End Child Hunger Through School Breakfast and Lunch, Afterschool Supper, and Summer Meals

1 in 5 children in San Diego live in households that can’t provide consistent access to enough healthy food for an active lifestyle. Lack of nutrition affects physical development and a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

San Diego Hunger Coalition provide free, hands-on assistance and ongoing guidance for any person, school, district, or organization who wants to end child hunger. Learn more by contacting the San Diego Hunger Coalition at info@sdhunger.org or (619) 501-7917.

Eligible children may receive free or reduced price school meals to help them succeed in school. To find out if your family qualifies for help and to apply, visit www.myschoolapps.com or your school district's website.

School breakfast and lunch, summer meals, and afterschool supper are just some of the ways we can end child hunger.

The San Diego Hunger Coalition presents Hunger Free Kids: Opportunities by District to End Child Hunger. This report is the first to take a deep look at San Diego’s efforts to feed more kids through federally funded child nutrition programs.

School Meals, Afterschool Supper, and Summer Meals  

The San Diego Hunger Coalition believes that school meal programs are one of the most effective tools available to eliminate child hunger.  Many low-income children depend on school meals as their primary food source Monday through Friday.  The National School Meals Program provides federal funds to schools to offer robust programs for breakfast, lunch, and after-school snack meals.  However, school districts frequently do not have the time or expertise to pursue all of the funds available and to enroll all eligible students in free and reduced price meals programs.       

The Hunger Coalition works with schools and child development programs to make good nutrition convenient and affordable in kids’ everyday environments. We focus on four main areas:  

  • School Breakfast Program. We work with schools and districts to make nutritious breakfast part of the school day, ensuring that children begin the day ready to learn.

  • Universal Free Meals. Schools with a high percentage of low-income students qualify to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students and receive full federal reimbursement. We help districts analyze their data, evaluate program options, and provide guidance on conducting program outreach and enrollment.

  • Afterschool Meals Program. We connect schools and youth organizations (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs) with resources to provide meals to children when school is not in session, including snacks and supper.

  • Summer Meals Program. When school lets out for summer, only a fraction of the children who receive free or reduced price meals during the school year participate in summer meals programs. We help schools and youth organizations secure funding and boost participation.

In 2016, the Hunger Coalition helped launch 24 new sites, feed 2,900 more children, and serve 297,219 meals, bringing in an additional $670,494 for San Diego County.

To date, our efforts have benefited students in the following school districts, communities, and partner programs: Cajon Valley, City Heights – Copley YMCA, Escondido Union Elementary, Feeding San Diego , Heaven’s Windows-Spring Valley and Southeastern San Diego,  Lemon Grove School District, San Diego Unified School District, South Bay Union School District, Sweetwater Union School District, Vista Community Clinic – Project REACH, and Westmoreland Union. Additionally, the Hunger Coalition’s one-time investment of time and resources to develop each new nutrition program benefits thousands of children over the life of the program and results in higher levels of funding for school and organizational food budgets.

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