Summer Hunger

Summer Hunger is a Pervasive Issue

During the school year, low-income children have the opportunity to receive free or reduced-priced meals at school. However, millions of these same children go hungry during summer break. The federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) attempts to fill the summer meals gap by providing funding to nonprofit, government, and religious entities to serve food in congregate Summer Hungersettings to low-income children during summer breaks.

However, while some areas of the country see great success with the SFSP, many barriers to participation in the program remain, including unfamiliarity with the program or sites, lack of transportation, and limited food distribution hours. In fact, in 2012, only about 14 percent of children who participated in free or reduced-price meals during the school year participated in the SFSP, and fourteen states fed less than one-tenth of these low-income children through the SFSP.

The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act

The Stop Child Summer Hunger Act is a long-term, common-sense solution to reducing child hunger during school breaks. The legislation will provide families who have children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card. This EBT card will include funds that the family can use to purchase food to replace the meals that the children would otherwise be receiving at school.  

Stop Child Summer Hunger Act

This legislation is modeled on the successful Summer EBT for Children demonstration project that has been piloted in 14 sites in 10 states and Indian Tribal Organizations. This pilot has seen very positive results, decreasing hunger among children by about 33 percent. 

By providing benefits through an EBT card, this legislation would help reduce food insecurity by providing parents an effective way to access food for their child. Summer EBT empowers parents because it is accommodating of cultural food choices, children’s food preferences, and food allergies. It also ensures that transportation or work schedule challenges, weather, or child or parent illness are not barriers to a child receiving vital nutrition.

Legislation is Fully Offset

The bill is fully paid for by closing a tax loophole that encourages U.S. companies to shift jobs and profits offshore.  Right now, a U.S. business can finance expanded overseas operations with debt, and then deduct the interest on that debt against their U.S. taxable income before they report any associated foreign income to the IRS.  This bill would generally require that companies defer deductions for interest expense attributable to foreign income until that income is subject to U.S. tax (e.g., when it is repatriated as a dividend to the U.S. parent company).


  • Bill Text

    (Stop Child Summer Hunger Act.pdf - 408.3 KBs)
  • Supporter Quotes

    (Stop Child Summer Hunger Act Quotes of Support.pdf - 25.7 KBs)
  • Infographic

    (Stop Child Summer Hunger Act Infographic.pdf - 1.9 MBs)