As one of the largest providers of summer meals, local park and recreation agencies around the nation are at the forefront in addressing childhood hunger.
In this guest post, Rachel Gwaltney of the National Summer Learning Association highlights the connection between summer programming and summer meals, and the benefits of both in preventing learning loss and hunger. Summer programs provide the platform for summer meals, which ensure that children have the nutrition they need to focus and learn throughout the day.
SNAP provides monthly benefits to eligible low-income people to purchase food. The average benefit for a single person is $4.40 per day, or $132 a month. I decided to take the SNAP Challenge for five days, which meant I could only spend $22 on food during this time.
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- Best Practice
The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be tapped to help individuals and communities recover from natural or man-made disasters. Advocates can work with federal and state partners to get temporary Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) benefits to households not already participating in SNAP and replacement and supplemental SNAP benefits to current SNAP participants adversely affected by disaster.Read more
This paper explains how D-SNAP works and what advocates, elected officials, and service providers can do to help meet nutrition needs before, during, and after a disaster. Whenever possible, it draws on the experience of domestic disasters, including the 2005 hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, and Wilma), the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2015 Hurricane Matthew, and many others.Read the report
- Fact Sheet
The House Budget is proposing to significantly cut the number of schools eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option for high-poverty schools to offer free school meals to all students. Under the proposal, over 8,000 high-poverty schools, enrolling 3.8 million children currently participating in community eligibility, would be impacted — roughly 40 percent of the 20,000 schools currently participating.Read more
- Fact Sheet
Oklahoma’s most recent draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan takes a proactive approach towards increasing participation in the federal school, summer, and afterschool nutrition programs. Hunger Free Oklahoma actively engaged and provided feedback to the Oklahoma State Department of Education and are credited for advocating for language that includes best practices for increasing access to the child nutrition programs.Read