RCSD Says More Than 60% of Kids Who Need Access to Food This Summer Will Go Hungry

Published 06/16 2014 03:06PM

Updated 06/16 2014 08:57PM

When kids don't have access to food during the summer they can become malnourished.  By the time they get back to school in the fall, they may not be ready to learn.  Students at school #50 enjoyed "sun butter" sandwiches and hot food this afternoon.  The district estimates 17,000 students will be left without a place to get breakfast or lunch this summer.  They're working with Foodlink and the city to provide meals but they say they're not reaching all the families who need help. 

David Brown, Director of Food Services for the RCSD, said, "We're serving about a third of them between us and Foodlink and the city of Rochester rec programs. What we're hoping to do is get more communication out there as we're doing now in order to let parents know that there are these opportunities."

Parents can call 211 for a list of places where kids can get free meals.

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