A survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the average income for families went down by $103 from 2012 to 2013, but their expenses went up by $777 a year.
The survey, released this month, also showed how far behind people in low-wage jobs are falling. Families in the lowest 20th percentile earned $10,174, but their average expenses were $22,336.
For low-income families, a common way to stretch their household budget is free and reduced-price lunches at schools. Many of the children from those families also eat breakfast at school. But when the school year ends, that means the end of regular, nutritious lunches.
To meet that need and to serve other children who might go without lunch during summer because no one is home to prepare it, local school districts are again offering summer feeding programs. Administrators also are working to move the programs closer to where families live in an attempt to feed more children.
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