For many children, summer time means food, friends, and fun. But for others, summer vacation is the hungriest time of year. When schools close, school meals also come to an end. There are about 16,000 children in San Luis Obispo County that are recipients of free or reduced price school meals during the school year but spend the summer worried about how to get enough to eat.
Nutrition is an important goal in all Food Bank programs and hunger can be one of the most severe roadblocks to a child’s learning process. The need for proper nutrition transcends the yearly school schedule continuing into the summer months. Just as hunger never takes a summer vacation neither does a child’s ability to learn, although learning can be severely hindered by a lack of food.
Through the federal Summer Food Service Program, called Lovin’ Lunchbox in San Luis Obispo County, the Food Bank can help keep low-income children healthy by providing them with the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.
Background information on Lovin’ Lunchbox Program
- Meals are available at designated sites throughout the SLO county
- Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger
- Food served follows or exceeds USDA nutrition guidelines
- No paperwork or applications are required. Parents can just bring their child to a summer meals site in their community.
Summer Meal Sites
- San Miguel, Shandon, Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Los Osos, Arroyo Grande, Oceano, and Nipomo.
- Please visit our website for dates, times, and site addresses: www.slofoodbank.org