Although school’s out for summer for most children, it also means that means millions more low income children will face their days hungry. For the last several years there has been a downward trend in participation in Summer Nutrition Programs. We all have to do what we can – program by program – to increase summer participation levels. Here’s a great case in point that was passed on to us by one of our Breakfast BREAKS customers:
Washington County Public Schools in Maryland
Just last summer was the first time the school system ran open sites for breakfasts and lunches. Now, a third site will be an “open site” for breakfast and lunch – meaning students do not need to be enrolled in a program at the school to receive a meal, and they’re available to kids up to age 18. “(It was) Just a desire on our part to serve as many kids as (we) could,” said said Jeff Proulx, supervisor of food and nutrition services, WCPS. “We do summer meals because we recognize there are families in our community that struggle to put food on the table every day,” he said. Last summer, approximately 8,500 breakfasts and 17,500 lunches were served at the open and summer school sites. Read the full story.