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Why it matters


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Why it matters


statistics

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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quotes

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
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News


News


President Obama has committed $12 billion over the next ten years to increase summer meal programming in the U.S. +

Creative approach to delivering food and books to kids who need them over the summer +

 


SETTING NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS WOULD REACH A VERY LARGE POPULATION OF CHILDREN AND HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL IMPACT: AN ESTIMATED 1,816,000 CASES OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY WOULD BE PREVENTED +

TEACHING KIDS TO COOK IS A CLEAR PATH TO HEALTHIER EATING +