No Pennsylvania child should go hungry in the summer

Partners Post, March 2016

As the weather starts to warm up, kids look ahead eagerly to the carefree days of summer.

For those children who rely on breakfast and lunch at school, the summer may mean the loss of a reliable source of nutrition. That's a big deal in Pennsylvania, where more than 20 percent of children are food insecure, according to research from Feeding America.

Thankfully, eligible kids can get two healthy meals per day in the summer at local schools, churches, community centers, and camps that partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. There are more than 1,800 sites across Pennsylvania serving summer meals.

If you know a child or family who needs help finding good meals in the summer, here's what you can do:

  • Call 211 or the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY (En Español: 1-877-8HAMBRE);
  • Text "MealPA" to 877877;
  • Download to your phone; or
  • Visit

Spread the word about summer meals in your community and help make sure Pennsylvania kids arrive back to school in September well-rested, well-nourished, and ready to learn. 


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