For some Kansas children, when school is out for the summer, they no longer have access to the healthy lunches they enjoy for most of the year. But, through the USDA summer meals program, sites across the country, and across Kansas, are ensuring these children don’t go hungry during the summer months.
Unfortunately, Kansas ranks 48th nationally for participation in the program among eligible children. The Kansas Health Foundation, in partnership with Kansas Appleseed, is looking to improve these numbers. For the summer of 2016, KHF provided funding for approximately 80 sites in the state to serve these healthy meals for children.
Even with this support, 35 Kansas counties were still without a site serving meals this summer.
To learn more about how a site in Garden City is making a difference for local families, please view this month’s video above. To learn more about how your community can start a summer meals site, please visit www.kn-eat.org.
Every month, our electronic newsletter, Health Happenings, features a story about a focus area, grant, partnership or program involving the Foundation.