Oakland’s Summer Lunch Program Launches

Date Posted: May 31st, 2020 @ 5:30 PM
Last Updated: June 1st, 2020 @ 1:05 PM
Three people display meals provided by the Summer Lunch Program.

Oakland, CA — The City of Oakland Human Services Department announced the beginning of the Summer Food Service Program to provide free breakfast and lunch during the school break.

Approximately 20,000 children in the Oakland community depend on free and reduced-cost school meals during the school year. However, most families struggle to replace those meals for their children during the summer months. The City’s Summer Food Service Program bridges the meal gap by providing access to nutritious meals at convenient locations throughout Oakland while school is out of session.

The Oakland Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program begins Monday, June 1, 2020. More than 20 sponsored youth-serving sites throughout Oakland – including community-based organizations, Oakland Housing Authority sites, and City of Oakland recreation centers will offer free breakfast and lunch for “Grab and Go” pick up and “Drive thru” food distribution. All food distributions are with no contact and social distancing.

Parents and guardians may pick up meals for multiple days without children present. There are no program requirements or paperwork to complete to benefit from the program. All kids 18 and under, and adults with disabilities enrolled in a school program can receive meals. Sites can also be found by using the CA Meals for Kids app for smartphones to locate a free food distribution site.

To download a roster of current sites, please visit: https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/summer-food-service-program

The full roster of Summer Food Service Program sites as of June 1, are included at the end of this release, and are listed on www.oaklandca.gov/food.

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