Stop Child Summer Hunger Act
Last week Senator Patty Murray introduced new legislation to help fight child hunger during summer months!
For some children, summer vacation means camp, family trips, visits to museums, parks and libraries and a variety of enriching activities. But other children find that when schools close for the summer healthy meals are often out of reach.
During the school year over 350,000 Washington students access either free or reduced price lunches at their schools. But these school meals aren’t available during the summer and this puts an increased financial burden on families.
Free summer meal sites can be a powerful tool to help fill in the gaps left when schools close their cafeteria doors for the season, but there can be many barriers to participation including lack of transportation, limited hours of service, or a lack of awareness of the program. In fact, Washington ranks 38th in the nation in participation rates in the Summer Food Service Program.
Senator Murray has introduced the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act to help reduce child hunger during the summer break. If passed, this legislation would provide an electronic benefit card (EBT) to families with children who are eligible to receive free and reduced price meals during the school year so they can purchase food during the summer.
Please join us in signing this online petition to support the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act!