It’s summer vacation for kids! But for more than 400,000 kids of low-income families, saying goodbye to school meals means saying hello to hunger. That’s where the Summer Food Service Program steps in to fill the summer meal gap and protect kids vulnerable to hunger while school meals are also on vacation.
With Project Bread’s help, there are now more than 1,100 summer meal sites across the state where children ages 18 and under can drop in for free healthy meals throughout the summer—which kids think totally rocks!
Last week, Congressman Jim McGovern led his 4th annual Summer Food Rocks Tour, visiting summer meal sites in Leominster, Athol, Greenfield and Worcester. Joined by other regional, state and local officials, Congressman McGovern passed out food and led round-table discussions to highlight the importance of summer meals.
Will you join Congressman McGovern in supporting summer meals?
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After a lifetime in the workforce, Fitchburg resident Susan was looking forward to retiring. She had carefully planned for her future before deciding to retire, budgeting for her life on a fixed income.
Heartbreakingly, Susan’s daughter lost her battle with cancer and placed her two grandchildren, ages 10 and 12, into Susan’s primary care.
“I didn’t know where to turn. I was just looking for anything that could help,” Susan says. “I love my grand-kids but I felt like I couldn’t do enough with the limited income I receive.”
That’s when Susan called Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline for help.
Health Care & Food Insecurity
As Congress continues its debate over a new health care bill, we reflect on food insecurity as a major public health issue. Civil Eats writes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has led to a decrease in food insecurity in some states, and more hospitals have begun screening for food insecurity and providing intervention.
But with the threat of a repeal of the ACA, funding and motivation for food insecurity screenings are at risk.
Check our website regularly for new action items that give you a voice in speaking up against hunger.
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