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Summer Nutrition Checkup for Montana Kids

GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Montana has improved in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.
GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Montana has improved in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.
July 17, 2014

HELENA, Mont. – Summertime shouldn't be hunger time.

That's the push this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage children to pick up nutritious food at sites around the state.

The Montana Summer Food Service Program offers meal sites around the state, targeting low-income children.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) says the state boosted its participation rate in the program by almost 13 percent last year, yet is only reaching a fraction of the 45,000 students who depend on school meals.

Signe Anderson, a senior child nutrition policy analyst with FRAC, says top-performing states offer mobile meals – going to where children spend their time, and that's important in rural areas.

"Oftentimes kids are in parks and they're outside,” she says. “And ideally, that's where you want them to be, is outside and active and in a safe space."

The goal is to reach 40 percent of students during the summer who normally receive free or reduced price lunches during the school year.

Anderson says meals can be provided by churches, YMCAs, parks and recreation departments, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

"You know, they have the programming and the structure there, during the summertime when they're not in school, to do activities in addition to the meal,” she explains.

There's no paperwork required for summer meals and no questions are asked.

And there are sites in most counties, although about a dozen are without.

Organizations interested in offering meals can contact the Montana Food Bank Network.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT