Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2019

A report from the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) documents participation in Summer Nutrition Programs (SNPs) in 2018. The report funds that SNPs’ reach declined by 5.7 percent between 2017 and 2018. Only 14.1 children received a summer lunch for every 100 low-income children who received a school lunch in the previous school year, suggesting that the program struggles with access; the number of Summer Food Service Program sites declined slightly (less than 1%) in the same period. The report identifies Maine as one of the top-performing states in the nation, where—along with DC, Vermont, New York, and New Mexico—at least one in four low income children received a summer lunch.