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Summer Meal Sites and Resources

Summer Meal Sites and Resources

About 52% of San Diego County students qualify for free or reduced-price meals and the need for nutrition support doesn't stop when the school year ends. There are several ways to find sites in your community that serve meals to kids up to age 18 at no cost. Families can use these tools to find sites outside their community if travelling during the summer.

California Department of Education Meal Sites List

The California Department of Education hosts a list of summer meal service sites in San Diego County.

  • Site list can be filtered by school district, city/area, ZIP code, and more 
  • Some sites are by enrollment only
  • Check with your child's school district for times and locations

U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Meal Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) website features summer meal programs. Families can find a meal service site near them by:

  • Using the USDA Meal Site Finder, also available in Spanish
  • Texting “Summer Meals” to 914-342-7744
  • Calling 866-3-HUNGRY or 877-8-HAMBRE for Spanish assistance. These lines are in operation between 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. Pacific Time. 

San Diego Hunger Coalition Meal Site Finder

All children 18 and under may go to a site and receive free meals on summer weekdays without questions or paperwork.

  • To find the nearest summer meal site near you, text "FOOD" or "COMIDA" to 304-304. 

Food Assistance Resources for Individuals and Families

The San Diego Hunger Coalition has a webpage of resources explaining different programs, who is eligible, and how to apply.

Feeding San Diego Food Map

Feeding San Diego has an interactive map for families to locate food distribution sites in their region. As part of the Summer Food Service Program, Feeding San Diego provides breakfast, lunch, and snack as meal options to youth ages 1-18. A range of locations host these meal distributions, including libraries and rec centers.

California SUN Bucks: Summer-EBT

New this summer, families with students who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year will have some extra summer grocery money. California SUN Bucks, also called Summer-EBT, begins in June and will provide an additional $40 per month ($120 maximum) in food benefits to eligible children to purchase food during the summer months of June, July, and August.

SUN Bucks work just like CalFresh and can be used to buy eligible foods at most grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and other authorized retailers. SUN Bucks is available to children who receive free or reduced-price school meals through a school meal application or an Alternative Income Form, or get CalFresh, CalWORKs, or Medi-Cal. Children who are attending Head Start, experiencing homelessness, living in foster care or part of a migrant family will also be automatically enrolled. There is no need to apply. Visit the SUN Bucks page for complete details.