Challenge Aims to Eliminate Kids’ Summer Hunger

| May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015 • By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service

For many Arizona students, leaving school for the summer also means losing their source of healthy meals.

They don’t have to though, because this summer children up to 18 years old can receive free, nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks at over 1,100 Arizona schools and other community sites that participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

Parents can find a summer meal site near their home at www.azsummerfood.gov or by calling the Arizona Department of Education at 602-542-8700.

“Unfortunately, Arizona ranks third in child hunger rates,” said Mary Szafranski, associate superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education’s Health & Nutrition Services Division, which administers the program in Arizona. “The Summer Food Service Program meals are key to combating childhood hunger during these months.”

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