School's out for the summer – and this year especially, kids should be playing outside and enjoying long-awaited fun with their families. But for too many kids, school being out for the summer means the start of an agonizing stretch without the breakfast and lunch that schools provide.
Millions of families who rely on school meal programs during the school year lose access to that critical food in the summer months. And in many cases, the summer food programs that do exist can be hard to access, especially in rural areas where kids are dispersed. The result: fewer than 1 in 5 kids who need summer meals access them, leaving 19 million kids without the food they need.