Free Meals Will Be Served at 29 School Cafeterias This Summer
The Million Meals Summer Coalition is getting ready to launch its effort for the 2018 Summer Meal program with assistance from Sacramento City Unified School District schools and a group of elected officials, community and business leaders. The launch event will take place on May 22 at the State Capitol.
As part of this effort, district cafeterias will be open this summer at 29 school sites. Children and teens will be able to eat nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge beginning June 18. To find schools open for breakfast and lunch text the word FOOD or COMIDA to 877877 or call 211 for the most updated dates and meal time information.
During the school year, SCUSD’s Nutrition Services serves more than 45,000 meals a day in school cafeterias throughout the city. Many students eat for free: About two-thirds of SCUSD’s 44,000 students qualify for a free or reduced-price meal through the federal school lunch program.
County wide, more than 86,000 children live in poverty, according to State Senator Richard Pan. In a letter to community leaders, he stressed the need to continue children’s meal programs over the summer months. “In Sacramento County, on average 1.9 million free or reduced price lunches are served each while school is in session. However, in July, that number drops to 164,912 lunches served. That is less than 10 percent of the lunches served to low-income children during the school year,” Senator Pan states.
Access to meals throughout the summer helps ensure kids are healthy and ready to learn when school resumes in September. “Along with the enrichment and academic programs offered by SCUSD’s Expanded Learning Summer Program, students will be offered a hot breakfast and lunch, with seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables from regional growers like Vierra Farms, Fully Belly Farms and Okui Farms ” states Diana Flores, Nutrition Services Director. To see SCUSD’s full summer meal menu, visit: www.scusd.edu/nutrition-menus.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) benefits all children in accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy. Summer Food Service is a federally-funded program and SCUSD’s costs are reimbursed by the federal government. Children do not need to be enrolled in any programs to receive free meals.