City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Alameda County Community Food Bank recently announced joint summer meal programs to provide local children free breakfast, lunch and snack during the school break.
Approximately 20,000 children in the Oakland community depend on free and reduced-cost school meals during the school year. However, most families struggle to replace those meals for their children during the summer months.
The Free Summer Lunch programs bridge the meal gap by providing access to nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks at convenient locations throughout the city while school is out of session.
The Oakland Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program began Monday, June 15.
More than 70 sponsored youth-serving sites throughout Oakland —including community-based organizations, City libraries and recreation centers, and faith-based organizations—will offer free lunch Monday through Friday until Aug. 14.
The Oakland Public Library will partner with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and its volunteers to serve free lunches provided by the Oakland Summer Food Service Program at 9 libraries.
Check with each library for their specific dates and times of service.
OUSD’s Seamless Summer Food Program begins June 22. Fifty schools will offer free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday with varying end dates.
Children are not required to be enrolled in summer school to visit a particular school site.
There are no program requirements or paperwork to complete to benefit from the program. All children and youth ages 18 and under can visit any location to receive a free meal.
Finding the closest free meal is just a phone call away through the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s Emergency Food Helpline (800-870-FOOD).
To find a list of current sites online, visit the Alameda County Community Food Bank’s website at www.accfb.org/get_food/summerlunch/.