EDUCATION

At summer lunch programs, schools see hungry parents, too

  • Parents and their children wait in line for food in New Haven, Conn., Thursday July 14, 2016. While classes are out for the summer, schools in high-poverty areas often stay open to continue providing meals to children. Increasingly, officials are sensing a need to address hunger among their parents, too. In New Haven, the school district and a food bank recently began offering food for the entire household. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)

    Parents and their children wait in line for food in New Haven, Conn., Thursday July 14, 2016. While classes are out for the summer, schools in high-poverty areas often stay open to continue providing meals to children. Increasingly, officials are sensing a need to address hunger among their parents, too. In New Haven, the school district and a food bank recently began offering food for the entire household. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Food is bagged for parents and their children while waiting in line in New Haven, Conn., Thursday July 14, 2016. While classes are out for the summer, schools in high-poverty areas often stay open to continue providing meals to children. Increasingly, officials are sensing a need to address hunger among their parents, too. In New Haven, the school district and a food bank recently began offering food for the entire household. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)

    Food is bagged for parents and their children while waiting in line in New Haven, Conn., Thursday July 14, 2016. While classes are out for the summer, schools in high-poverty areas often stay open to continue providing meals to children. Increasingly, officials are sensing a need to address hunger among their parents, too. In New Haven, the school district and a food bank recently began offering food for the entire household. (AP Photo/Michael Melia)  (The Associated Press)

Schools that also provide meals for students during summer months are finding that adults in the household need the meals as well to keep from going hungry.

In Connecticut, the New Haven school district and a food bank recently began offering food for parents and guardians in response to anecdotal evidence, including stories of adults eating off children's plates.

Candice Stoiber is director of special nutrition programs for a Boston-based office of the U.S. Agriculture Department. She says summer meal coordinators around the United States have reported similar concerns, and her office has been talking with them about how to address the need.

Stoiber recommends the kind of partnership created by the New Haven district and the Connecticut Food Pantry.