Summer Nutrition Programs for Children

The US Department of Agriculture has launched a group of summer nutrition services for children, known as the SUN Programs, as part of an effort to combat food insecurity and malnutrition among students when they are typically out of school.

Even as life returns to normal in a post-pandemic world, students and educators continue to grapple with the challenges of this once-in-a-lifetime situation. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) recently found that 70 percent of public schools reported an increase in the number of students seeking mental health services at school since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, while roughly three-quarters (76 percent) of schools also reported an increase in staff voicing concerns about students exhibiting symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.