School's Out...Who Ate?

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

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Anna Colby
Nutrition Policy Advocate
Los Angeles Office
213.482.8200 ext. 204

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2016 School's Out...Who Ate?

California's Summer Nutrition Gap

SOWA Summer Nutrition Gap Image

In 2015, more than 1.7 million of California's low-income students fell into the summer nutrition gap. That is, 85 percent of the children and youth who benefitted from federally funded free or reduced-price (FRP) lunches during the school year missed out on similar lunches 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. State and federal decision makers can ensure that all of California's kids have year-round access to healthy, affordable meals. There are specific actions these leaders should take.

  • Congress should extend and expand Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) through the 2016 Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) should expand the existing SEBTC projects to include California.
  • The California State Legislature and Governor Brown should enact AB 2054 (Thurmond), which would prepare California to effectively and efficiently implement federally funded SEBTC.

Organizations and individuals can help AB 2054 move successfully through the legislative process. There are a number of valuable ways to express support for AB 2054, including

  • Contacting state legislators and the Governor through letters, emails, phone calls, and social media; and
  • Sharing your stories and educating others about summer hunger.

Learn more by visiting CFPA's AB 2054 page. To receive legislative updates, including calls to action, subscribe to AB 2054 alerts.

Report Materials

Press Releases

Statewide and County-specific press releases:


Full report PDF

Data Tables

State data highlights PDF
County data table: Average daily lunch participation PDF
County data table: Site summary PDF
State & County Profiles: Demographics, Nutrition, Food Insecurity link

AB 2054 & Summer EBT Resources

AB 2054 Fact Sheet PDF
Summer EBT Fact Sheet PDF

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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