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When you’re dealing with housing challenges or struggling to feed a growing family, it can be overwhelming. During times like these, it may be hard to keep your child’s attendance on track. But when you make sure your child stays in school, it helps them maintain academic and emotional stability and helps ensure they receive good nutrition during your family’s transitional period.

School and aftercare programs are great places to ensure that children’s nutritional and physical needs are being met. When school is out, parents can also help address their children’s food needs by enrolling their children in summer learning programs. Beyond effectively reducing summer learning loss, 86% of these programs provide kids with at least one meal or snack each day–and 74% offer more than just a snack.

When you’re going through a tough time, you can bridge the difficulties until you’re able to manage on your own again. Follow the links below to find resources to help your family get back on solid ground.

  • 2-1-1 Food and Housing

    2-1-1 is a nationwide emergency and crisis resource center available both online and by phone by dialing 2-1-1. Here you’ll find local food assistance programs for your family, information about free and reduced-cost school breakfast and lunch, and ways to help bridge your child’s out-of-school food needs during the summer.

    2-1-1 also has information to help you find safe, clean housing—both emergency and longer-term—and help you with utility payments and housing repairs.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

    SNAP offers food assistance for your growing family when you’re struggling to keep enough food in the pantry. Start here to see if you qualify or to contact your local SNAP office.

  • National School Lunch Plan (NSLP)

    All children need a healthy lunch to fuel their learning during the school day. The NSLP ensures that every student receives a nutritionally balanced meal at lunchtime, either free or at a low cost. This website can help you determine if your child qualifies.

  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

    This supplemental nutrition and health education program supports mothers, infants and children up to five years old who come from low-income families in order to ensure a healthy start for both mom and baby.

  • National Center for Homeless Education

    Shifts in housing and sudden homelessness are disruptive, but you can minimize their impact on your child’s education. This site will help you maintain the continuity of your child’s schooling during times of transition.

  • Resources for Homeless Youth

    A one-stop spot for homeless youth and those who help care for them, this site offers emergency and long-term housing assistance as well as information on programs, resources and publications to help get homeless youth into a safe and stable environment.

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