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Summer Meals

4.9 MILLION
Number of summer meals served annually by our network

Summer Meals

In support of school districts that participate in summer feeding programs, the Center for Ecoliteracy provides coordinated implementation and marketing efforts to improve summer meals, expand awareness, and increase participation.

Summer Meals

To meet the nutritional needs of children whose families may be vulnerable to hunger, many public school districts provide nutritious meals at no cost throughout the summer, often working with community partners.

In 2017, the Center for Ecoliteracy launched a Summer Meals Promotional Campaign in 25 school districts - in Sacramento, Contra Costa and San Diego - that were part of the California Food for California Kids Network. These districts serve freshly prepared summer meals made with more California fruits and vegetables provided by California farmers.

This campaign was inspired by the belief that all kids in California will benefit from enjoying the abundance of California summer crops. Many fruits and vegetables that are popular with kids - such as strawberries, melon, peaches, cucumber and carrot - are at their peak during summertime, and school districts that purchase summer crops from local farmers are able offer kids the freshest, tastiest produce.

We know that hunger doesn’t stop just because school is out. Providing nutritious meals to children throughout the summer helps them return to school ready to learn.
Jesus Mendoza
WESTERN REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR, USDA FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE
Summer Meals