MEDIA ADVISORY - Summer Meals For Kids To Launch At Waterfront Park

Posted: Monday, July 18th 2016


SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS TO LAUNCH AT WATERFRONT PARK

Partnership with the County, San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Hunger Coalition creates new free meal site

WHAT:  County of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Hunger Coalition are teaming up to offer the Waterfront Park as the newest summer meal site for youth.
 
WHEN:  Tuesday, July 19 - Press conference 11:45 a.m.

WHERE:  County Waterfront Park, West Side, 1600 Pacific Highway Media parking in underground garage off Ash Street

WHO:      Supervisor Ron Roberts, Chairman, County Board of Supervisors
      Superintendent Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified School District
      Robin McNulty, San Diego Hunger Coalition School Meals Program Director   
      A child and parent benefitting from the summer meals program
        
WHY:  More than 125,000 lower-income children in San Diego County depend upon free or reduced-price meals during the school year. When school's out for the summer, the summer meals program takes over to fill the nutrition gap. However, about 72 percent of children at risk of summer hunger in San Diego County do not participate in the program for a variety of reasons, such as lack of awareness or nearby sites. The summer meal program, funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides free, nutritious meals for children 18 years and younger during the summer months. The program requires no paperwork, income verification or pre-registration.

VISUALS:  Children and families receiving free, healthy lunch; community leaders and children learning about preparation of healthy meal options with demonstration by Chef Juan from San Diego Unified.

CONTACTS:  Tara McNamara, San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services, 209-233-1565 Tim McClain, Office of Supervisor Ron Roberts, 619-694-6293 Katy Lillig, San Diego Hunger Coalition, 786-473-5137

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