Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Article spotlight: Washington Post

There is a brief, but good piece in the Washington Post from Saturday, written by the president of the Capital Area Food Bank, entitled "School's Out, But Hunger Isn't Taking A Break":
While the summer offers many children a chance to live free of care and to indulge in a world of fantasy and make-believe ["A Kid's Reality," Metro, June 26], for more than 200,000 children in the Washington area, life becomes not so easy and the enjoyment of summer is overshadowed by a lack of food.

The summer presents us all with challenges on how to guarantee that children and families at risk of hunger have access to nutritious food and three quality meals each day.

1 comment:

Judy Redman said...

I know this isn't food-related, but if the US is anything like Australia, the summer also offers the challenge of providing adequate supervision/care for children from low waged single parent families and those where both parents need to work simply to make ends meet and can't afford long day care for their kids while there's no school (ie the "working poor"). These people simply don't have enough annual leave to stay home for all the school holidays and unless there are grandparents around, so kids often get left in the care of older siblings etc. People like Dobson have no idea what it's like not to have disposible income.