NY doing better feeding kids in the summertime

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.

According to FRAC’s newly released Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation summer nutrition report, the number of summer lunches served through the SFSP in New York State increased by more than 87,000 from 2014 to 2015, to a total of 10,235,124 meals. The number of sites offering summer meals increased by 93, from 2,797 in July 2014 to 2,890 in July 2015.

While New York State has one of the largest Summer Food Service Programs in the nation, there are many more children who need access to summer nutrition, but families may not know about nearby summer meals. For others, meal sites are too far away, or the area does not meet eligibility guidelines.