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Document Number: 7057

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation - When the school bell rings to signal the start of summer vacation, millions of children who receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch at school during the regular school year no longer have access to those meals. Two federal programs – the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program – offer children from low-income families and neighborhoods the kind of nutritious meals and snacks in the summer that they would receive during the school year. Unfortunately, too few children have access to these programs. This report analyzes children’s participation in these key nutrition programs and makes recommendations to improve program access. (Crystal FitzSimons, Randy Rosso, Lynn Parker, Alexis Bylander, Jim Weill, Vanessa Hoffman and Natania Gazek, Food Research and Action center, July 2006) ...

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