The Garden Grove Unified School District will be offering a free Summer Meal program to serve families in need and help ensure that children do not go hungry when school is not in session. This summer, GGUSD will offer free summer lunch to all children age 18 and under at 14 locations.
The program is available through the National School Lunch Seamless Summer food service program and does not require enrollment. Lunches, provided at no charge, are designed to meet a student’s nutritional needs. A typical lunch may include a submarine sandwich, pizza, chicken and rice bowl, salad, yogurt, choice of fruits and vegetables from the salad bar, juice and milk. Last year, GGUSD served 64,173 meals through the program.
“For some of our students, school lunch is their primary source of food during the school year,” said Bob Harden, Board of Education president. “This program meets a real need to fight hunger for our children.”
The Stanford branch of the Garden Grove Regional Library will be offering free lunches from June 18 through July 27 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the Chapman branch of the Garden Grove Library will offer free lunch on Monday through Thursdays from June 18 through July 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The summer lunch program schedule will be offered Monday through Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. beginning June 25 through July 20 at Peters K-3, Mitchell, and Heritage elementary schools, as well as Alamitos, Doig, and Fitz intermediate schools.
The Boys and Girls Club will offer the program beginning June 18 through August 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at its headquarters, 9860 Larson Avenue, Garden Grove.
Clinton Elementary School will offer free summer meals June 18 through August 17 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Stanford Elementary School will offer the program from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. June 18 through June 22 as well as July 23 through August 17, and from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. June 25 through July 20.
For more information about meal times, visit http://GardenGrove.HealthELiving.net. Lunch will not be offered on the fourth of July holiday.
The free Summer Meal program is also available to persons with disabilities over 18 who are enrolled in a special education school program. Any person 18 years old and younger is eligible to take advantage of this free program regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Eligible individuals who believe they were subject to discriminatory practices may write the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964.
Call the district Food Services Department at (714) 663-6155 for additional information.