who rely on school food programs to help feed their children, the summer months can be
challenging. Without the school lunch subsidies, this can mean providing an extra 140 meals over the summer for a family of four. These are extra meals without any extra means of affording
them. These families turn to our food pantries when they have no other options.