Free Summer Meals For Youngsters

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The San Leandro Unified School District is once again offering the free annual Summer Feeding Program this year.

Free breakfasts and lunches will be served to all children and youth ages 18 and under, with no paperwork necessary from June 18 to August 17, at specific locations. 

Uuless otherwise noted, breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  1. San Leandro High School, 2200 Bancroft Avenue (breakfast served only from June 25 to August 2, no breakfast on Fridays);
  2. Garfield Elementary, 1305 Aurora Drive;
  3. Jefferson Elementary, 14300 Bancroft Avenue (breakfast served only from June 25 to July 26, no breakfast on Fridays);
  4. San Leandro Boy & Girls Club, 401 Marina Boulevard (ends August 3, and lunch served Noon to 1:00 p.m.);
  5. Cherry Grove Park, 1600 Williams Street (lunch only)
  6. Washington Manor Park, 14900 Zelma Street;
  7. Chabot Park Day Camp, 17600 Lake Chabot Road (July 9 to August 3, lunch only, noon to 12:30 p.m.)

For more information, call 667-3508

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, you can find many options through an online resource list compiled by Alameda County Nutrition Action Partners.

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Paul June 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Did the school district get some funding for this?
Summer Hemphill June 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
This is funded by the federal government's School Lunch Program (USDA) signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946. It has served over 200 billion free or subsidized lunches since it's inception. The school districts expenses are limited to the cost of any non-volunteer personnel & use of any facilities that haven't donated the space needed to serve the lunches. It's heartening to know that the many children who otherwise wouldn't receive this wholesome nutrition weekdays during the summertime will once again be able to do so. Many thanks to the many wonderful people involved in this most worthy effort for the children of San Leandro ! "No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child" - Abraham Lincoln
Paul June 28, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Thanks for the info. This will sound harsh but it is to bad that parents can't provide meals for their own children since I imagine most of the parents of these children are already getting some sort of government subsidy in the form of WIC and/or food stamps.
David June 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparetable.jsp?cat=1&ind=26 The average monthly food stamp benefit per Californian on it is $147/month. By way of comparison, my entire budget for *all* the stuff I buy at the grocery store (including diapers, soap, etc) for my family of 5 is currently about $800/month (and yes, I keep track and have kept track for a decade on my computer). With more careful budgeting (when I've been between jobs or just tight on cash), I've driven it as low as $650-$700/month, and we're still eating meat, fresh fruit, etc. If a family is receiving the $147/month average per person, there is no reason for additional free meals. It's just a waste of tax dollars. This is evidenced by the continued thriving black market in food stamps. If the food stamps were truly needed, there would not be a resale market.
Summer Hemphill June 28, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Now here's a Republican dichotomy ! The religious right wants to "Feed the Children" overseas while the tea-party right wants to starve them here at home !! It's no wonder that they can't garner support from the poor,criticizing this program & claiming those receiving food stamps get too much now. It's this kind of smug,callous & cavalier attitude toward the less fortunate that will guarantee another four years in the White House for President Obama !
Paul June 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
The point is that people are scaming not only the system but taxpayers that work to feed and house people that have no desire to work and contribute. Do some people need help? Sure I am sure some do. But others are more than willing to mooch off of others. Another point I would like to make is if you can't afford the kids you have now why have more? I have a job that, as part of my employment aggrement, requires me to take random drug testing. I think if you are getting ANY kind of government/taxpayer assistance you should have to pass a drug test as well and if you don't your are cut off.
Leah Hall June 28, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Feeding our children and making sure they receive the nurishment we all deserve... It's all a left-wing conspiracy meant to take down America: Fat and Furious!
Summer Hemphill June 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that 14.1% of Americans use marijuana regularly. Are you suggesting that the government deny benefits to which they would otherwise be entitled to the 45 million of your fellow citizens that do so ? It's too bad that your employer has coerced their employees into agreeing to such an invasion of personal privacy. What you do away from work & on your own time is really none of their damn business. Lazy moochers aren't necessarily drug users anymore than whiners like you are the most productive members of our society. Republicans disparage & attack the poor because the poor vehemently oppose their radical right-wing agenda & vote for Democrats in overwhelming numbers. And since Republican policies are turning a growing number of middle-class voters into the working poor this doesn't bode well for their future political aspirations either !
Leah Hall June 28, 2012 at 08:04 PM
In reality, many workers must agree to avoid pot in order to keep their jobs - "medical" pot not withstanding. My soul mate is one of them. The pro-medical pot community doesn't seem to understand how silly they sound to those of us who must adhere to federal laws for our livelyhoods and the well being of our families. We need uniform pot regulations at the federal level and a modern health perspective in the global community.
Summer Hemphill June 28, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Leah,medical marijuana patients aren't protected from reprisals from their employers & can be fired or denied employment just like those who enjoy marijuana on their own time.& away from their workplace. We're sick & tired of anti-marijuana zealots attacking us & infringing upon our legal rights & while our patience is wearing thin our ranks are increasing exponentially ! Anyone with a modicum of understanding of this issue knows that it's being pursued through legislation & litigation at the local,state & federal level. Progress has been stymied due to the historically partisan nature of this issue as most Republicans rightly believe that those who support marijuana reform are mostly Democrats & Independents. It's not the patients who have turned a public health matter into an unnecessary controversy,it's those obstructing state law with dispensary bans who've done so repeatedly & vindictively !
Leah Hall June 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
My husband is not allowed to smoke pot /and/ keep his job. His employer sees no distinction between 'medical marijuana" and "recreational marijuana." I know this topic is crazily confusing in general, but actually it isn't confusing at all in the employee handbook. Smoke it and you lose your job. May I repeat my last sentence: We need uniform pot regulations at the federal level and a modern health perspective in the global community.
David June 28, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The point is that food stamp welfare already pays for "the children."
Summer Hemphill June 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
It was never the voter's intention to allow employers to discriminate against medical marijuana patients who use their doctor recommended medication when they're not working. Otherwise the self-employed or unemployed would be the only beneficiaries of the Compassionate Use Act passed by voters in 1996. State courts have ruled that patients aren't protected from employer reprisals & efforts to reconcile the issue have been stalled in the legislature due to efforts of anti-drug crusaders,law enforcement,employer groups & the Chamber of Commerce. It's nice to know who your friends are,but it's better to let everyone know who their enemies are & why ! Locally it's the Chamber of Commerce & their members who bankroll the campaigns of those who oppose "safe & legal access" in San Leandro in defiance of the majority of their neighbors. Keep this in mind when deciding if & where to spend your hard earned cash in a town run by those violating their oath of office & obstructing state law !
Paul June 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
First of all I choose not to smoke pot so I can have a job. Since I have a commercial drivers license it is a law that I be tested. Would I like to smoke pot once in awhile ? sure, I don't drink either since I feel it is far worse a drug. As for me "whining" if being tired of my tax dollars going to people who have no intention of working and are happy to live off the system then I guess I am a whiner and I am sure a lot of others are as well. It is not a Democratic or Republican thing it is a people should contribute thing.


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