Obama Helping Kids In Need

It's a challenge making sure that low-income children who get free and reduced-priced meals during the school year continue to get fed during the summer. Government meal programs served 3.8 million children on an average summer day last year — far fewer than the 22 million children who got subsidized meals during the school year. Now, the Obama administration wants to change that. The president proposed in his 2017 budget that next month, families who qualify for subsidized school meals be given a special electronic benefits card that will allow them to buy an additional $45 in groceries per child each month when school is out. "The reality is, obviously, we still have millions of kids that are not getting the help and assistance they need," says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who oversees the program. The president is suggesting the time has come to make a longer term, permanent commitment to making sure that all kids have access to meals during the summer and frankly, I agree 100 percent. His initiative to help the kids is great. I, for one, remember some kids would show up to school just so that they could eat the free food.

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