Food Services Resources

Summer: Free Meals for All Children Program
Posted on 06/03/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Summer: Free Meals for All Children ProgramFree Schools Meals Available to All Children Throughout Summer 

Santa Cruz County— In these challenging times, parents and students across Santa Cruz County can count on the Summer Meals Program makes sure all children can eat healthy food during the summer months.  

During summer vacation, many children lose access to free or reduced priced meals that they rely on during the school year, but this valuable program provides no cost and convenient access to meals for students. Free lunches will be provided to ALL children, without eligibility documentation, who are 18 years of age and younger.  

“This is a great resource for families and our community during this time of uncertainty,” says Amy Hedrick-Far, Food Services Director for Santa Cruz City Schools. “Even if you haven’t utilized school meals before, we encourage families to take advantage of the summer meals program. It not only provides extra food for your children, but can also help ease the grocery bill during these tough times.”  

To make the program welcoming and accessible, and with your child’s safety in mind meals are served as “Grab N Go” at 25 locations throughout the county. 

Step 1: Text FOOD (for English) or COMIDA (para Español) to 877-877 or call 211 for a location near you.  

Step 2: You will receive a text back to reply with your address to be connected to free meals for kids while schools are closed.

Step 3: You will receive a text back with a list of the 3 closest meal distribution sites from No Kid Hungry, with information about each site and how to proceed to pick up meals.


If you have any questions or if you need additional support, please contact the District Office at 831-429-3410.
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