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Boosting Summer Meal Participation: Strategies and Best Practices

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Without a daily, structured school environment, summer can be the hungriest time of year for children from low-income families. As a result, these students suffer consequences in terms of academic achievement, brain development, and overall health. The 1968 federal summer meals program was created to ensure that America’s neediest children get enough nutrition during summer break. In places where the program works well, kids take a meal home from a distribution site during summer months. But access is critical—only one in seven kids who need these meals actually gets them. Transportation to meal distribution sites is often a real barrier to the program’s success.

Join NASBE on February 19, 2015, from 2:00–3:00 pm (EST), as we discuss the facts of summer hunger and ways states can boost summer meal participation. Kimberly Caldwell, No Kid Hungry senior program manager of Share Our Strength; Ron Maynard of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Margaret McKenna, chair of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, will explore strategies and best practices that have led to more kids receiving summer meals and offer insights on how state policymakers can implement those programs and gain local support.

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