Kids on the Coast face food insecurity as school ends
As kids take the summer off from school, some families along the Coast face food insecurity.
During the school year many kids rely on school lunches to get their daily nutrition.
Rebeka Dawson of Feeding the Gulf Coast says approximately 20 percent of kids faces food insecurity. Feeding the Gulf Coast’s lunch program is federally funded and offers free breakfast, lunch, or snacks across the Coast.
The nonprofit partners with local programs and community centers like the Boys and Girls Club and libraries to fill the nutritional gap left after school ends.
While school districts will offer summer lunches, having more lunch sites spread out over the community makes them more accessible for hungry students. Dawson said, “What food insecurity means is they don’t know where one of their meals a day is coming from. This program allows for them to have something to rely on each day. They know where they’re going to get their breakfast or lunch or even snack in the afternoon. So that’s how this program kind of helps with that food insecurity we see so much on the Coast.”
Visit feedingthecoast.org to find up to date times and locations for free meals. Also check your school district’s website for their summer lunch programs.