USDA has announced the recipients of grants to improve the delivery of nutrition assistance to low-income children during the summer months. Four sponsors in New York, Massachusetts and Delaware were chosen to receive funds to implement the Home Delivery demonstration project, while 16 sponsors in Arizona, Ohio and Kansas were selected to implement the Food Backpacks demonstration project.
The Home Delivery demonstration project will provide funding to develop ways to deliver summer meals to eligible children in rural areas at a sustainable cost. For example, the Cape Cod YMCA will develop delivery routes in rural Barnstable, Mass. and will deliver up to two days worth of breakfast and lunch meals to approximately 100 children each day. The meals will include a variety of nutritious foods including low-fat milk, locally grown fruits and vegetables and fresh or frozen entrees that are easy to prepare.
"Hunger doesn't end when the school bell rings. Gap periods, like the summer months, often present nutritional challenges to children from low-income households," Ag Secretary Vilsack said. "USDA's Summer Food Service Program ensures that healthy foods are available throughout the year to help youth reach their full potential and win the future."