Seeking Partners to Provide Free Winter Meals to Youth

Posted on Nov 06, 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 Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Food Services is getting ready to provide no-cost meals to youth in the community through its Winter 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 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.

Organizations where children (ages 1-18) gather together anytime during winter break can qualify for no-cost nutritious breakfast, lunch, and supper meals. This includes Toys for Tots events, sports teams, churches, camps, parks, libraries, community centers or any other locations including one day events. Meals are delivered by our drivers to your site at no cost. No registration or documentation is needed from families.

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.

Fresno EOC began administering the Summer Food Services Program (SFSP) in 1991 with only two sites. This year, due to community partnership, the summer program distributed food to 101 sites, almost double last year’s sites.

“We are looking to increase the number of sites we provide healthy meals to so that  more youth in our community have access to nutrition that keeps them prepared to excel when they return to school,” says Morgan Terry, Fresno EOC Food Services Director. She encourages community groups to call (559) 266-3663 to inquire about becoming a distribution site.

The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program funded by the USDA and administered by the CDE. The SFSP allows participating organizations to serve meals anytime students are away from school for 15 or more school days, which means we may now serve during winter break.

About Fresno EOC Food Services

Fresno EOC, a private nonprofit organization, provides opportunities and resources to low-income Fresno County residents for over 51 years. Fresno EOC offers over 35 comprehensive community-based programs that empower individuals to thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and contributing members of our communities. Fresno EOC Food Services Program provides healthy and nutritious meals to pre-school and school-age children, youth and young adults, seniors, and organizations requiring catering services.

 

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