Via email, No Kid Hungry announced that on June 23, 2015 the leaders of New York City agreed to make breakfast part of the school day for kids at every elementary school in the city -- 339,000 students in all. This is a great step taken towards ending childhood hunger in America!
“Making breakfast part of the regular school day (as opposed to early in the morning, before the bell rings) is the closest thing to a silver bullet we have in making all our kids healthier, happier and able to be their best. Studies confirm what common sense tells us: without a healthy breakfast, kids can’t focus, behave and do well” (Minter, Brian).
Even with this win, there are still millions of children in America that need assistance with accessing healthy meals this Summer. You can visit NoKidHungry.org to find Summer Meals Programs in your area. In addition, the City of Seattle has a Summer Food Service Program for Kids and Teens.
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), formerly known as Summer Sack Lunch, is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and was established in 1968 to respond to growing research that correlated a child’s nutrition with academic success and concerns about fthe lack of nutrition resources for children during the summer months. The City of Seattle has operated this program in Seattle since the early 1970s.
The program provides no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18. The 2015 program runs from Monday, June 22 to Friday, August 21. The meals are served to children and teens at approved sites where at least half the participants are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.
Help spread the word. Families can find their closest meal site when they:
- Use the Summer Meals Search Tool that displays sponsor, site and meal information with online mapping tools;
- Call the multilingual Family Food Hotline 1-888-4-FOOD-WA (1-888-436-6392);
- Text FoodWA to 877-877; and
- Call our office at 206-386-1140.