Audrey Rowe & Steve Cox: June 2, 2016



The end of the school year often means the end of a reliable source of regular meals, putting more than 18 million kids at risk of hunger


Audrey Rowe
USDA Administrator, Food and Nutrition Services

Steve Cox
Corporate Spokesperson, Sodexo, Inc.


According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA,) during the school year, more than 22 million kids receive free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. But when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million participate in USDA’s summer meals programs. Providing these extra meals at home can be difficult for parents. It becomes harder to make ends meet during the summer months, when grocery expenses alone can increase by more $300 per month.

Several public and private efforts work to bridge the meal gap. Feeding Our Future is one example. This summer meal program was created by Sodexo and partners with clients, suppliers and local hunger-relief organizations. It has programs in 23 cities around the U.S. Since 1997, Feeding Our Future has provided more than 4.5 million free meals to children nationwide. Sodexo also partners with the USDA to promote and implement its summer meals programs, which aim to ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Last year, USDA’s summer meals programs served nearly 191 million meals at more than 66,000 sites, and, in many areas of the country, the programs have already kicked-off for summer 2016, fueling children and teens to reach their highest potential.


USDA Administrator, Audrey Rowe, has principal responsibilities to provide children and needy families with better access to food and a more healthful diet through the USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education efforts.


Steve Cox leads public relations for Sodexo in North America. The Fortune Global 500 company has operations at 9,000 sites across North America and touches 15 million consumers daily. Steve oversees external communications for all lines of business, corporate social responsibility and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

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