Jun 6, 2024 - News

Find free summer meals at San Diego schools

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

As the school year ends, low-income families can still get free meals and groceries for their kids at schools, libraries and community centers countywide.

Why it matters: More than 100,000 kids in San Diego County experience food insecurity, which worsens in the summer when they lose access to free breakfast and lunches at school.

Driving the news: Starting this month, Feeding San Diego set up dozens of distribution sites where families can pick up a week's worth of prepared meals for each child, which includes five breakfasts and five lunches.

  • Several food pantries at schools and libraries will also provide free groceries throughout the summer.
  • Check the full list of summer meal sites for specific dates, times and locations.

Between the lines: Nearly 50% of students in San Diego County rely on free or reduced-price meals, according to Feeding San Diego, and these programs aim to keep those kids fed during summer months.

Zoom in: San Diego Unified School District is also partnering with the city to offer free breakfast and lunch to children and teens on weekdays, June 10-Aug. 2.

  • Check the list of schools, libraries and recreation centers for more details.

The latest: New this year, parents can also get $40 per month in California SUN Bucks, a statewide Summer-EBT program that works like CalFresh.

  • Children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals are automatically enrolled.

The big picture: Feeding San Diego, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and other local organizations host summer food drives and distribute free meals and groceries throughout the city and county.

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