Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern hosted a discussion at the Amherst Regional Middle School Monday, to bring awareness to the Summer Food Service Program.
“The bottom line is these kids our 100 percent of our future and we need to make sure that we are investigating in them in every single way and that includes making sure they have access to nutritious meals,” said Congressman McGovern.
The discussion is part of his fifth annual Summer Food Rocks Tour. McGovern travels the state, speaking to local officials to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.
“We believe that kids during the summer shouldn’t go hungry,” said Sash Palmer, Amherst-Pelham School food service director. “Those kids who usually have access to foods during the school year, and they are off in the summer don’t usually have access and we want to let them know that this program is out there.”
Fifty-five percent of kids in Amherst are participating in the summer food program.
The Amherst-Pelham school district has provided nearly 10,000 meals for kids 18 and under so far this summer.
“We have done a lot of work a project bread to think innovatively about how to get these programs accessible,” Erin Mcaleer, Project Bread president added. “Just this summer we were at a rural summer food site and that’s something we’ve really been focused on.”
Some of the challenges continue to be transportation; making sure kids can get to places that serve food.