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Let’s Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast, too

By Mark Salinas

Free breakfast and lunch for kids

HAYWARD, Calif. -- Started in summer 2011, “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward...and breakfast, too” is a summer breakfast-and-lunch program that provides Hayward and Hayward-area kids with free breakfast and lunch while school is not in session. Hayward Unified School District Food Services and Hayward partners will implement the program again this summer in Hayward and surrounds. All kids under 18-years old are eligible to participate at more than 20 sites throughout the City of Hayward.

They include selected Hayward schools, Hayward Firefighters Local 1909, Hayward Police Junior Giants Baseball Program, faith-based organizations and Hayward-area non-profit organizations. Volunteers, including students from local schools, colleges and universities, will be stationed at sites this summer to distribute free breakfast and lunch to kids who can simply visit the sites and receive a free meal. Organizations can still register to be a service site.

According to the California Department of Education, today, 58 percent of all California kids enrolled in public schools participate in free and reduced-priced meal programs. In Alameda County, 46 percent of all the kids participate. In Hayward, 69 percent participate. In 2011, “Let’s Do Lunch Hayward... and breakfast, too” served more than 60,000 meals. In 2012, more than 260,000 were served. The program is Hayward’s response to meeting the nutritional needs of kids during the summer vacation which is a critical time of year.

For more information, sites and schedule contact Robin Gallagher, Hayward Unified School District Director of Food Services, at (510) 723-3890 or rgallagher@husd.us. Alternatively, contact Hayward Councilman Mark Salinas at (510) 300-5744 or mark.salinas@hayward-ca.gov.



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