boy eating an apple“So many of the foods featured in the summer meals program — milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and protein — are grown and produced right here in California, so encouraging participation in the program means a better future for our children,” said Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Agriculture.

Summer meals are open to all children 18 and under regardless of their school choice and no enrollment paperwork, identification or income verification is required. To find a summer meals location, choose from these three options: text FOOD (or COMIDA for Spanish) to 877-877, dial 2-1-1 for city directories or visit http://bit.ly/CASummerMeals. These resources are updated weekly, so check back often to find new locations.

“There’s no better time than summer to enjoy California agriculture, and the summer meals program is a great way to keep California’s children growing. Let’s remember that growing healthy kids helps grow healthy communities!’

free meals kids in CAUSDA’s Summer Food Service Program is administered locally by the California Department of Education. Honing in on the benefits to the 6.2 million students in the public school system, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “This is a terrific program, and I strongly encourage all California public school students and their families to learn more about the summer meal programs in their communities. As a former teacher and cross country coach, I know that students who eat nutritious meals and get their exercise will do better in class.”

source: Dairy Council of California is raising awareness and building support for summer meals in honor of National Dairy Month in June.

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