Target: U.S. Governors
Goal: Make summer meal programs available to all children from low-income families.
Millions of children in the U.S. rely on free or low-cost food programs to provide them with breakfast and lunch at school. However, only 3 million of the 21 million U.S. kids who get free meals at school continue to receive them during the summer. This puts their health and general well-being at great risk because these children come from low-income families who often do not have enough financial resources to supply their families with enough food. State governors should make it a priority to ensure that more children are covered by these programs and get the nutrition they require. Governors should visit summer meal sites to see firsthand the importance of these meals to millions of kids and share information about these programs to their constituents.
One of the leading summer meal programs in the U.S. is the No Kid Hungry program. The program provides children with school breakfast and summer meals and their network is built with the help of private citizens, government officials, non-profit organizations, business leaders and others. The program’s goal is to provide low-income family kids with free meals, educate them on healthy nutrition considering their low-income status and bring national awareness on the crisis of childhood hunger in the U.S.
Sign this petition to bring this program to the attention of each state’s governor and ask them to educate themselves and their constituents on childhood hunger in the U.S. Support the No Kid Hungry program and bring awareness to the importance of providing meals to low-income families during school breaks. For a country that’s so wealthy and advanced it is unacceptable that American children go hungry every day because there is not enough food assistance in the nation. Don’t let their skills and learning ability get affected by hunger and support the future of a healthy and educated nation.
Millions of American children depend on free or low-cost meals at school during the school year. Unfortunately, only 3 million out of 21 million kids depending on these programs for sustaining nutrition keep getting food assistance during the summer months. Most go hungry when out of school, because they come from low-income families who do not have the means provide them with enough food every day.
The No Kid Hungry program provides such meals to families nationwide and also educates them on healthy food options and meal planning given their tight budget. However, because the assistance of this program and their summer meal sites is not available or known of in ever neighborhood I urge you, as a governor, to educate yourself and your constituents on the importance of No Kid Hungry and their summer meal program. Please use your political power to provide more kids with free meals out of school.
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