School's out for the summer (but hunger's not)

July 16, 2015
Photo by Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World

By Rev. David Beckmann

School’s out for the summer! But millions of low-income children may have more reason to worry than celebrate without the guarantee of receiving at least one daily nutritious meal that school lunch programs provide.

Tell Congress: Help feed low-income school children during summer vacation BEFORE you leave for the August recess.

Two new bills are pending right now that would strengthen and expand access to summer meal programs and help low-income families purchase groceries during the summer months while children are out of school. We need your help to make sure these bills pass through Congress.

TAKE ACTION TODAY: Send a letter to your legislators urging them to co-sponsor the Summer Meals Act of 2015 and the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015.

The damage caused by hunger is preventable. Together, we can help the most vulnerable members of our community — it's the right thing to do and benefits us all.

Rev. David Beckmann is the president of Bread for the World.


Design by Doug Puller/Bread for the World

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