Summer can be a difficult time of year for children in rural areas of Eastern Montana. Many families struggle to provide additional food for their children, who largely depend on school systems to provide nutritional meals.
Reportedly, one in six children in Montana live in households where consistent meals are not guaranteed and although that number has dropped, officials from the Montana Food Bank Network note that any number above zero is worthy of concern.
Across the country, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program works to combat hunger in the months when kids are away from school. It has more than 90 sponsors throughout Montana, including schools, nonprofits and churches. There still are some Montana communities without sites, but the program continues to grow. To find a location, Montanans can text “summer meals” to 97779 or visit fns.usda.gov.