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 Free Summer Meals Available for Children

Parents, caregivers, child care organizations, and community groups can take advantage of a program that provides free meals in summer to children eighteen or younger at local community sites.

There are 200 summer meal sites in San Diego County. View a list of them on the California Department of Education website.

"Nutritious meals help a child thrive both physically and mentally," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom 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 Summer Meals Program begins when school districts end their school year.

Summer Meals is part of the Summer Food Service Program, which 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. 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."