SUMMER IS THE HUNGRIEST TIME OF YEAR
You may be shocked to learn that nearly 1 in 4 children in Orange County depend on their school lunch for the majority of their daily nutrition (source: ochealthinfo.com). As you know, a healthy diet helps children grow, develop, and do well in school. But for many kids, school lunch is their only guaranteed meal of the day.
The loss of this school-based nutritious food program presents an immense challenge to parents who are already struggling to pay rent or their mortgage, and necessary utility bills. Schools have also become leaders in obesity prevention strategies. While in school, children have access to healthy meals, nutrition education programs, and multiple outlets for physical activity. During the summer, however, children are at a higher risk of obtaining health problems due to inactivity and malnutrition. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 children will become diabetic and are at risk of hypertension.