About the Situation
By the Numbers
Nearly one in four children in the U.S. lives in poverty
More than 1.3 million U.S. children experience homelessness in any given year.
In 2011, IRUSA helped support more than 30 summer food service sites to help serve needy children.
Nearly 46 million Americans—16 million children—live in poverty. Many of these children rely on subsidized meals provided at their schools for their daily nutrition. Unfortunately, when school is out, so too is the security of having a regular meal.
How the Food Service Program Helps
IRUSA is one of several faith-based community groups that establish sites where children will receive sandwiches, milk, fruits and more.
IRUSA initiated the program in the summer of 2011 with 30 sites within the Muslim community, and will be conducting the program to provide food services during the school year at weekend schools and after-school programs—in the summer, IRUSA will be at summer schools, camps and community facilities (such as playgrounds) in the Muslim community.
Here are some of the sites that IRUSA currently supports:
- Cmecca School in South Holland, IL
- Al-Maa’uun (with Masjid Al Nur) in Minneapolis
- Dar Al Hijra, Falls Church, VA
- Prince George’s Muslim Association, Lanham, MD
- Greater Lansing Islamic School in East Lansing, MI
Here are some resources from the USDA with more information about this food service program:
- Power Point presentation: “Summer Food Service Program: Food That’s In When School is Out”
- Webcast about the food service program
To learn more about this program, connect with Kyle J. Ismail, IRUSA programs manager: email@example.com.