Fighting summer hunger block by block, lunch by lunch

by Alfred Lubrano

Photo: Nilsa Adorno, 30, of Franklinville, has neighborhood children form a line to eat free lunch supplied by the federal government and distributed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The meals make up for school lunches children miss during summer. [David Maialetti/Philly.com]

Just 40% of the children who receive school lunches are reached in the summer: the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger measured lunch consumption during October and July 2017. In Philadelphia public and charter schools, around 130,000 free lunches were served per day in October; in July, 52,000 lunches were served per day at the city’s summer food sites.