Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2019

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Summer Nutrition Status Report measures the reach of the Summer Nutrition Programs in July 2018, nationally and in each state. A companion piece, FRAC’s Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Breakfast Status Report, focuses on summer breakfast participation.

Pennsylvania saw a slight increase in the number of Summer Food Service Program Sponsors and Sites from July 2017 to July 2018. In 2017, there were 302 sponsors and in 2018, 304 sponsors.  The report indicates Pennsylvania had 2,608 sites in 2017 and 2,716 sites in 2018. Click here to access the Pennsylvania Summer Food Service Program report.

The FRAC report breaks down the number of summer food service program lunches served in June, July, and August 2017 and 2018, by month and state. The greatest volume of summer lunches in Pennsylvania were served during the month of July. In July 2017, 1,331,572 lunches were served and in July, 2018, 1,296,345, a decrease of 2.6%. The month of August saw a greater loss of 24.9% from 2017 to 2018 while June lunch distribution increased by 2.5%.

Worth noting in Pennsylvania, the number of daily participants in the Regular School Year National School Lunch Program (NSLP) increased 2.6% from July, 2017 to July, 2018 while the average daily participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) dropped 7.3% during the same time period.

For more information, read the full report or check out the interactive map and tables that provide state-by-state data on participation in breakfast and lunch service through the Summer Nutrition Programs.

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