More than 5,000 free meals will be served in South Valley to prevent children’s hunger

Published in the June 13 – 26, 2018 issue of Gilroy Life

Image result for Santa Clara County LibraryIn an effort to combat child hunger, the YMCA of Silicon Valley, the Santa Clara County Library District, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties are partnering to provide meals at Morgan Hill Library, Gilroy Library and the SCCLD Bookmobile sponsored program at Gwinn Elementary School in San Martin.

The three meal sites are located in underserved communities where families can receive free and nutritious meals and participate in SCCLD’s Summer Reading Program.

“Too many kids risk going hungry during the summer when they lose access to free and low-cost school lunch plans,” said Mary Hoshiko Haughey, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Silicon Valley. “The Y is proud to be working together with our partners in the community to fill that gap.”

At the three meal sites launched last year, free and nutritious lunches are available to youth and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. The libraries anticipate serving more than 5,000 meals during the course of the summer and have contracted with Revolution Foods to provide healthy meals that help promote growth and development.