Free Winter Meals for Youth

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

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

“We know that just because school isn’t in session, doesn’t mean some of our students aren’t worried about where their next meal is coming from. We know the holidays are tough and we’re grateful that we can do our part to ensure children are being fed throughout winter break,” said Superintendent Bob Nelson.

“Hunger doesn’t take a vacation so we are excited to be able to offer meals while students are out of school for winter break,” says Morgan Terry, director, Fresno EOC Food Services. “We were able to increase the meals served by 40% this past summer through partnerships with local organizations. It is a good start, but we still have a ways to go.”

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 other 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. 

Use the map below to find a site near you. Click on the flag to get details about the dates and times meals will be served. Please note that all sites are closed on 12/25 and 1/1.