The Summer Food Service Program provides low-income children more than 45,000 meals at Michigan schools, libraries, churches, community centers and parks. So if these programs already exist, why aren't they reaching the children in need? A lack of awareness is preventing families from using these services to their full capacity.
Confusion among families may also keep participation rates low, said Sharon Quincy, manager of nutrition services for the Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion. Many parents assume the programs have been cut due to budget restraints, she said. But there are more than 200 meal sites around Detroit — so most children can get breakfast or lunch within walking distance.Read the full article: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/07/some_michigan_kids_lack_summer.html
"People think the program is not going on, so they don't bother to come out," she said.