Second Harvest’s summer meals locator tool makes it easy for families
to find a convenient meal location close to home


  • Kostenlose Sommermahlzeiten sind jetzt erhältlich und jedes Kind bis 18 Jahre kann an mehr als 70 Standorten in den Landkreisen Santa Clara und San Mateo eine nahrhafte Mahlzeit erhalten – eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.
  • At some sites, parents and guardians are also eligible to receive low to no-cost meals to eat alongside their children.
  • Second Harvest’s online locator tool makes it easier than ever to find a convenient summer meals site. Visit
  • For additional help finding a summer meals site, text “Summer” for English, “Verano” for Spanish, “Muahe” for Vietnamese, “夏天” for Chinese or “Лeto” for Russian to 876-876 or visit

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16, 2023 — During the summer months, thousands of low-income children in our community face increased risk of hunger when they lose access to the free meals they receive during the school year. With food insecurity on the rise again due to the end of pandemic-era CalFresh benefits, layoffs, as well as record-high housing and food prices, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is working to raise awareness of the federally-funded summer meals program so every child who needs a nutritious meal can receive one.

Any child 18 or younger can get a free nutritious meal at summer meal sites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties with no advance registration or documentation required. Select locations will additionally offer free breakfast and afternoon snacks for children. The food bank is collaborating with school districts, libraries, community centers, summer camps, social service organizations and other nonprofits to promote the meals being served at their sites from June until the second week of August. This year, meals must be eaten on site.

To make it easy for families to find a summer meals location near them, Second Harvest has launched a free summer meals locator tool on its website. Families can go to and enter their address, city or zip code. A map with icons will show the closest summer meals sites with real-time updates to reflect schedule changes. When users click on the icon, they see location details, meal times and contact information. At some sites, parents and guardians are also eligible to receive low to no-cost meals to eat alongside their children.

“Free summer meals are especially important during this time of increased need in our community when we see more families tightening their food budgets in response to inflation, rising food costs and recent cuts to their CalFresh benefits,” said Leslie Bacho, CEO of Second Harvest. “Many of the most vulnerable members of our community, including the 1 in 3 kids in Silicon Valley who are at risk of food insecurity, are being impacted by economic and policy changes that are outside of their control and we want to do everything we can to ensure they have the nutritious food they need to grow and thrive during the summer and all year around.”

Sommermahlzeiten helfen Kindern zu gedeihen
Sommermahlzeiten sind wichtig, weil Studien show that kids who don’t get enough nutritious food to eat have trouble concentrating, are sick more often, and are more likely to suffer emotional and physical effects that can last a lifetime. They are also at risk for what educators call the “summer slide,” where students lose ground academically when they are not in school.

Die vom Bund geförderte Sommer-Food-Service-Programm wurde entwickelt, um Schulfrühstück und Mittagessen zu ersetzen und eine Ernährungslücke zu schließen, die für Tausende von Kindern im Sommer besteht. Das vom USDA Food and Nutrition Service finanzierte und vom Staat verwaltete Summer Food Service Program vergütet Essensanbieter wie Schulen, Bibliotheken und Sommercamps, die Kindern und Jugendlichen in einkommensschwachen Gebieten kostenlose gesunde Mahlzeiten und Snacks servieren.

For more information about Free summer meals or food assistance:
In addition to the summer meals locator tool online, families who need help finding a site serving summer meals near them can text “Summer” for English, “Verano” for Spanish, “Muahe” for Vietnamese, “夏天” for Chinese or “Лeto” for Russian to 876-876. For help accessing other food resources and assistance, call Second Harvest’s multilingual Food Connection hotline at 800-984-3663 oder besuchen to use the Food Locator tool to find free grocery sites.

Über die zweite Ernte des Silicon Valley

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley wurde 1974 gegründet und ist eine der größten Lebensmittelbanken des Landes und ein vertrauenswürdiger gemeinnütziger Vorreiter bei der Bekämpfung des lokalen Hungers. Die Organisation vertreibt nahrhafte Lebensmittel über ein Netzwerk von fast 400 Partnern an mehr als 900 Standorten in den Landkreisen Santa Clara und San Mateo. Aufgrund der unerschwinglich hohen Lebenshaltungskosten im Silicon Valley und des dramatischen Rückgangs der staatlichen Unterstützung während der Pandemie versorgt Second Harvest jeden Monat durchschnittlich etwa 500.000 Menschen. Second Harvest verbindet Menschen auch mit bundesstaatlichen Ernährungsprogrammen und anderen Nahrungsmittelressourcen und setzt sich auf lokaler, bundesstaatlicher und nationaler Ebene für Anti-Hunger-Maßnahmen ein. Um mehr darüber zu erfahren, wie Second Harvest auf den unglaublichen Bedarf im Silicon Valley reagiert, besuchen Sie

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