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At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too

from The Associated Press

Schools that provide meals for students during summer months are finding that the adults often need help, as well, to keep from going hungry. In Connecticut, the New Haven school district and a food bank are offering meals and groceries to parents in response to signs of household need including stories of adults eating off children's plates. "The district kept coming up against this issue," city schools spokeswoman Mercy Quaye said. "It doesn't take a huge study to assess the need when you can see it." Coordinators of summer lunch programs around the United States have been reporting similar needs, according to Candice Stoiber, director of special nutrition programs for the regional office of the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service. more

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