Department of Education Kicks Off Summer Food Program

By Andrew Pillow

It’s no secret that access to food is one of the most important aspects of school. Many students are not able to get adequate meals at home, and school fills that void.

But what happens when school is out?

Indiana has a program that addresses that problem. The 2016 Summer Food Service Program is back. 260 community partners will provide free meals to youth at over 1000 locations.

The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, and has been providing food to hungry students since 1975.

Superintendent Glenda Ritz believes this program addresses a core need of the Indiana community.

“With more than one in five Hoosier students living in poverty, programs like the Summer Food Service Program are essential to providing adequate nutrition to our most vulnerable students.” said Ritz.

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.