Summer break provides a respite from coursework and testing, but for some school-age children it can also mean more than two months without a nutritious meal.
During the recent school year, Burbank and Glendale schools provided free and reduced-price meals to 5,065 students and 12,000 students, respectively — or 33% and 46% of total enrollment at each of the districts.
Federal programs allow districts to continue nutritional support during summer school. But for the second consecutive year, Glendale and Burbank schools are enrolling significantly fewer students during the summer session, a result of state budget cuts, officials say.
City-specific data on the drop-off rates during summer break were not available, but school officials acknowledged that food instability for their low-income families is a concern come June.
“If these kids are in need during the school year, they are probably going to be in need during the summer as well,” said Jennifer Chin, director of food services at Glendale Unified.