The figures cited above underscore how for many children, the lazy, hazy days of summer are marked by gnawing pangs of hunger.
During the school year, low-income children can count on a federal
program that provides free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch in the
public schools. Come summer, schools close and the food goes away.
Stopgap measures exist. Food banks report increased demand for
assistance in the summer months. In the past year, 1.2 million state
residents regularly visited food banks, 40 percent of them kids. But,
food banks suffer a marked decline in Read more