CHICAGO (CBS) — Kids will be out for the summer on Tuesday if they’re in the Chicago Public Schools system, but it’s not always a great thing to be on break. because some kids have trouble getting healthy meals outside of school.
CPS offers free breakfast and lunch to all students throughout the school year, and it can be a help for low-income families.
Jim Conwell, spokesman for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, said the need for food is generally higher in the summer.
“For families who are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, when their children are out of school, that’s an additional expense,” he said.
Only 14 of every 100 students who receive free meals during the school year take advantage of the district’s summer meals program, according to Conwell.
“Summer meals historically haven’t been utilized at the same level as school free and reduced-price meals. So we know that there’s a gap where there are children in need who can use good, nutritious meals during the summer,” he said.