Rep. Katherine Clark with children at a Summer Food Service Program site in Revere
Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health, especially for growing children. A healthy diet is essential for healthy development, but some children experience hunger far too often. According to Project Bread’s "2014 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts", more than 375,000 households across the state cannot confidently predict where their next meal is coming from.
That’s why we are supporting Project Bread and the Summer Food Service Program for our fifth summer to help ensure that all children have access to the meals that they need throughout the summer months. Partners’ support provides over 300,000 meals to over 6,000 children, a collaboration that represents our commitment to the health and well-being of all those living in the communities in which we live and work.
In Massachusetts, more than 400,000 low-income children qualify for free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch during the school year, and many count on those meals throughout the year. During the summer months, these children may not have access to the same meals. The Summer Food Service Program is essential for filling the meal gap many children are at risk of experiencing. Through the program, we provide free meals all summer long to children ages 18 and under at more than 900 sites throughout the state, including community centers, schools, parks, pools, day camps, YMCAs and more. (View a complete list of sites here.)
This summer, more than 60,000 children have enjoyed a healthy and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner through the Summer Food Service Program. Each meal served helps to ensure that no child is left hungry during the summer and is able to return to school well prepared for success.