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Food Insecurity: Summertime Hunger

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What happens to school lunch recipients during summer months?
Air Date: 4/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Food Insecurity: Summertime Hunger
Food insecurity is a frightening reality.

Some families do not have enough resources to purchase the food they need. One in five children lives in a home that is food insecure. This is the reason for the school breakfast and lunch programs. But, what happens with these children when school is out?

There are programs like the Summer Food Service program that provide reimbursement to organizations that supply qualifying meals. Schools, government agencies, summer camps, day camps, churches and community organizations tend to participate in this program.

Community food banks still provide food for needy families throughout the year. If you are able to volunteer or donate, you can help thwart food insecurity. You can also approach food banks to be sure your children have enough food for summer if you are having difficulty.

Listen in as Corinn Cross, MD, shares how you can be sure needy children are well-fed during the summer months.

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