Monday, June 10, 2013

Hunger Task Force: Not Enough Low-Income Idaho Kids Getting Summer Meals

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Officials with the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force say they're worried that not enough children are participating in Summer Nutrition Programs, which saw only 20 out of 100 low-income children, who got regular school year school meals in the 2011-2012 school year, reaching out to get a summer meal through federally-subsidized programs in parks, non profits and some schools.

According to the task force, if Idaho were to reach 40 children with summer food for every 100 low-income children who get school lunch during the regular school year, Idaho would have fed an additional 20,000 more children every day in July 2012 and brought in approximately $1.4 million in more federal dollars to do so.

"It is in Idaho's best interest to ensure that children have adequate nutrition during the summer so they stay healthy, active and are ready to learn," said Kathy Gardner of the task force.

Low-income children can receive free meals at participating summer sites at school, parks, public agencies and non profits. Idaho sites can be found here or by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1.

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