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Redwood Empire Food Bank Free Summer Lunch
Redwood Empire Food Bank Free Summer Lunch for Kids 18 Years and Younger

Redwood Empire Food Bank Free Summer Lunch for Kids 18 Years and Younger

Jun 4, 2018


From June 4th through August 10th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) will offer free and healthy lunches to Sonoma County children 18 years of age and younger. There are 29 different Summer Lunch program sites strategically located at parks, libraries and apartment complexes 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 kids stay physically active and academically engaged during the summer break. Program highlights in years past have included visits from the Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County, the Imaginists and the Creek Stewardship Program. The REFB will also offer a variety of staff-lead activities, including creative arts and crafts, a pedal-powered fruit smoothie bike, which will introduce children to healthy alternatives to sugary drinks, and organized water games that will provide opportunities for children to play together and stay cool on hot summer days.

Multiple program sites will also offer free fruits and vegetables once a week allowing low-income families to increase their access to nutritious produce. By layering services and offering both meals and groceries, the REFB aims to decrease the instance of hunger a family faces each week, in a convenient and easy to access way.

“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 Children’s Program Manager.“When schools break for the summer, many 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, 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. Serving times are subject to change. All sites closed on July 4th.


La Plaza Park, La Plaza Street
Jun 4 to Aug 10, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


Alliance Medical Center, 1381 University Avenue
Jun 11 to Aug 19, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fitch Mountain Elementary School, 520 Monte Vista Avenue
Jun 11 to Aug 10, 8:30 am - 8:55 am & 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Harvest Grove Apartments, 293 West Grant Street
Jun 11 to Aug 3, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Healdsburg Library, 139 Piper Street
Jun 11 to Jul 27, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


Petaluma Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive
Jun 4 to Aug 10, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Rohnert Park

Alicia Park, 300 Arlen Drive
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Santa Rosa

Amorosa Village Apartments, 1300 Pebble Creek Drive
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Andy's Unity Park Community Garden, 3399 Moorland Avenue
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bayer Farm Neighborhood Park & Garden, 1550 West Avenue
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Santa Rosa, 1011 Hahman Drive
Jun 4 to Aug 10, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E Street
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Cypress Ridge Apartments, 2239 Meda Avenue
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Gray's Meadow Apartments, 2352 Meadow Way
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Larkfield Oaks Apartments 524 Airport Blvd.
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Lavell Village, 165 Lavell Village Circle, Larkfield
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1330 Temple Drive
Jun 4 to Aug 3,  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Northwest Santa Rosa Library, 150 Coddingtown Center
Jun 4 to Jul 27, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Salvation Army Santa Rosa, 93 Stony Circle
Jul 9 to Jul 27, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Santa Rosa Junior College Adelante Program, 1501 Mendocino Avenue
Jun 13 to Jul 24, 8:50 am - 9:40 am & 12:10 pm - 1:50 pm

Southwest Community Park, 1698 Hearn Avenue
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 11:45 am - 12:15 pm


Camp CASTLE, 7601 Huntley Street
Jun 11 to Aug 10, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Avenue
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:15 pm - 12:55 pm


Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 West Napa Street
Jun 4 to Aug 10, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Springs Village Apartments, 200 Fuente Lane
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

The Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley (Maxwell Clubhouse) 100 W. Verano Avenue
Jun 11 to Aug 10, 8:15 am - 8:45 am and 12:30 pm- 1:15 pm


Forest Winds Apartments, 6697 Old Redwood Hwy.
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Windsor Park Apartments, 350 Duncan Drive
Jun 19 to Aug, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Windsor Redwoods Apartments, 100 Kendall Way
Jun 4 to Aug 3, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

REFB Free Summer Lunch for Kids 18 Years and Younger

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 15.5 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 170 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 or call 707-523-7900 to learn more.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at(800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call(866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax:(202) 690-7442; or 

(3) email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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