Summer Food Program

For some kids, the only healthy meal they may consume is a meal offered at school during the academic year. With summer around the corner, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Food Services is getting ready to provide no-cost meals to youth in the community through its Summer Food Services Program.

According to California Food Policy Advocates’ 2016 Fresno County Nutrition and Food Insecurity Profile, 84,166 kids residing in Fresno County fall into a summer nutrition gap. These children missed out on access to nutritious summer meals that combat hunger and food insecurity, support year-round learning, and help prevent obesity.

The meals – which are prepared and provided by Fresno EOC’s Food Services – meet strict United States Department of Agriculture and California Department of Education nutrition guidelines and are comprised of two ounces of protein, two servings of fruits/vegetables, one serving of bread, and eight ounces of milk.

Fresno EOC began administering the Summer Food Services Program in 1991 with only two sites. Last year the program distributed food to 58 sites, including 39 urban and 19 rural locations. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program funded by the USDA and administered by the California Department of Education.

Summer Food Services Program sites are located in areas where 50% or more of the children attending the local elementary school qualify for and receive no-cost or reduced-price meals. To locate the nearest Summer Food Services Program site, please call the Food Services at (559) 266-3663. To learn more about becoming a community site partner, please click here.

 

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).