The nonprofit group Hunger Free America has released a report which states that over 84 percent of kids in NC fail to get summer meals. The group is publicizing the USDA National Hunger Hotline – which can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY through which callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them. Even though children need just as much, if not more, nutrition during the summer months, in North Carolina only 15.8 percent of kids who receive free and reduced school meals, receive summer meals.  Raising awareness about this program is the single greatest barrier to participation.  Summer meals are available to all kids 18 and under, and no identification is required. If you know of a child in need, share the National Hunger Hotline.