11% of Newton’s schoolchildren live in poverty – a 77% increase over the past 5 years. Children that qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch may lose those two meals during July and August
One such action could be applying for the children’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), brought to the attention of many of us by Tom Davis on two other threads, which is a federally funded, state administered grant program that feeds kids who qualify for reduced cost or free school lunches but go hungry in the summer.
SFSP eligibility can be determined by either of the following:
1.School Data- the community has a school at which at least 50% of these students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
2.Census Data- the community has an area in which at least 50% of children under 19 are at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.
Six communities in Newton meet the second criteria. You can find them by scrolling down the eligibility website. Some sites in Waltham accept kids from Newton. Newton Wellesley Hospital helps support several Waltham sites.