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News: 06/15/2020

Food Bank’s “COVID-friendly” summer lunch program

Through Aug. 7, the Redwood Empire Food Bank will offer free and healthy breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under across Sonoma County.

Nearly 1,000 Sonoma County children risk experiencing hunger over the summer months. Without enough food or proper nutrition, children face a variety of setbacks. The Summer Lunch Program sites give children a structured source of food to recharge body and mind during this critical time.

"While schools are closed, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is partnering with school kitchens to provide meals for students at varying sites across the county," said Itzul Gutierrez, Hunger Relief Worker at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. "Families with children ages 0-18 can pick up meals from any of the schools, even if the child doesn't attend that school."

With the threat of coronavirus infection, this year's Summer Lunch Program will have varying operations with some sites offering grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and care packages of groceries for the family that can be taken home to prepare and eat.

To find your nearest location, visit, or call 2-1-1. For immediate assistance or more information about the Summer Lunch Program you can call the Redwood Empire Food Bank directly at (707) 523-7900.

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