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Where will 260,000 children eat this summer?

latina_girlMy Fellow South Carolinians,

Your help is needed to ensure that no child in our state suffers from hunger during summer. Statewide, more than 260,000 children and teens who are eligible for free summer meals aren’t receiving them. These children come from low-income households that rely on free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch provided during the school year through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

When school lets out for summer, children lose access to these meals and are at a heightened risk of suffering from hunger. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to fill this summer meal gap. SFSP is a federally funded, state-administered program that reimburses providers who serve healthy meals to children 18 years and under in low-income areas at no charge during the summer months.

Unfortunately, only 1 in 5 South Carolinian children and teens who are eligible to receive meals through SFSP currently participate. More feeding sites located in easily accessible locations and greater community awareness are needed to change this.

Please don’t let our children endure another summer plagued by hunger. You can make a difference in the lives of children in your community by advocating for SFSP and by helping to recruit sponsors and sites which serve federally reimbursed meals.

Learn more about SFSP and how you can help feed our children by visiting USDA Summer Food Service Program. If you found this post informative, please help spread the word by emailing a friend or sharing it on Twitter or Facebook.

Thank you,
Christopher Moken
Child & Senior Assessment VISTA
Lowcountry Food Bank