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 Program Offers Summer Meals for Local Children

Families with low incomes in San Diego County can find an updated list of locations offering nutritious meals at low or no cost this summer.

"The Summer Food Service Program enables children to receive free healthy and nutritious meals during the summer and off-track periods," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "Feeding students in our most disadvantaged communities during the summer helps those children return to the school year ready to learn." 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) federally funded program that reimburses sponsors for administrative and operational costs to provide meals for children during periods when they are out of school for 15 or more consecutive school days.

Sponsors serve meals and snacks at state-approved locations where at least 50 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced-price school meals during the school year. All meals must meet federal nutrition requirements.