The Food Express Bus and Summer Meals for Kids

Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Fresno EOC is excited to present the Food Express Bus, a mobile healthy meal bus, which takes to the road to battle food insecurity amongst our community’s kids.

In 2017, Fresno EOC along with volunteers, piloted a mobile meal delivery system to take USDA-funded meals to children who lacked access to healthy food. With three pop-up mobile meal stops during the summer, 4,000 meals were served. A mobile bus would streamline operations and allow us to serve more healthy meals to children.

In 2018, the community joined us to fund the purchase and retrofit of a school bus. This year we hosted a Healthy Food Super Hero art contest and the community helped us pick the winners. Now we are excited to see the Food Express Bus with Healthy Food Super Heroes featured on the outside travel in our community to bring healthy meals to kids. The Food Express will make stops in the morning and afternoon Monday through Friday at these 5 locations:

View all Fresno EOC sites for the dates and times meals will be served. 

Summer Food Services Program Sites Throughout Fresno County

For some kids, the only healthy meal they may consume is a meal offered at school during the academic year. Fresno EOC Food Services is getting ready to provide no-cost meals to youth in the community through its Summer Food Services Program. Fresno EOC and Fresno Unified are partnering to spread the word again to ensure more kids and teens maintain good nutrition, even when school is out.

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

Fresno EOC has partnered with community organizations where children ages 1-18 gather together anytime during the winter break to provide no-cost nutritious breakfast, lunch, and/or supper meals. No registration or documentation is needed from families of the children. The meals, prepared and delivered by Fresno EOC Food Services, meet strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California Department of Education (CDE) nutrition guidelines and are comprised of two ounces of protein, two servings of fruits/vegetables, one serving of bread, and eight ounces of milk. Meals must be eaten in a group setting and stay on location. 

View all Fresno EOC sites for the dates and times meals will be served.