July 14th, 2011
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For many, summer means vacation, sports, camping or just time off to relax, but not for millions of kids living in poverty in the United States. There are few camps or beach trips for them, and sometimes not even three meals a day.

During the school year, public schools provide breakfast and lunch to millions of students in the United States. But when summer arrives, parents struggling to feed their children can no longer rely on those meals.

More than 21 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches at school. But in the summer, the number of kids participating in food programs drops to fewer than 3 million, despite efforts to raise awareness and increase community support, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

To help fill that gap, one community in suburban Atlanta is delivering food - and hope - in brown paper bags.

Read the full story: "Feeding kids when parents, schools can't"

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  1. don

    Don't breed 'em if you can't feed 'em.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • justme

      Really? How simplistic.

      Most of us, even those of us with "good" jobs, are only a few steps away from hunger or worse. One day you can feed your kids. The next, after an illness, or a death in the family, or a job loss or a combination of all of the above, and we're stuck wondering how we will survive. To pretend otherwise is denying reality.

      I realize it's much easier to flap your lips and blame those in need, but it's really ignorant and heartless.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  2. Evil Grin

    Thank goodness programs like this exist. No child should be continually stressed out by not having enough food to eat. And it's a shame both parents can work multiple jobs and still not have enough.

    July 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  3. Truth

    It is a complete and utter travesty that ANYONE, especially kids goes hungry in this country.

    July 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • JBJingles@Truth

      I totally agree! I just heard a radio ad for this one, finally LA County doing something right! Free lunch and snacks for kids for the summer!


      July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
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