Facilitated by the San Diego Hunger Coalition, the Hunger Free Kids Task Force is the leading resource for starting new afterschool supper and summer meal sites and improving existing sites.

The Task force approaches child hunger with systems-level, sustainable solutions that produce consistent, tangible results. The goal is to increase countywide participation in meal programs that occur when school is not in session to ensure our region's low-income children have year-round access to three meals a day. 

The Task Force is a forum for San Diego County afterschool and summer meal sponsors, sites, and community partners to come together to collectively identify and resolve problems around programming and other barriers to participation. Through its facilitation of the Task Force, San Diego Hunger Coalition provides expert technical assistance to help meal sites and sponsors increase participation, identify enrichment activities, increase community awareness about these meal programs and unlock available federal dollars to sustain kids’ meals at schools and in the community. 

Task Force members meet regularly to review best practices, discuss specific issues, generate ideas to improve awareness, leverage resources to enhance programming, and build capacity among local community-based organizations.  

Hunger Free Kids Task Force Goals:

  1. Increase number of summer and afterschool meal sites

  2. Increase participation at summer and afterschool meal sites

  3. Increase enrichment programming at existing sites

Participating organizations include:

  • Mid-City CAN

  • National City Community Services Department

  • Neighborhood House Association

  • Oceanside Unified School District

  • Outdoor Outreach

  • Project New Village

  • ProKids

  • Reality Changers

  • San Diego County Public Library

  • San Diego Food Bank

  • San Diego State University, WIC

  • San Diego Unified School District

  • San Ysidro School District

  • SAY San Diego

  • Scripps Health

  • South Bay Community Services

  • South Bay Union School District

  • Sweetwater Union High School District

  • U-Can Read

  • U.C. San Diego Division of Community Pediatrics

  • U.C. San Diego Center for Community Health, School Wellness

  • United Way of San Diego County

  • University of California Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

  • Vista Community Clinic

  • Volunteers of America Southwest

  • YMCA Childcare Resource Services

  • YMCA of San Diego County

  • 2-1-1 San Diego

  • American Red Cross, WIC

  • BAME Community Development Corporation

  • Bayside Community Center

  • Cajon Valley Union School District

  • California Summer Meals Coalition

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego

  • City of Lemon Grove

  • City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services Dept.

  • City of San Diego Public Library

  • City of San Diego Park and Recreation

  • Community Health Improvement Partners

  • Community Housing Works

  • Copley Price YMCA

  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

  • Dairy Council of California

  • Escondido Education COMPACT

  • Escondido Union School District

  • Fallbrook Elementary School District

  • Feeding San Diego

  • Heaven’s Windows

  • Home Start

  • Hope for Housing Foundation

  • Interfaith Services

  • Kitchens for Good

  • Lakeside School District

  • Leah’s Pantry

Upcoming Meetings

North County San Diego Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1000 Vale Terrace Vista, CA 92084 Women’s Center 2nd floor Classroom 3

Central San Diego Tuesday, October 8, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm San Diego Hunger Coalition 4305 University Avenue Suite 545 San Diego, CA 92105

North County San Diego Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1000 Vale Terrace Vista, CA 92084 Women’s Center 2nd floor Classroom 3

NO MEETING IN DECEMBER - download CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application on your smartphone to find meal sites open during the holidays.

North County San Diego Tuesday, January 14, 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1000 Vale Terrace Vista, CA 92084 Women’s Center 2nd floor Classroom 3

Central San Diego Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm San Diego Hunger Coalition 4305 University Avenue Suite 545 San Diego, CA 92105

North County San Diego Tuesday, March 10, 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1000 Vale Terrace Vista, CA 92084 Women’s Center 2nd floor Classroom 3

Central San Diego Tuesday, April 14, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm San Diego Hunger Coalition 4305 University Avenue Suite 545 San Diego, CA 92105

North County San Diego Tuesday, May 12, 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am 1000 Vale Terrace Vista, CA 92084 Women’s Center 2nd floor Classroom 3

Central San Diego Tuesday, June 9, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm San Diego Hunger Coalition 4305 University Avenue Suite 545 San Diego, CA 92105

NO MEETING IN JULY - Text “FOOD” to 877-877 to find summer meals near you, or call 2-1-1!


Meeting Minutes


The Hunger Free Kids Task Force welcomes new members! If you have questions or would like to attend a meeting, please contact Paloma Perez Bertrand at the San Diego Hunger Coalition at paloma@sdhunger.org or 619-501-7917 ext. 104.