When school is out, many children lose access to resources that are provided during the school year – including meals. A recent report from the National Summer Learning Association, Summertime and Weight Gain provides some interesting information about the impact of food insecurity during the summer break: 85% of young people lose access to reliable school meals during the summer. Without a balanced meal, children lose the ability to focus, making the return to school in the fall a difficult transition.
How can we solve this problem of children who go without food in the summer? In Charles County, as in many other places around the country, there are programs that help provide summer meals. Charles County Public Schools, in partnership with other county agencies, offers a FREE summer lunch program, “Lunch on Us”, for all children and teens ages 18 and younger, Monday through Friday at different locations. From June 27th through August 12th, meals are available at different times. Lunch must be eaten on site. For more information go to: