Free Summer Meals for Children in San Bernardino County

Free Summer Meals for Children in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino, CA

Every summer in California, approximately 85 percent of low-income children risk hunger; many of those children reside in the Inland Empire. 

Like all children, these children look forward to the freedom and joys of summertime; however, these months can also be a time of hunger. 

Nearly 1.7 million California children lose access to free or reduced priced meals during the summer when most schools are closed. In San Bernardino County, there are more than 161,200 children under 18 who fall into this category, according to a recent report by the nonprofit California Food Policy Advocates. Only four other counties in the state have higher rates of food-insecure children during the summer months: Alpine, Amador, Mariposa, and Tuolumne. This summer, San Bernardino has a plan to address the food needs of these youngsters. A team of community-based organizations determined to make a difference have launched a collaborative effort between libraries, churches, community centers, and parks. As a result, this summer, more than 200 meal sites are now accessible for San Bernardino County children. Several sites will offer academic, physical, or social activities as well. 

Summer food sites are available in cities across San Bernardino County, including the Cities of San Bernardino, Colton, Redlands, and Rialto, among others. To locate the food site closest to your community, text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 or dial 211. The California Department of Education also provides a list of locations where children may receive free, nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods at sh/sn/summersites17.asp.

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