Editorial: Expanded lunch programs in summer fill vital need




A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families went down by $103 from 2012 to 2013, but their expenses went up by $777 a year.

The survey, released this month, also showed how far behind people in low-wage jobs are falling. Families in the lowest 20th percentile earned $10,174, but their average expenses were $22,336.

For low-income families, a common way to stretch their household budget is free and reduced-price lunches at schools. Many of the children from those families also eat breakfast at school. But when the school year ends, that means the end of regular, nutritious lunches.

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