I urge you to end summer hunger for children by co-sponsoring the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act (S.1918) and increasing funding for the Summer Electronic Benefit (EBT) pilot program.
Child nutrition programs are an important safeguard against child hunger, yet too many children are left without the nutrition they need when they are out of school, especially in the summer months. Of the nearly 22 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school, only 3.7 million receive food assistance in the summer, leaving more than 18 million children behind. Food insecure children are more likely to experience learning and academic difficulties, and poor general health.
The bipartisan Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act (S.1918) gives states additional options to alleviate summer hunger by expanding access to Summer EBT cards through SNAP, and by providing flexibility to allow children to take meals home where a summer feeding program is not an option.
Congress should also fund the Summer Electronic Benefit (EBT) pilot program at $50 million so more children can access nutritious food during the summer months. That would enable Summer EBT to continue its current operations and reach a total of 464,000 children.
My church is keenly aware that hunger exists in our community. We provide substantial support to the Huber Heights FISH food pantry, and we volunteer at the Dayton Foodbank and the House of Bread soup kitchen. Our faith and compassion call us to stand alongside hungry people.
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