Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Children and Hunger; Planning for Needs in the Summer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Children and Hunger; Planning for Needs in the Summer

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Summer is supposed to be a carefree time. But for scores of children who don't know where their next meal is coming from, the season is anything but lighthearted.

According to a recent story in The Times-Union, more than half of Duval County students receive free or reduced-price lunches. But during the past five years, the number of students in the program have increased by 27 percent.

That's more than double the percent of growth in the student population in Duval County.

Organizations that provide child care to needy people are seeing more underweight children.

According to Second Harvest Food Bank, one out of five children in Florida aren't able to eat when they need to.

That situation can worsen during the summer when school is out. School has become a major food provider for students.

Which is why the Jacksonville Children's Commission is looking to partner with community organizations to serve lunches and snacks to children in low-income neighborhoods during the summer. …

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