Kids out of school also missing subsidized lunch

BY Megan Thompson  June 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM EDT

School is letting out all across the country. And for millions of children, summer vacation also means losing access to free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast programs.

More than 21 million kids rely on these programs during the school year, but only three million have access to nutrition programs during the summer.


Jim Weill, President of the Food Research and Action Center, joins NewsHour Weekend correspondent Megan Thompson via Google+ to talk about the organization’s latest report on childhood hunger.

The lack of access to nutrition programs can increase both hunger and obesity, as kids eat cheaper, less-nutritious meals at home. It can also strain the budgets of families already struggling to get by.

A new report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) found both good news and bad in its latest assessment of this issue.

After years of decline, participation in federal Summer Nutrition Programs increased by 5.7 percent between 2012 and 2013, the first major increase in a decade. But still only a fraction of the low-income kids who need the programs are being served.