Evaluation of the 2012 North Carolina Super Summer Meals Pilot
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The 2012 North Carolina Super Summer Meals Pilot program sought to increase the percentage of eligible children receiving federally funded summer meals by 10 percent in eleven pilot public school districts (known as local education agencies, or LEAs) and by 2 percent for all LEAs statewide. The program exceeded its goals, showing dramatic increases in meal sites established and meals served. Despite these gains, however, the effort to achieve them was intense, and there is clear room for further program improvement, especially in reducing the administrative burden for local school nutrition directors and community partners.
The current official poverty measure was developed in the early 1960s and only a few minor changes have been implemented since it was first adopted in 1965. The poverty threshold represents the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963 multiplied by three to allow for expenditures on other goods and services. It is updated annually based on the consumer price index to account for inflation. Family resources are defined as before-tax money income.