Jennifer Williamson & Tom Nelson: May 25, 2017

A SEASON OF HUNGER: PROVIDING RELIABLE ACCESS TO FOOD FOR KIDS DURING SUMMER MONTHS

While many of us are prepping grills for the Memorial Day holiday, the end of the school year often means the end of a dependable source of nutrition for millions of kids

 

    

Jennifer Williamson
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Board Member

Tom Nelson
Share Our Strength, President

 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA,) during the school year, more than 22 million kids receive free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. But when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million participate in USDA’s summer meals programs. Providing these extra meals at home can be difficult for parents and access to summer meals sites is difficult when children are not in school. Providing those meals becomes challenging for parents and harder to make ends meet during the summer months.

Public, private and nonprofit efforts work to bridge the meal gap. Feeding Our Future is one example. This summer meal program was created by Sodexo and partners with clients, suppliers and local hunger-relief organizations. It has programs in 23 cities around the U.S. Since 1997, Feeding Our Future has provided 5 million free meals to children nationwide. Sodexo also supports innovative organizations like Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry campaign to promote and implement its summer meals programs, which aim to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

On Thursday, May 25th, Jennifer Williamson from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and Tom Nelson of Share Our Strength are available to discuss challenges, viable solutions and where to find summer meal programs for children in your local area.

For more information please visit: www.sodexoinsights.com

 

MORE ABOUT JENNIFER WILLIAMSON

Jennifer Williamson is a Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation board member and is senior vice president of Brand and Communications for Sodexo in North America, which has contributed more than $29 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.

MORE ABOUT TOM NELSON

Thomas C. Nelson serves as the President of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending childhood hunger in America through the No Kid Hungry campaign.

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