Summer Vacation Means Fewer Dependable Meals For Hungry Kids

A Chicago Public Schools preschool classroom in 2017.
A Chicago Public Schools preschool classroom in 2017. Susie An/WBEZ
A Chicago Public Schools preschool classroom in 2017.
A Chicago Public Schools preschool classroom in 2017. Susie An/WBEZ

Summer Vacation Means Fewer Dependable Meals For Hungry Kids

In Illinois, one in six children are food insecure, which means they don’t have enough to eat and don’t know where their next meal might come from.

For some, a daily school lunch is their only dependable meal in a day. But what happens when school is out for the summer?

Some districts are trying to ease the burden, including Chicago Public Schools, which offers free lunch for children over the summer through August 24.

GUESTS:

Nicole Robinson, vice president of community impact at the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Diane Doherty, executive director of the Illinois Hunger Coalition

LEARN MORE:

The View From Room 205< (WBEZ, 1/16/17)

CPS to Continue Free Lunch Program Over Summer Break (WTTW, 6/21/18)

GCFD Roadmap to reduce hunger (Greater Chicago Food Depository, 6/18)