July is peak month for USDA's Summer Food Service Program

A chart showing the average daily atendance and distribution sites for the Summer Food Service Program in July, years 1989 to 2010.

The Summer Food Service Program is one of five major domestic food assistance programs administered by USDA that exclusively or primarily serve the nutritional needs of children. The program served more than 132 million meals and snacks at a cost to USDA of more than $347 million in fiscal year 2009, primarily during summer vacation. During the peak month of July, the program served 2.2 million children at 34,752 sites. This chart is from the Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs briefing room on the ERS website, updated in June 2010.

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