Coronavirus Resources for Schools

HousEd Housing-Meals Brief

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1 Introduction: Kids Don't Stop Growing When School is Out In California, more than 3.7 million students were eligible for free or reduced priced school meals in the 2017-2018 school year. For many of those students, school meals are the primary source of regular access to healthy food. When the bell rings at 3:00 or lets out for summer break, many of those students go home to nutritional uncertainty or high-calorie, low nutrient foods. For many low-income families, the out-of- school-time food access gap increases family stress: limited budgets are stretched further to cover food, rent, utilities, transportation, medications, and childcare costs. For very young children, food insecurity can negatively impact brain and physical development. For children of all ages, disrupted access to healthy food can impact behavior, increase risk of obesity, make it harder to concentrate, or exacerbate existing health conditions like type 2 diabetes. The impact is not limited to summer, and can lead to a rocky start to the school year, negatively impacting school attendance and students' ability to effectively participate in school. USDA Child Nutrition Programs Address the Out-of-School-Time Gap The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Programs enable schools, as well as city, county, tribal, and nonprofit agencies to serve free, healthy meals to youth ages 18 and under in low-income neighborhoods when BRIEF Keeping Kids Healthy and Engaged When School is Out Through Public and Affordable Housing Communities

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