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1 in 3 children in Toronto is food insecure

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22% of the school year has to be retaught due to summer learning loss

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Summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading

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Children gain body mass index nearly twice as fast during the summer as during the school year

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In summer, food bank access goes up approximately 25%, when children who are typically served by school programs are not getting enough food.
— Hamilton Food Bank
Summer can be the hungriest time of year for many children from low-income families. It’s a problem with serious and long-term consequences: the hunger experienced during these months can affect a child’s academic achievement, brain development, and overall health.
— No kid Hungry
Low-income youth may fall further behind in academic skills during the summer break, experiencing greater “summer learning loss” than their higher-income peers and widening the achievement gap.
— California Summer Meal Coalition