Later this week, school lets out for over 12,000 students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Most of these students eagerly await leisurely summers dotted with s’mores, sprinklers, and sidewalk chalk. But, for the nearly 3,500 CHCCS students receiving free or reduced price meals, there can be a very different anticipation to summer.
What will they eat for breakfast and lunch now that they no longer have access to school cafeterias? How will their family stretch its SNAP benefits to cover the two extra meals a day? For these 3,500 students, hunger doesn’t take a vacation. It can be that nagging mosquito that you keep trying to swat away, but it just keeps coming back – until it’s all you can think about, it’s all-consuming.