Through August 12, Redwood Empire Food Bank will offer free and healthy breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under across Sonoma County through their Summer Lunch program.
An overwhelming 1 in 6 children worry about where their next meal will come from. During a regular school year, the Redwood Empire Food Bank reaches many of these children through their Afterschool Café, School Pantry, and Preschool Pantry programs.
“The summer months are a critical time for children who participate in the National School Lunch program during the school year. When schools break for the summer, thousands of children in our community lose access to free and reduced cost school meals. Summer Lunch addresses this meal gap by providing nutritious meals to children in our community,” said Josie Ortiz, Programs Coordinator at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. “And let’s face it, hunger doesn’t take a vacation.”
There will be 44 Summer Lunch sites this year including Sonoma and Santa Rosa. In addition to the Summer Lunch meals, sites will be offering weekly groceries for the entire family.
To find your nearest location, visit getfood.refb.org, or call 2-1-1. For immediate assistance or more information about the Summer Lunch Program call 707-523-7903.