Increase the budget of the Summer Food Service Program
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Over 22 million children receive a free or reduced price lunch every day during the school year. But what happens to these kids during the summer? The Summer Food Service Program, a federally funded initiative, claimed they only fed 2.8 million children daily during the summer months. That means that there are over 19 million kids left unaccounted. The budget for the Summer Food Service Program needs to be increased so they can afford to feed more kids in need during the summer break. Additionally, the eligibility requirements for the summer meal sites need to be lowered so that more towns can offer pickup locations for the kids in their community; so that children don't need to travel over ten miles to reach a nutritious meal they desperately need. The budget increase needed to cover all low-income children in the United States during the summer months is 2.4 billion dollars. In the scope of the federal budget, that is more than affordable to ensure that American children won't have to fear whether or not they will eat during a given day.
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