The California Summer Meal Coalition (CSMC) is an ILG initiative to combat food insecurity and childhood obesity by ensuring low-income children and youth have access to healthy food when school is out by increasing access to USDA summer meal programs.
CSMC brings together local and state leaders in child nutrition and physical activity, summer learning, food policy, anti-hunger, youth development, school district leadership, city and county leadership, along with the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. These groups share their expertise to develop and promote strategies that strengthen our communities when school is out.
The California Summer Meal Coalition is a statewide network united to combat hunger and obesity by helping California’s children in need access free, healthy meals through the USDA’s summer nutrition programs.
We’re here to help connect you to summer meals in your community. Are you a parent/caregiver looking for a safe, fun place to bring your children during the summer for lunch? Is your organization interested in finding a sponsor to provide summer meals at your location? There are a few ways to connect with summer meals in your community:
Visit the California Department of Education’s searchable online map here
Not interested in re-creating the wheel? Neither are we. Information sharing is one way summer meal providers can help one another build and grow successful summer meal programs. The California Summer Meal Coalition collects resources developed by successful summer meal leaders in an effort to support others with examples and tools that can be tailored to fit the needs of your program.