Hunger hurts. During the summer months hunger hits low-income children particularly hard.
In response, this has been proclaimed National Summer Food Service Program Week, a time to draw attention to concerns that low-income school children may go hungry as their school lunch programs close for summer break.
Throughout New York children’s stomachs are rumbling. The economic downturn and slow recovery have taken a particularly harsh toll on them, with more than one in four children under age 18 living in poverty without enough to eat, according to an analysis by the Center for Economic Opportunity. Meanwhile, with cuts in government spending, supplies at food pantries and soup kitchens are running out.
“When school is out during the summer months, many families struggle to feed their children even one nutritious meal a day,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Government cannot address this challenge alone.”
New York City will serve free breakfast and lunch at hundreds of public schools, parks, pools, and other sites from June 27 through August 30, 2013. Click here for more information. However, the program, is available on weekdays only.
In every season and every day throughout the year, Catholic Charities meets the needs of the poor and vulnerable throughout the Archdiocese of New York.
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