School Districts Providing Free Meals to Children For Summer

The California Department of Education has announced the launch of the Summer Meals Program for 2017. Children 18 years old or younger can go to approved sites and receive free meals all summer long.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded and state-administered program that operates when schools are closed for at least 15 continuous school days or when year-round schools are off track. Children will receive a well-balanced warm meal, with fresh fruits and veggies, snacks, and milk.

“Nutritious meals help a child thrive both physically and mentally,” Torlakson said. “The Summer Meals Program helps to keep kids well-nourished during the summer months so they can return to the classroom prepared and ready to learn.”

The program provides meals to children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year or who live in areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible to receive those meals. 

“This program will help feed children in communities where food insecurity is a real issue,” Torlakson said. “Students who live in those areas can receive meals without paperwork. No child is turned away.”

To find a Summer Meal Service Site near you, visit the CDE website, or text FOOD to 877-877.