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Letter: It’s great to see program to feed hungry children

It’s great to see program to feed hungry children

School’s out! For most of us, this meant two carefree months of play and fun. But for many children, along with summer vacation comes the anxiety of worrying about not having enough to eat. Over half of the children in the Empire State are eligible for free and reduced meals at school – a very good thing – but in the summer these children still need to eat. And the nutrition a child receives can have an impact on his or her health for years to come.

In the next week, dozens of schools, faith-based institutions and community centers across the state will begin serving meals to all New Yorkers under the age of 18, as part of the New York State Summer Food Service program. This program ensures that during summer vacation, children are able to receive the same meals provided during the school year by the National School Lunch and the School Breakfast Programs. The program ensures that good nutrition doesn’t end with the school year.

Karla Digirolamo

CEO, New York State

Community Action Association