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Summer Meals: Its Success Depends on All of Us

Posted by Audrey Rowe, Administrator of the Food and Nutrition Service in Food and Nutrition
Feb 21, 2017

Every day, millions of students are able to enjoy a nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunch thanks to the National School Lunch Program. Everyday they’re in school, that is. But what happens to these children when school lets out during the summer? That’s when vital programs offered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service come into play. The summer meals program defends against hunger – ensuring that millions of the most vulnerable Americans have the energy they need to perform at work and school by receiving a healthy meal or snack when school meals are not available. Those meals are served at a variety of community centers throughout the country.

In the summer of 2014, USDA set a goal of serving 10 more million meals than in the summer of 2013 through the two programs that comprise USDA’s summer meal programs: USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program's Seamless Summer Option. With the help of partners, elected officials, and community leaders across the country, the goal was exceeded. We now want to build on that momentum. We’ve set new goals and need your help.

Watch this video of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to learn more about our upcoming goals for the summer of 2015 – the program’s 40th anniversary!

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition

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Royal Rife
Mar 09, 2015

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