The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) recently released its 2018 Summer Nutrition Status Report, which offers insight into which states are making strides with summer meal program participation. The report ranked each state based on how many children took part in its summer meal programs during July 2017, compared to its school meal participation among low-income students during the previous school year. Here are the top 10 performing states.
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6. New Jersey
Number of students who received summer meals for every 100 who participated in the free and reduced program during the school year: 23.7
Average summer meals served daily during July 2017: 101,138
Good to know: Last month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that requires eligible schools to offer summer meal sites.
1. District of Columbia
Number of students who received summer meals for every 100 who participated in the free and reduced-price program during the school year: 47.9
Average summer meals served daily during July 2017: 20,260
Good to know: This is the second year in a row that the District of Columbia was ranked first in summer meal participation by the FRAC.