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  • Receiving weekend food improves school attendance among children living with hunger

    Children from food-insecure households were more likely to attend school on Fridays if they received weekend meals through the BackPack food-distribution program at their school, according to a new study of 16 elementary schools in east central Illinois. The team, from left: Barbara H. Fiese, the director of the Family Resiliency Center; Brenda Koester, the center’s assistant director; and agriculture and consumer economics professor Craig Gundersen.

    Children from food-insecure households were more likely to attend school on Fridays if they received weekend meals through the BackPack food-distribution program at their school, according to a new study of 16 elementary schools in east central Illinois. The team, from left: Barbara H. Fiese, the director of the Family Resiliency Center; Brenda Koester, the center’s assistant director; and agriculture and consumer economics professor Craig Gundersen.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Barbara H. Fiese, call 217-244-3967; email bhfiese@illinois.edu

    The study “School-based weekend feeding program: A comparison group design documents selection efficacy and appreciable effects on school attendance” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2019.1610538