Summer Food Program

Summer food program feeds hundreds of children each week
Posted on 06/12/2020
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School may be out for the summer, but an important aspect of the Hughson Unified School District’s mission continues – the free food program.


Almost 800 breakfasts and lunches are prepared, packaged and distributed each week, providing nutritious meals for youngsters and teens in families for whom food is an issue. The program is paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 and 10 a.m., Hughson’s Food Services Department enthusiastically hands out meals at two locations:


  • Hughson Elementary School, 7201 E. Whitmore Ave.
  • Rolland Starn Park, 1924 Tully Road


On Mondays and Wednesdays, the lunch bags are packed with two breakfasts and two lunches to get youngsters through two days of meals. On Fridays, there is one breakfast and one lunch.


Jonathan Kneiss, the district’s food services director, said breakfasts consist of pop tarts, muffins, cereal and fresh fruit. Favorites for lunch include chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, turkey sandwiches, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Juice also is included with the meals.


All children 18 and younger are eligible to participate in the program – even those who haven’t started school yet. They do not have to be in the vehicle when parents or caregivers pick up the meals.


The program began June 1 and will run through July 24.


“We are happy to be able to offer food for our students through the summer months,” said Hughson Superintendent Brenda Smith. “Our Food Service Department has done a great job providing breakfast and lunch through the school closure.  Now that we are on summer break, it is a pleasure to continue to feed our community.  We are looking forward to having everyone return to school August 12th!”

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