Summer Breakfast Bags help close the summer hunger gap for children whose families rely on access to free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Each bag provides multiple weeks' worth of nutritious breakfast food and also includes bilingual nutritional handouts and recipes for children during the summer months.
In San Luis Obispo County 43%, or 14,600 K-12 children, are eligible for free or reduced priced meals during the school year.
Eligibility is determined by household size and income. In the 2018-19 school year children in a household of four can receive free meals at school if the household's annual income is less than $32,630. They can receive reduced price meals if the household's annual income is less than $46,435. To participate in this federal program, families must fill out an application at the beginning of the school year.
Once school is out, however, daily access to these free school meals disappears and many parents throughout our community struggle to provide meals for their families during the summer.
Regular access to nourishing food is particularly important for children as they grow and develop. When children live with food insecurity even on a temporary basis they may experience:
We believe in healthy, happy kids!
Our Summer Breakfast Bags address the summer hunger gap for children in our community by providing families with access to free, kid-friendly, and nutritious breakfast foods.
How It Works
We purchase healthy breakfast foods in bulk and recruit volunteers to help pack the food into reusable bags.
Each bag contains an assortment of shelf stable, kid-friendly breakfast foods, including cereal bars, instant oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, milk, and canned and dried fruit.
In partnership with youth organizations, school districts, local housing authorities, and other social service organizations we distribute the bags to children in our county's highest need areas in June, July, and August.
We coordinate with our Children's Farmers' Markets, which allows children to take home 10-15 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to the shelf stable breakfast options.
Bilingual handouts with nutrition information are included in the bags, and we incorporate nutrition education lessons and activities at sites, delivered by our nutrition program manager and trained volunteers.
Additional Summer Resources
Free Summer Meals
Some school districts in San Luis Obispo County provide free meals to children and teens during the summer. As summer approaches, contact your school district's food services department for more information about this program, or visit the California Department of Education's Summer Meal Sites page:
2018 Summer Meal Sites
2019 Summer Meal Sites
Lucia Mar Unified School District (website)
San Luis Coastal Unified School District (website) 2019 flyer
Atascadero Unified School District (website)
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (website)
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary School District (website)
San Miguel Joint Union School District (website)
Shandon Joint Unified School District (website)
Templeton Unified School District (website)
Coast Unified School District (website)
Cayucos Elementary School District (website)
San Luis Coastal Unified School District (website)
Want more information about summer hunger?
Click here to read Feeding America's 2018 Map the Meal Gap report.