LWhile summer may signify school’s out for students, it also means some might go without regular nutritious meals until they return to
class in the fall.
Children in Santa Clara County ages 18 and younger can receive free meals during the summerfrom multiple locations. Various programs
within the county are in place through nonproæts, community resources and schools to help children who rely on free orreduced-price
school meals receive meals when school is out.
Parents can search forlocations providing free summer meals on the California Department of Education website, USDA Summer Food
website or by calling the National Hunger Hotline.
Free summer meals provided to Santa Clara County students
when school is out
Celery and other vegetables are served with the main entree, crispy chicken tenders, during lunch at Santa Teresa
Elementary School in San Jose on Thursday, November 29, 2012. (LiPo Ching/Staff).
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PUBLISHED: June 12, 2017 at 10:30 am | UPDATED: June 14, 2017 at 11:43 am
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“Some people don’t necessarily know they are eligible to get a meal during the summer,” said Summer Reeves, a communications specialist
with the Santa Clara County Ofæce of Education. “Some sites provide breakfast, lunch or both.”
Of the 149,000 students enrolled in public schools within Santa Clara County 48,000 are eligible to participate in the free orreduced lunch
program provided by their school districts, according to Reeves. There are 38,000 students that participate in free lunch programs.
Within the Campbell Union School District, 43 percent of its more than 7,500 student population qualiæes forfree orreduced-price lunch,
according to the school district.
Two schools within the elementary school district will serve meals beginning June 26 and ending July 14.
Rosemary Elementary School, located at 401 W. Hamilton Ave., will serve a lunch/brunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Sherman Oaks
Elementary, located at 1800 Fruitdale Ave., will serve brunch from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Rory McCarthy, Campbell Union High School District food services coordinator, said Del Mar High School will serve free meals during the
summerto anyone under age 18. Breakfast is from 9:10 to 9:20 a.m. and lunch from 11:00-11:10 a.m. There will be no meals served July 3-4.
Children in Campbell can also go to the The Health Trust, 2105 Bascom Ave., and the Jewish Family Service of Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka
Road Suite 202 in Los Gatos.
In the æscal year of 2011-12, more than 31.6 million children were served lunch at school every day through the National School Lunch
Program, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition Service. It is a federally assisted program providing
nutritionally balanced low-cost orfree lunched to children in more than 100,000 public and non-proæt private schools and child care
There is also the School Breakfast Program, which provides breakfast in the same mannerthe National School Lunch Program provides
lunches to school children and child care institutions. In 2012 more than 12.9 million children participated every day in the program.