USDA officials to tour SCUSD’s free summer meals program

Press release

July 19, 2016 (Sacramento):  Senior officials with the United States Department of Agriculture will visit SCUSD’s free summer meals program on Thursday (July 21).

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe and USDA Regional Administrator Jesus Mendoza Jr. will observe the breakfast program at Elder Creek Elementary School. The team selected an SCUSD school to visit because it is gathering information on how a nutritious summer meal program can help prevent summer learning loss and ensure students are ready when school resumes in the fall.

This summer, SCUSD’s Nutrition Services staff is preparing and serving about 6,500 free meals a day at 32 sites throughout Sacramento. The program runs in tandem with SCUSD’s award-winning Summer Matters enrichment program for children and teens.

USDA’s Rowe is a longtime advocate for improving the lives of women and children through better nutrition. On the national level, she led the effort to pass the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation.

  • WHAT:  USDA Officials Tour SCUSD’s Summer Meal Program
  • WHEN:  7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 21
  • WHERE:  Elder Creek Elementary School, 7934 Lemon Hill Ave.
  • WHO:  Rowe, Mendoza, Nutrition Services staff and students