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FREE Summer Lunch

Free Meals for youth around San Diego!

June 10 – August 2* | Weekdays | 12 – 1 p.m.†

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San Diego Public Library has partnered with the San Diego Unified School District to help end summer hunger. Free summer lunch will be provided for youth aged 0-18 at select libraries, parks, recreation centers and other community sites; some locations will also serve breakfast.

Find a summer meal site near you:

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Call: 2-1-1

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* At San Diego Public Library, no meals are served June 19 (Juneteenth), July 1 (staff development) and July 4 (Independence Day). For other closures, contact the meal site directly.
† Hours vary by host. Select sites also provide breakfast. Check each section for details.


San Diego Public Library

It’s more than just lunch—San Diego Public Library bridges the summer learning gap, too! Around lunch time, SDPL meal sites hold free performances and shows, enrichment programs and activities for everyone to enjoy, while providing parents and guardians information about community resources and opportunities—including the annual summer reading program!

Meal Site Summer Programming Summer Reading Program

Free Summer Lunch Banner - June 10 - August 2

San Diego Central Library 
330 Park Blvd.

College-Rolando Library
6600 Montezuma Rd.

 Skyline HIlls Library
7900 Paradise Valley Rd.


San Diego Unified School District

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Lunch is served, all summer long* throughout San Diego Unified School District. Students enrolled in summer school have easy access to lunch—please check the SDUSD website for hours, locations and details. * Sites hosted by San Diego Unified School District are closed June 19 (Juneteenth) and July 4 (Independence Day). No meals are served those days.

Summer Fun Cafe Program


Parks & Recreation

Kids and teachers playing with colorful tarp and balls

The City of San Diego's Parks and Recreation department will provide free summer lunch† for all youth at 20 locations. In addition, most of these sites will serve breakfast.

Breakfast: 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.

Rec Center Details






3491 Adams Ave.


City Heights*4380 Landis St.619-641-6125
Colina del Sol5319 Orange Ave.


Encanto6508 Wunderlin Ave.


Golden Hill2600 Golf Course Dr.


Linda Vista7064 Levant St.


Martin Luther King Jr.6401 Skyline Dr.


Mira Mesa*8575 New Salem St.


Mountain View641 S Boundary Stm St.


North Clairemont*4421 Bannock Ave.


North Park4044 Idaho St.


Paradise Hills*6610 Potomac St.


Penn Athletic Field2555 Dusk Dr.


Serra Mesa9020 Village Glen Drive


Skyline Hills8285 Skyline Dr.


Southcrest4145 Newton Ave.


Stockton*330 32nd St.


Willie Henderson1035 South 45th St.619-527-3407

* Meal site only serves lunch.
† Sites hosted by the City of San Diego Parks & Rec are closed June 19 (Juneteenth) and July 4 (Independence Day). No meals served those days.


Free Lunch around Town

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Community sites throughout San Diego are also participating in the Free Summer Lunch program for youth. These sites also hold breakfast. Check the list for specific hours.

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Community Sites
Breakfast: hours vary
Lunch: 12 p.m.

Navy Child & Youth Programs
Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.

Participating Community Sites:


Breakfast Hours

Copley-Price YMCA 4300 El Cajon Blvd.

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.

Jackie Robinson YMCA 151 YMCA WayBreakfast: 7 a.m.
Mission Valley YMCA 5505 Friars RdBreakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Ryan Family YMCA 4390 Valeta St.Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
The Salvation Army Kroc Center 6753 University AveNo breakfast served
Sherman Heights Ctr. 2258 Island Ave.Breakfast: 8:30 a.m
Ocean Discovery 4255 Thorn St.Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.

Navy Child & Youth Programs:


Bayview Hills 1876 Sky Harbor Rd.
Chesterton 7427 Linda Vista Rd.
Gateway 2741 Mendoca Dr.
Murphy Canyon 4867 Santo Rd.
Village at Serra Mesa 8420 ½ Krenz St.

* All sites are closed for Independence Day on July 4. In addition, all Navy sites and the Sherman Heights Center are closed June 19 for Juneteenth. No meals will be served on observed holidays.


Healthy Meals with San Diego County Library

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Together with Feeding San Diego, San Diego County Library and other community partners will offer free hotmeal service, grab-and-go lunches, afternoon snacks and boxes of dried-goods and fresh produce at select San Diego County Library locations.

Program Dates & Times


Additional Community Resources

2-1-1 San Diego: Food Assistance can connect you to programs that help you and your family stay healthy and well-nourished such as CalFresh, local and regional food banks, emergency food services, the Women Infant Children (WIC) program, and more. If you need help getting food immediately, call 2–1–1.

CalFresh is a program funded by the USDA to help improve the health and nutrition of low-income families. CalFresh can stretch food dollars, allowing families and individuals to buy more fruit,vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and other healthy foods.

Feeding San Diego aims to support families and individuals with nutritious meals. As children are out of school and eating more meals at home during the summer, these resources are even more essential. Feeding San Diego’s website features a list of food distribution sites that have been established throughout San Diego where you can pick up fresh fruits and veggies and other pantry items, at no cost!

Meals on Wheels San Diego County empowers seniors and veterans to remain independent by nourishing their bodies, minds, and spirits. They offer the choice of 1-2 nutritious meals for seven days a week, including holidays, delivered by volunteers. For more information, call 619-260-6110.

Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled, and homeless individuals and their spouses receiving benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants.

San Diego Unified School District: Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing high quality, healthy and tasty meals for our students. On their site, you can find more information about the summer lunch program, free and reduced lunch applications, school gardens, nutritional information, and more!

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter provide nutritious food to people in need, advocate for the hungry, and educate the public about hunger-related issues. Their website features a food locator map tool to locate food distribution sites in San Diego County, at no cost! In addition, you can learn about many of their food resource programs, and more!

WIC program aims to improve the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

You Saved Me Foundation provides access to immediate resources, such as no-cost healthy food & produce, clothing, hygiene products, pet food, digital career training opportunities and more for those who reside in historically underserved and overlooked BIPOC, low-income and justice impacted communities.

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We thank the following partners for supporting Free Summer Lunch.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The Summer Food Service Program is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administered in California by the California Department of Education. Lunch at the Library is a project of the California State Library, supported with funds from the State of California.

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