School's Out...Who Ate?

School's Out...Who Ate? is CFPA's
annual report on summer nutrition in California.

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Tia Shimada
Managing Nutrition Policy Advocate
Oakland Office
510.433.1122 ext. 109

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2014 School's Out...Who Ate?

California's Summer Nutrition Gap

SOWA Summer Nutrition Gap Image

In 2013, nearly two million of California's most vulnerable kids fell into the summer nutrition gap. That is, over 80 percent of the state's low-income children and youth who benefited from free or reduced-price lunches during the academic year missed out on such meals during the summer.

Federal, State, and Local Actions

Children need access to nutritious summer meals that combat hunger and food insecurity, support year-round learning, and help prevent obesity. Local, state, and federal decision makers can ensure that all of California's kids have year-round access to healthy, affordable meals. These leaders should take action to

  • Invest in the expansion of innovative models that provide summer nutrition benefits to families with children through a debit card-like system called Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT);
  • Ensure science-based nutritional standards are used to serve summer meals that support optimal health;
  • Invest public education resources in the revitalization of summer learning programs and ensure that these programs include access to affordable, nutritious meals; and
  • Make summer meals available on all school campuses that host summer programming.

Report Materials


Full report PDF

Data Tables

State data highlights PDF
County data tables PDF
State & County Profiles: Demographics, Nutrition, Food Insecurity link

Helpful Links

Find a summer meal site link
California Department of Education - Summer Food Service link
California Summer Meal Coalition link
USDA Food and Nutrition Service - Summer Food Service Program link
Food Research and Action Center - Summer Nutrition Programs link

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