In San Diego County 1 in 5 children don't have enough to eat for an active healthy life. School meals help fill this need. However, when school lets out for the summer many students go without regular nutritious meals. Increasing participation in existing summer meal sites and launching new sites is one of the most effective ways to address child hunger.

There are more than 220 summer meal sites in San Diego County, yet many go underutilized because parents are unaware or unable to access them. The San Diego Hunger Coalition has developed the following materials and resources to help you spread the word and help children in need find free summer meal sites. 


MARKETING MATERIALS

 How to find a summer meal site

Help spread the word about FREE summer meal sites in San Diego County. Share the following information with the families your organizations serves. 

TO FIND A FREE SUMMER MEAL SITE NEAR YOU TEXT 'FOOD' TO 877-877 OR CALL 2-1-1. 

PARA LOCALIZAR EL SITIO MAS CERCA DE UD., MANDE UN TEXTO AL 877-877 CON LA PALABRA 'COMIDA' O LLAME AL 2-1-1.



Recommendations for summer meal sites & sponsors

The San Diego Diego Hunger Coalition's Summer Meals Task Force has prepared the following recommendations to help increase participation at your summer meal site. 

          Recommendations for Sites & Sponsors                                   Know Your Rights Cards
 

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The Summer Meals Task Force and North County Youth Meals Task Force work to expand participation at existing summer meal sites and launch new sites. For more information or to join a Task Force contact San Diego Hunger Coalition School Meals Program Director Robin McNulty at Robin@sdhunger.org. 


2017 Summer Meals Materials

These materials were developed using adaptable files created by No Kid Hungry as part of their Summer Meals Outreach Toolkit.  Please feel free to use these to help your organization promote summer meals in San Diego County. 

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Tomorrow's Leader's Social Media Campaign

The "Tomorrow's Leaders" social media campaign aims to raise awareness about the fact that child hunger not only negatively affects the individual health and future success of a child it also affects San Diego County's economic health. The campaign assigns a respected profession to the image of a hungry child to help demonstrate what is at stake if children are not able to reach their full potential because they are food insecure. Feel free to share these images on your organization's social media sites to help the public better understand the long-term consequences of child hunger.

Click on the links to open and download these images in a new window or drag and save the image to your computer. 


Messaging

The  San Diego Hunger Coalition has developed the following messages and talking points to help our partners promote the benefit of summer meals and the importance of ending child hunger. Feel free to use these in your organization's communications. 

  • In San Diego County, one in five children don’t have enough to eat which can affect their growth and development.
     
  • Research shows that hunger makes it difficult for children to concentrate and learn, causing many to fall behind in school.
     
  • Summer meals at places like recreation centers and affordable housing complexes help ensure low-income children have adequate energy for homework and active play – and that they won’t go to bed hungry.
     
  • Schools out, hunger isn’t. Increasing participation at existing summer meals sites and launching new sites is one of the most effective ways to end child hunger.
     
  • Preventing the academic “summer slide” starts with summer meals. Having regular access to nutritious meals when school is out of session helps children retain the knowledge they learned the previous school year.
     
  • Summer is for play! Summer meals give children the energy they need for an active healthy life.
     
  • Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation when school meals are not available.
     
  • Every child deserves their best chance at success. This begins with three healthy meals a day.

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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! 

Shifts in the current administration have created uncertainty and confusion in many immigrant communities leading many families to become more hesitant in participating in summer meals and/or voluntarily withdraw from government food assistance programs like CalFresh and WIC. Find the latest information and resources available for organizations that offer food assistance and their clients.