Think of summer and kids on school break. We can think of Swimming pools, playgrounds, kids on bikes and lots of tv. Rarely do we think of hunger pangs or a day of skipped meals. But according to research, it’s a significant reality for many children.
1 in 5 children is food insecure – translation – isn’t sure where their next meal is coming from. Even more depressing is that for kids in transition , i.e. lacking access to school meal programs, access is limited by lack of awareness. 1 in 6 children eligible for summer aid is getting assistance. In an effort to address this gulf in awareness, the federal government and local organizations committed to eliminating hunger have stepped up efforts to increase utilization of program.
Summer Feeding Illinois is a joint effort between the USDA, Illinois State Board of Education and leading hunger organizations, Greater Chicago Food Depository. The cross platform launch promotes the availability of over 1800 feeding sites throughout Illinois to families. Users can access info such as address,location and hours by calling a hotline, searching the website and by mobile app! iFindit is proud to be able to support this effort and is providing its app to help spread the word about all 1800 sites.
Don’t leave any children behind this summer.Share this information with any families, friends, community partners who might benefit.
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