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June 19, 2015
Two bills—the Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613 / H.R. 1278) and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015 (S. 1539 / H.R. 2715) -0 can dramatically reduce childhood hunger during summer vacation.
The Summer Meals Act (pdf) would increase low-income children’s access to summer meals by:
• Allowing Summer Food sponsors to feed children year-round through the Summer Food Service Program, which would dramatically reduce administrative requirements, build and maintain stronger summer feeding programs;
• Increasing low-income children’s access to summer meals by lowering the area eligibility requirement from 50 percent to 40, allowing more communities with significant numbers of low-income children to provide summer meals;
• Providing funding for transportation grants in underserved areas; and
• Allowing all sites to serve a third meal, which is important for sites that offer all-day programming or programming for teens in the evening.
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• Providing families with children who are certified to receive free- or reduced-price school meals a Summer EBT card that would allow them to purchase food during the summer. This approach gives families the nutritional resources they need to ensure that their home is hunger free.
If you organization would like to only support the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015, click here.