Jun 1, 2017
From June 5th through August 4th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) will offer free and healthy lunches to Sonoma County children 18 years of age and younger. There are 31 different Summer Lunch Program sites spread throughout Sonoma County. Lunch is completely free, open to all children, and operates Monday through Friday during lunchtime.
In addition to a nutritious lunch, some of the program sites will offer fun activities to help keep kids physically active and academically engaged during the summer break. Program highlights will include visits from the Bookmobile - Sonoma County’s roaming library, the Imaginists, the Creek Stewardship Program, and Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control. Park sites will also offer free fruits and vegetables once a week to help increase access to nutrition for low-income families.
“The summer months are a critical time for children who participate in the National School Lunch program during the school year,” said Itzul Gutierrez, REFB Senior Program Manager. “When schools break for the summer, these children lose access to free and reduced cost school meals. Summer Lunch addresses this meal gap by providing nutritious meals to children in our community, because let's face it, hunger doesn't take a vacation.”
To find a location near you, please refer to the following site list, visit www.refb.org, or call 2-1-1. For immediate assistance or more information about the Summer Lunch Program you can call the REFB directly at 707.523.7903.
Some sites offer breakfast as well as lunch, and many sites will be closed on the July 4th holiday. Check refb.org for up-to-date meal dates and times.
About Redwood Empire Food Bank
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Since 1987, the REFB has provided food and nourishment to those facing hunger, currently serving 82,000 children, families and seniors in Sonoma County, while striving to end hunger in our community. The REFB collaborates with local and regional partners to obtain and distribute 15+ million pounds of food annually, the equivalent of more than 35,000 meals every day. Through more than 200 of our own direct service distributions and partnerships with 177 other hunger-relief organizations, we form a network of over 450 weekly and monthly distribution sites serving low-income residents in Sonoma, Lake, Del Norte, Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Visit www.refb.org or call 707-523-7900 to learn more.
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