Childhood hunger in the U.S. may be generally seen as a city problem,
but a hunger activist says that\’s not the case.
A number of school systems, non-profits and other organizations make sure that kids don\’t suffer a \”nutrition gap\” when school is out.
If the stalemate on Capitol Hill cuts off federal food assistance programs, area food banks could bare the brunt of feeding hungry families in the D.C. region beginning in November.
Food pantry stores dwindle during the summertime even though the need doesn\’t go away. And the new Wegmans in Germantown is stepping in to help a local food bank keep the food flowing to hungry families.
Everyday a meal truck visits six apartment complexes in Suitland, Md., to help feed low-income children. Without access to free or reduced school meals, feeding children during the summer can cause struggling families\’ grocery bills spike.
The experience of eating just $5 worth of food a
day left its mark on Montgomery County officials
who said they were left hungry and humbled by
what thousands of families in their own community
Feeding a family on $5 a day is not a challenge
for thousands of families, it\’s a necessity.
Even in affluent Montgomery County, thousands
struggle to live on the federally funded
supplemental nutrition assistance program, or
SNAP, known to most people as food stamps.
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