Summer Reports

Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program Scorecard 2013

 

Youth at SFSPBased on FRAC’s Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, Summer Nutrition Status Report1, the Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program Scorecard 2013 is a tool to help show the impact of this important federal nutrition program on hunger in our state.

When the school year ends, thousands of low-income children in Massachusetts lose access to the school meals they rely on during the school year. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is designed to replace these school year programs, providing low-income children access to the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer. The meals provided through the SFSP also play an important role in drawing children into educational, enrichment, and recreational programming that keep them learning, engaged, active, safe, and moving during school vacation.

Unfortunately, the SFSP has fallen short of the need. In summer 2013, in communities where there is a SFSP, only 21 percent of children eligible for free or reduced price meals participated.2,3 With 229,170 children living in food insecure households, the reach of this program is important more than ever.4

Check out the the Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program Scorecard 2013 for more information about your community.

 

1 The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation, Summer Nutrition Status Report 2013.

2 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Summer Food Service Program, July 2013 Statistics.

3 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, School Breakfast Program, October 2012 Statistics.

4 Map the Meal Gap: Highlights of Findings for Overall and Child Food Insecurity 2011, Feeding America, 2013.