The 10 cities receiving CHAMPS grants in 2016 are: Alabaster, Alabama; Huntsville, Alabama; Mobile; Alabama; Tuskegee, Alabama; Glendale, California; Riverside, California; Stockton, California; Kansas City, Kansas; Lawrence; Kansas; and Wichita, Kansas.
"Research has shown that school-age children perform better when they are eating well, so it is absolutely critical that we take steps to make sure our kids have regular access to healthy foods. It's an important part of building and sustaining a healthy community," said Mayor Mark Holland of Kansas City, Kansas. "I'm especially excited that the Kansas City, Kansas Schools and Healthy Communities Wyandotte came together to identify a creative approach to address this need. A big thank you to both for taking on this project."
According to a new FRAC report, participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs plateaued last summer across the country, despite three prior years of significant growth.
In Alabama and California, though more children are receiving free and reduced lunch in school, many are not being reached with afterschool and summer nutrition. In Kansas, a state with the lowest summer meal participation rates in the nation, fewer than 1 in 10 low-income children participate in Summer Nutrition Programs.
NLC and FRAC are also funding state municipal leagues and state-based anti-hunger organizations in each of the three states to assist with outreach and provide technical assistance to cities over the course of the 16-month project.
For more information, about after school and summer meals program, visit www.nlc.org/CHAMPS.
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