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The opinion piece also pointed to the feeding gap that occurs every summer. "More than 2.3 million Texas schoolchildren participate in the free and reduced-price meal programs during the school year. But, when school is out for summer, far too many of those children experience difficulty accessing healthy meals," said Lucio and Van de Putte.
The numbers are quite staggering. More than 685,000 young Texans missed out on the summer meal programs available to them. The drop-off in participation can be due to a number of contributing factors, including logistics and promotion for the local community agencies that work to bridge the gap for these young people." Read Full Op-Ed
Still, it is always good to see the issue of hunger and food insecurity get some press, especially via an opinion piece from lawmakers who can work on trying to address the problem. Now Lucio and Van de Putte's challenge is to convince their fellow lawmakers in Austin to join their efforts.