PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Less than half the children who receive a free or subsidized breakfast or lunch in Philadelphia during the school year receive a subsidized meal in the summer months and often go hungry. While there are many providers and locations for children to receive a subsidized meal, many parents are unaware of these resources.
The University of Pennsylvania offers innovative problem solving courses for its students. In these classes students study an issue in depth and then make actionable recommendations that address a pressing need in our city or nation.
In the spring semester a class of Penn students examined ways to increase participation in the summer feeding programs for low income children in Philadelphia.
The Penn students created a web based tool that allows parents to find the nearest feeding site to their home. The US Department of Agriculture has given Penn’s Fox Leadership Program and its students the “Summer Champion” award for creating PaSummerMeals.com.
Reported By Dr. Marciene Mattleman, KYW Newsradio