A seamless transition for summer meals

June 2, 2019

Summer can be a difficult time for families struggling to make ends meet because their children no longer have access to the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. That’s why San José Unified partners each year with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties to provide a federally-funded summer meals program at our schools.

Please see this flyer for a calendar of free meals that will be available at 13 of our schools beginning June 10, 2019.

Childhood hunger is a serious problem, even in Silicon Valley. Studies show that kids who don’t get enough to eat suffer emotional and physical effects that can hamper their ability to succeed in school and later in life. They are more likely to experience anxiety and depression, lack of concentration, illness, and obesity.

Second Harvest provides food to more than 100,000 children a month, and they partner with more than 330 agencies to provide food at more than 770 sites, including schools, youth programs, summer camps, pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Some sites also offer free breakfast and an afternoon snack. The meals are provided through the federal Summer Food Service Program.

Families can call Second Harvest’s Food Connection multilingual hotline at (800) 984-3663 to learn about other food assistance programs, including CalFresh.