15K county kids fall into nutrition gap

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Advocate group: New approaches needed to fight summer hunger

More than 15,000, or about 90 percent, of Madera County’s low-income children who received free or reduced-price lunches during the academic school year missed out on such lunches last summer, according to a California Food Policy Advocates report released this week.

The federal funds are there, but the decline in summer meal consumption is due to a decrease in summer programming, such as summer school, CFPA officials say in the new report, called School’s Out… Who Ate?

Nearly 16,800 Madera County children received free or reduced-price lunches during the 2011-12 school year, but just 1,681 of those received lunch during the summer of 2012, the report showed.

More than $223,000 of federal funds was spent to feed low-income children in Madera last summer, according to a California Department of Education report...

 

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