Summer is Here! What does that mean for children where you live?

Summer is Here! What does that mean for children where you live?

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School is out for summer across Northwest North Carolina! But for too many children, when school ends, lunches end.

Across the 18 counties that Second Harvest Food Bank serves, more than half of all school age children income-qualify to receive free or reduced priced meals at school. School lunches, and increasingly breakfasts, have become central and essential to our children’s diets.

But across our region, only 14% of those children– the children we know are in need– are able to access free summer lunch programs. Second Harvest and our partner network are working hard to change that.

What is happening in your county?

Alamance-Burlington Schools: 54.29% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Alexander County Schools: 54.32% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Alleghany County Schools: 66.50% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Ashe County Schools: 62.59% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Caldwell County Schools: 58.97% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Caswell County Schools: 63.52% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Davidson County: 47.27% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Lexington City Schools: 67.19% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Thomasville City Schools: 62.32$ of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Davie County Schools: 47.71% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Forsyth County Schools: 51.28% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Guilford County Schools: 53.09% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Iredell-Statesville Schools: 45.20% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Randolph County Schools: 57.93% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Asheboro City Schools: 77.09% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Rockingham County Schools: 53.39% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Stokes County Schools: 53.27% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Surry County Schools: 64.91% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Elkin City Schools: 44.76% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals. Mount Airy City Schools: 62.17% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Watauga County Schools: 41.49% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Wilkes County Schools: 50.53% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

Yadkin County Schools: 59.72% of school children qualify for free and reduced meals.

(All data from the NC Department of Public Instruction based on 2015/16 school data)

Learn more about how Second Harvest and our partner network responds to summer hunger and about our childhood hunger initiatives here.

Find a Summer Meal Site near you here.

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