Summer Feeding Programs: How Organizations Can Help Wake Kids
Maureen Berner, UNC School of Government
Dr. Maureen Berner of the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and Ashley Beasley, Summer Food Service Program Consultant with the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services Division of Public Health shared information at AHA’s April 17 Quarterly Meeting about how partners and other organizations in Wake County can help feed children over the summer and receive federal reimbursement funds in the process.
According to Dr. Berner, despite the fact that economy seems to have rebounded, families are struggling and food insecurity in North Carolina is nearly 28%, which is higher than the national average. In Wake County, 43,040 kids are in food insecure households, and of those kids, only 49% are eligible for child nutrition programs, so over half are not qualifying for aid despite the need in those households.
Dr. Berner also said for the 2011/2012 school year in Wake County 56, 280 students were enrolled in free and reduced priced lunch, but only 5,300 students were participating in summer feeding programs. Wake County as a whole is passing up on $172,000 per day in federal funding that could be spent on jobs, food purchases, etc. to feed hungry children in Wake County.
Food Insecurity and Children in Wake County
Summer Food Service Program