Summer presents a number of challenges for vulnerable children and families – which include food insecurity for millions of children. While over 20 million school-age children receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year, only 3 million children receive nutritious meals during the summer months through the Summer Meals Program. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds this program for children under 18 years old. Food insecure children often experience poor health outcomes including higher rates of chronic diseases and a higher risk of behavioral issues. Programs such as USDA’s Summer Meals Program are critical to ensuring children receive meals during the summer months while school is not in session.
This webinar will highlight how clinicians and other healthcare providers who care for vulnerable children can play a role in addressing hunger in the summer months. Presenters will discuss food insecurity and describe how to connect children to resources such as the USDA’s Summer Meals Program and HRSA’s Community Health Center network. Additionally, participants will learn how a community health center can serve as a place where children access meals during the summer months and also be connected to important health and social services.
LT Allen Applegate, DrPH, MPH, CPH and
CAPT Nidhi Jain, MD, MPH
Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations
Summer Meals: A USDA Priority
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, Special Nutrition Programs
Children's Health and Food Insecurity: An Overview
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS
Senior Medical Advisor and Lead Scientist, Feeding America
Director, Food Policy, Health, and Hunger Research Program, Center for Vulnerable Populations, San Francisco General Hospital
It’s Easy to Make a Difference! Community Health Centers Can Help Hungry Kids This Summer
Continuing Education Information: 1.0 CECH for CHES
Disclosures: The planners, reviewers, and authors have no declared conflicts of interest
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