School and Summer Meals

Meal locations: Search a map for locations that are distributing meals for kids 18 and under in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Click here.

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. These meals may be free or reduced price. Ask at your school office about signing up for school meals.

Balanced, nutritious meals offer immeasurable benefits:

  • Increased attendance
  • Improvements in behavior
  • More student engagement
  • Better diet and physical health
  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Improved emotional health
  • Decreased risk for obesity and diabetes

Second Harvest is working with school districts and other community partners to maximize the use of these programs, ensuring that students receive the food they need to fully engage in school and life. We help connect districts to federal dollars and best practices. Recognizing that school breakfast is seriously underutilized by many local families, we are advocating for breakfast models that work for families and kids.

Breakfast in the Classroom
Serve breakfast when and where all kids are able to eat.

Grab n’ Go Breakfast
Let kids grab quick and healthy meals on the way to class.

Second Chance Breakfast
Serve students during a mid-morning break.


Summer is a difficult time for families because kids lose access to the free and low-cost meals they get at school. Second Harvest is leading local efforts to increase the number of summer meal sites and make sure families know about them. These efforts include connecting potential sites and meal providers with federal dollars that can be used to feed kids during the summer. More than 120 locations offer free, healthy summer meals in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.


Federal meal programs also support some after-school programs and childcare centers.


Questions about our work with school and summer meals? Email for more information.