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'School's Out' Not Welcome Words To Hungry Kids

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack pledges support for keeping kids' stomachs full during summer vacation

Published on: Jun 11, 2013

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday kicked off National Summer Food Service Program Week, highlighting the importance of ensuring no child goes hungry when school is out.

This summer, USDA has committed to serving 5 million more meals to eligible kids across the country through the Summer Food Service Program.

The SFSP is a federally-funded program designed to alleviate hunger during the summer months and operate through partnerships between USDA, state agencies and local organizations. Last year, USDA's summer feeding programs provided 161 million meals, feeding approximately 3.5 million children on a typical summer day.

"When school is out during the summer months, many families struggle to feed their children even one nutritious meal a day," says USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Government cannot address this challenge alone, which is why, this week, we join our valued partners to raise awareness about the nutrition gap low-income children face when schools close for the summer."

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack pledges support for keeping kids stomachs full during summer vacation
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack pledges support for keeping kids' stomachs full during summer vacation

This year, USDA has implemented a call to action for schools, faith-based organizations and communities to increase sponsorship and participation in the SFSP.

In addition, five states – Arkansas, California, Colorado, Rhode Island and Virginia – have been targeted to participate in the program in cooperation with USDA's Strike Force program that focuses on low-income areas.

USDA has also provided resources to help connect families with summer feeding sites.

"USDA's summer feeding initiative supports programs that keep children active and engaged when school is out, reducing learning loss that often occurs during the summer months," said Vilsack.

"We must do all we can to ensure that children get nutritious food year-round, so that they are ready to learn during the school year and have a greater chance to succeed," he added.

News source: USDA

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  1. Anonymous says:

    USDA's expansion of these types of programs to further the political agenda of the Left is sickening. I have heard no Sec of Ag in decades be so obnoxiously politically partisan. The current regime is doing nothing but purchasing votes of the ignorant, who are doomed to perpetually wallow in squalor, though decently fed. Knowing their children are missing a few meals used to be a motivator of economically disadvantaged parents to work harder to provide. I suppose the idea that people should refrain from procreating, unless they can provide basic needs is antiquated. The practice of capitalism that enabled our agricultural industry to innovate away from total hand labor of the 18th and 19th century, into the current thriving prosperity, will slowly wither if we allow these types of giveaways to continue to expand. Vilsack is the administration's traveling freebie salesman. I would love to be able to slam the door in his face, like a Kirby salesman. He is a TOOL, and farmers who subscribe to this brand of collectivism are nothing less than communist at heart. Look at China, idiot! Communism is a failure. They can't provide food for their populace. They have to buy it from us. How many of these people who don't work do you realistically believe we can afford to feed, on the U.S. taxpayer dime? If your church wants to nurture the poor, foot the bill for that through congregational donations, NOT my tax dollars. The Federal government is tasked with securing U.S. borders, maintaining a military, and Coast Guard, and defending our nation. Anything beyond that should NOT be publicly funded.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Its important to remember these children didn't ask to miss meals.Our church considers it a privileged and blessing to particpate in this program. Farming in alabama

  3. Anonymous says:

    When does it become governments job to provide meals to all? Why can't parents provide meals for there own kids instead of relying on the government to feed them?