Feeding San Diego will offer free, hot lunches for children on weekdays at sites in the city, and in North and South County.
Two sites also will provide breakfasts, while one in City Heights will offer cold meals on Saturdays.
With children out of school due to the coronavirus, Feeding San Diego is attempting to reach those that would otherwise go hungry without free or reduced-price meals.
To adhere to social distancing practices, sites offer the meals via drive-through. Distribution is first-come, first-served.
Any youth 18 years old or younger, or anyone with a disability, is eligible. Officials don’t require identification or personal information, but the children must be present to receive a meal.
The distribution sites currently include (asterisk indicates breakfast available too):
- San Diego
- La Maestra Community Health Centers, Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 4440 Wightman St, Ste 200.
- Ocean Discovery Institute, Monday to Friday, 3 p.m., 4255 Thorn St.
- Pro Kids City Heights, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m., 4085 52nd St. *
- North County
- Mission Cove Apartments, Monday to Friday, 12 p.m., 3239 Conch Way, Oceanside
- Pro Kids Oceanside, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m., 821 Douglas Dr., Oceanside *
- Sierra Vista Apartments, Monday to Friday, 12 p.m., 422 Los Vallecitos Blvd., San Marcos
- Boys and Girls Club San Marcos, Monday to Friday, 3:00 p.m., 1 Positive Pl., San Marcos
- South County
- Casa de Salud, Monday to Friday, 1 p.m., 1408 Harding Ave., National City
Officials called the meals kid-friendly and nutritious. They include whole-grain pizzas, homemade macaroni and cheese, and fresh burritos. More sites are expected to be added.
The charity estimates that one in six children in San Diego County face hunger. The pandemic has made the situation worse.
“The closure of the schools has cut-off access to school breakfasts and school lunches, Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego. “We are sponsoring these daily meals sites to help make sure our kids have access to healthy, nutritious meals.”
– Staff reports
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