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Summer is a tough time for children who rely on free or reduced-fee school meals as their most reliable source of nutrition. The Hunger Free Summer campaign exists to ensure that no child goes hungry during summer break. Together we can succeed.
In southeast Michigan, more than 300,000 children receive free or reduced-price meals in school.
According to Kids Count in Michigan, 2016:
Child hunger is a critical problem in Michigan. 1 in 5 kids in southeast Michigan struggles with hunger and more than a third of Michigan children live in homes where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
Many of these children rely on school meals for their daily nutrition. In southeast Michigan alone, nearly 300,000 children receive free or reduced-fee meals. When the school year ends, hunger sets in and these children often go without the food they need to grow healthy and strong.