School meals are an important source of nutrition for kids and teens. Most schools offer lunch and breakfast, and many have after-school meals and dinner options. After a years-long advocacy campaign which Second Harvest of Silicon Valley participated in and co-sponsored legislation for, all public school meals are available at no cost to students beginning School Year 2021-2022. Click here.
Balanced, nutritious meals offer many benefits:
We work with school districts and other community partners to maximize participation in school meals, ensuring that students receive the food they need to fully engage in school and life. We help connect districts to funding opportunities and advocate for districts to adopt meal service models which best serve students.
Summer is a difficult time for families because kids lose access to the healthy, nutritious meals they get at school. We lead local efforts to increase the number of summer meal sites by connecting sponsors to available dollars. We make sure families know about available meal sites through a comprehensive marketing campaign.
More than 160 locations offer free, healthy summer meals in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.