In Oakland, about 20,000 schoolchildren are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals under a federal program that subsidizes lunch (and in many cases, breakfast) for children from low-income families. Those families face a dilemma when school is out for the summer: how to make up for those meals until classes begin again.

The answer comes in the form of a couple of closely related programs that offer free or low-cost summertime meals: the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option (the latter an extension of the National School Lunch Program). Together these programs, carried out in conjunction with state and local governments and school districts, feed millions of children up to age 18 across the United States. The summer programs operate in every county in the Bay Area.

If you’re looking for a summer meal site, or know someone who is, here are links to the programs in each Bay Area County:

Alameda (Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Fremont)
Contra Costa (Richmond, Martinez, Concord, Pittsburg, Antioch, etc.)
Marin (Sausalito, Marin City)
Napa (Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga)
San Francisco
San Mateo (East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, Daly City)
Santa Clara (San Jose, Gilroy, Mountain View, etc.)
Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, Watsonville)
Solano (Vallejo, Fairfield, Suisun City, etc.)
Sonoma (Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Guerneville, etc.)

Bridging a Summertime Food Gap 27 June,2011Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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