Summer Meals Program
Summer meals fill the gap for kids, teens and families when school and afterschool meals are not available. Through the federal Summer Food Program and Seamless Summer Option, nonprofits and school districts can make sure that kids and teens are getting enough to eat during the summer break. All children 18 and under may go to a site and receive free meals on summer weekdays without questions or paperwork.
Benefits of Summer Meals:
Kids and teens have a safe place to go during the summer break.
No Summer Slide - kids and teens forgetting some of what they learned during the school year.
Helps families make ends meet during the summer.
Increased participation in summer activities.
Meals are fully reimbursable, leaving more money for activities.
San Diego Hunger Coalition provides free hands-on technical assistance for school districts and nonprofits to start serving Afterschool Supper. Our experienced team assesses financial feasibility, builds consensus amongst stakeholders (e.g. parents, board members, custodians), and helps districts with grant writing for start-up costs.
Interested in starting Summer Meals in your school, district, or afterschool program? Contact one of our Child Hunger Specialists for more information, technical assistance and hands-on support!
Since 2015, San Diego Hunger Coalition has helped start new meal programs at 59 schools and nonprofits, reaching an estimated 4,700 low-income children each week with additional healthy meals.
RESOURCES & MATERIALS
Marketing & Communications
Below are some marketing materials designed for you to share through your networks and with your communities.
Please download flyers and images for summer 2019 and share with everyone!
Full Page Flyer
Customizable Full Page Flyer
Half Page Flyer
Facebook Cover Art
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.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY SUMMER MEALS SITE LOCATION FLYERS
(Click link to download)
This is only a partial listing of available sites. For a full list, please visit the California Department of Education’s website by CLICKING HERE.
This web page will be updated throughout the summer of 2019, please check back!
What is the Summer Meals Program?
The Summer Meals Program is officially called the Summer Food Service Program. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to ensure children under the age of 18 do not go hungry during the summer months, when school meals are not available.
The program is typically found at schools, park and recreation sites, lower-income housing developments, or community organizations.
To find a location near you, check with your local school district, your local park and recreation center, or click here for the State agency.
Neither learning nor the need for good nutrition ends with the school year. For children who enjoy this program, the food they receive helps keep them healthy, ready to learn, and can contribute to better behavior.
Unfortunately, in San Diego County only 1 in 10 children enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program participate in the Summer Meals program. Low participation in summer meal programs happens for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of nearby sites (which is particularly an issue in rural areas). This puts these children at risk for illness and other health issues. When school resumes in the fall, they are more likely to fall into a cycle of poor performance due to lack of (nutritious) food.
Eligibility and Sites
Summer meals are open to all children under the age of 18. There are no income qualifications, no enrollment, and no paperwork required to participate.
A site is a location where the summer meals are served. Sites can be a school, church, library, park and recreation center or a local community organization, i.e. YMCA. Open Summer Meal sites provide free meals to any child who comes to the site. These sites operate in low-income areas where 50% or more of the children residing in the area are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Click here for a listing of summer meals sites. San Diego Hunger Coalition recommends checking with your local site to confirm the program is still being offered at that location.
If you are interested in learning how to become a site or sponsor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-501-7917 ext. 104.