Summer Food Service Program

During these difficult economic times, the only healthy meal a disadvantaged youth may consume is a free/reduced-price meal offered at school during the academic year. With Summer Break around the corner, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) Food Services is getting ready to provide free meals to qualified Program Participants.

“We live the ‘agricultural capital of the world’,” says Morgan Terry, Fresno EOC Food Services’ Food Service Director. “It’s unacceptable that Fresno County Children are going hungry. The Summer Food Service Program gives Fresno EOC the opportunity to continue to provide youth who rely on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year with a nutritious meal during their summer break.”

According to California Food Policy Advocates 2016 data, 84,166 kids residing in Fresno County residing in Fresno County fall into a summer nutrition gap.  These children miss out on access to nutritious summer meals that combat hunger and food insecurity, support year-round learning, and help prevent obesity. 

The meals – which are prepared and provided by Fresno EOC’s Food Services – meet strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California Department of Education (CDE) nutrition guidelines and are comprised of two ounces of protein, two servings of fruits/vegetables, one serving of bread, and eight ounces of milk. 

Fresno EOC began administering the Summer Food Service Program in 1991 with only two sites.  Last year the program distributed food to 104 sites, 76 urban and 28 rural locations, for a total of 80,000 meals.

This year we raised over $65,000 to purchase and renovate a school bus as a mobile cafeteria for children in rural Fresno County.  Additionally, Fresno EOC has partnered with various organizations and individuals to provide free books along with our free meals to children living in both food and book deserts. During their summer break, some children are not experiencing enrichment activities resulting in learning loss, and we aim to provide books as a preventative measure.  Contact us with your book donations.

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In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing-impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).