There IS Such a Thing as Free Lunch

This summer, kids all across San Diego County have access to free and nutritious lunches nearly every day of the week. Thanks to programs provided by charitable and government organizations, there are more than 200 sites across the county serving children ages 18 and younger. Some even feed accompanying adults for free or a nominal fee!


In most cases, children simply show up to eat – there are no income qualifications, no enrollment and no paperwork required to participate.

Participating County library branches are: El Cajon, Valley Center, Lincoln Acres, Spring Valley, Borrego Springs, Jacumba, Julian, Ramona, Vista and Casa de Oro. Kids can show up for the meal and stay to enjoy the libraries’ numerous reading and enrichment programs.

Select community youth centers, resource centers, churches and schools are also participating. Heavens Windows, Feeding San Diego and San Diego Hunger Coalition are some of the charitable groups that help make the summer lunch programs possible.

Want to find the lunch program nearest to you? The most comprehensive list of sites can be found on the California Department of Education‘s website here.

Use the links below to view additional lists of lunch sites. You can also text FOOD to 877-877 and enter your zip code to receive a list of nearby participating locations.

Heaven’s Windows

California Library Association “Lunch at the Library”

211 San Diego Summer Lunch

The Summer Fun Cafe
Hosted by Feeding San Diego in partnership with San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), Summer Fun Café sites offer food and resources to children and families at outdoor events throughout the summer. Children 18 years and younger eat free; parents and guardians are free with their child, while other adults may purchase meals at community barbecues for $2.

Please share with anyone you know who might need support this summer!


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