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Press release: Summer Food Service Program Participation increases in New York; thousands still go hungry

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Press release: Summer Food Service Program Participation increases in New York; thousands still go hungry

June 23, 2016
By
Kelly de la Rocha

ALBANY, NY – The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) gained some ground in New York State from 2014 to 2015, according to a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), but hundreds of thousands of the state’s children still go hungry during the summer months.

The SFSP, commonly known as summer meals, provides free meals and snacks during summer to low-income children ages 18 and younger at gathering places like parks, libraries and community centers. Not only do children benefit from the meals, but from enrichment activities that keep them learning and engaged. 

Summer meals help to bridge the nutritional gap that occurs during summer when school meals are unavailable. More than one million low-income students statewide rely daily on school meals, but far fewer have access to summer meals. On an average July day in 2015, approximately 288,500 children – just 30% of those who rely on free or reduced price school lunch – ate at a summer meals site through the SFSP. 

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