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Free Summer Meal Programs Kick Off Around San Diego County
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Robin McNulty, school meals program director, San Diego Hunger Coalition
Jamie Phillips, director of child nutrition services, Vista Unified School District
School is out for summer and that means some kids may not be getting enough to eat.
According to the San Diego Hunger Coalition, more than 125,000 lower income children in the region depend on free or reduced-priced lunches. Yet, just a fraction of them participate in summer meal programs.
Several summer meal program “kick-off” events will be held this week to get the word out about where kids can get a free meal.
The Hunger Coalition has been working to expand programs to libraries and recreation centers as a way to increase access. Still, some worry deportation fears may keep immigrant families away.
Robin McNulty, school meals program director for the San Diego Hunger Coalition and Jamie Phillips, director of child nutrition services for Vista Unified School District discussed the need for summer meal programs around San Diego County, Tuesday on Midday Edition.
Summer Meal Kick Off Events
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Vista
10:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Skyline Hills Park, San Diego
The summer meal programs are run by school districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For information on locations you can text the word “food” or “comida,” in Spanish, to 877-877 or call 2-1-1 San Diego. You can also visit summermeals.org to find a meal site location in your neighborhood.
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