Applications Are Open for California’s Summer Meal Programs

Food insecurity doesn’t take summer vacations. Students that receive free lunch throughout the school year may not get enough food during the summer hiatus.

Enter the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which provide free meals to children 18 and under while school is out.

On Jan. 31, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that applications are now available for the programs. These are offered in communities where at least 50% of students quality for free or reduced-price school lunch.

“Food insecurity is a daily struggle for some of our students and their families and that struggle can become even more critical during the summer months,” said Thurmond in a press release. “Summer Meal Programs provide children in poverty with the nutritious meals necessary to help them strive physically and mentally. A child who is not distracted by hunger is a child ready to learn.”

The applications are due by May 15.