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Document Number: 5557

School's Out . . . Who Ate? - Children who are hungry have more health problems than other children, including headaches, colds and ear infections. This report examines California’s success in meeting the summer nutritional needs of children who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. While 3.5 million children under age 18 are eligible for summer meals in California, only 24% received nutritional assistance during July 2002. Success in feeding children during summer varies greatly from county to county, with Santa Cruz County doing the best job of feeding eligible children, reaching 43%, while seven counties failed to meet the nutritional needs of any eligible students during the summer. Starting on page 25, a detailed county-by-county breakdown can be found, and a chart illustrating county-by-county trends can be found on page 27. (LeConte Dill and George Manalo-LeClair, California Food Policy Advocates, June 2003)...

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