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Friday, August 11, 2017

LOW-INCOME CHILDREN SUFFER OVER THE SUMMER


Families who rely on government food programs to keep their fridges stocked don’t have the financial resources to feed themselves when those programs disappear, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed what happened in the summer months when low-income children don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch programs. The study found that when families didn’t have access to school meal programs, they changed their household spending and spent more money on food at home. But the spending increase was minimal — less than $2 per week per child, the researchers found. That’s not nearly enough to cover the lost value of the school breakfast and lunch programs, which amount to $25 a week. And it falls well short of the more than $32 a week that the USDA says a school-age child needs for a nutritious diet.

Source: Market Watch, 8/1/17, Summer Food Lacking