Hunger among children does not take a break when school lets out for the summer. In fact, it becomes more of a problem when kids can’t eat breakfast and lunch at school. Fortunately, the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals to children in low-income areas to help them continue growing and learning. In 2015, more than 220 San Diego locations offered free meals to kids 18 years old and younger. There is no paperwork, enrollment or cost to participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Parents can find the nearest site in three ways:
- Send a text message. Text FOOD to 877-877.
- Call 2-1-1 San Diego for details. Dial 2-1-1.
- Map it online. Click here to enter your zip code.
You can help ensure that parents know how to access meals for their children as summer approaches:
- Copy the above information to your agency’s newsletter, social media, or website.
- Send the above information in an email to your agency’s partners and families.
If you have another idea about how to spread the word, please contact Robin McNulty, San Diego Hunger Coalition’s School Meals Program Director.