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FRAC Summer Meals Report: Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation
Too many low-income children are missing out on summer meals, and face a greater risk of hunger.

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Breakfast Blueprint: Breakfast After the Bell Programs Support Learning
The “Breakfast Blueprint” is a guide focused on breakfast after the bell programs—such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go” breakfast and second chance breakfast—because they are increasingly popular, are well-researched and have successfully helped schools and districts improve students’ access to nutritious foods.
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Breakfast Blueprint: Breakfast After the Bell Programs Support Learning

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Jul 13, 2017
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In this guest post, Rachel Gwaltney of the National Summer Learning Association highlights the connection between summer programming and summer meals, and the benefits of both in preventing learning loss and hunger. Summer programs provide the platform for summer meals, which ensure that children have the nutrition they need to focus and learn throughout the day.

Jul 12, 2017
Guest Author

SNAP provides monthly benefits to eligible low-income people to purchase food. The average benefit for a single person is $4.40 per day, or $132 a month. I decided to take the SNAP Challenge for five days, which meant I could only spend $22 on food during this time.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The House Budget is proposing to significantly cut the number of schools eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option for high-poverty schools to offer free school meals to all students. Under the proposal, over 8,000 high-poverty schools, enrolling 3.8 million children currently participating in community eligibility, would be impacted — roughly 40 percent of the 20,000 schools currently participating.

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  • Fact Sheet

    Oklahoma’s most recent draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan takes a proactive approach towards increasing participation in the federal school, summer, and afterschool nutrition programs. Hunger Free Oklahoma actively engaged and provided feedback to the Oklahoma State Department of Education and are credited for advocating for language that includes best practices for increasing access to the child nutrition programs.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015. The bill reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s 50-year-old education law. ESSA was designed to bring more decision-making back to state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs — more commonly referred to as school districts) and to ensure that all students are prepared for the future, academically and professionally.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The Education for Homeless Children and Youths (EHCY) program, authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), was created to ensure homeless students have educational rights and protections. State Education Agencies (SEA) and Local Education Agencies (LEA) must review and revise their current policies and procedures to safeguard homeless students’ access to high-quality education as part of drafting their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans.

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