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Summer Lunch Program Under Way

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San Diego's kids can "Power Up Your Summer" at any one of 69 locations in the city that will be serving free lunch this summer.

Summer Fun Cafe San Diego Unified's Food Services Department and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department are once again joining forces to bring the US Department of Agriculture's Seamless Summer Feeding Option to kids throughout the region. The theme this year is "Power Up Your Summer."

"This program provides an important bridge over the summer for children when school is out and they no longer have access to school meals," said Gary Petill, San Diego Unified's Food Services Director. "Good nutrition is very important to a child's continued growth during the summer."

Lunches are being offered at a variety of locations, ranging from city recreation centers, to schools, to military bases beginning June 20. Use the table at the bottom of this story to find a location near you.

Special barbecues are held at selected locations. At the 2012 opening event, the WalMart Foundation funded adult meals.

Other activities scheduled at many barbecues include fruit and veggie games, community organizations providing information about low cost utility and healthcare programs, health screenings, immunizations, food assistance, housing, counseling and summer activities, as well as distributing free fruit and vegetables. Children can participate in all the activities at this and other barbecues throughout the summer, earning points toward a super cool Power Up Your Summer patch.

Most of the 69 locations will have a similar barbecue during the summer, but daily fare is much more simple. Kids receive a sandwich, fruit and juice for lunch, all in line with federal nutritional guidelines. Breakfast will be served at 35 locations, mostly schools, beginning in late July.

"Each parent and guardian can be assured that their child is getting a good breakfast or lunch through this program," said Petill.

Use the Zip Code guide below to find the lunch program location near you.

2013 Summer Fun Cafe Locations

Sites are open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Location Address Zip Code Breakfast Time Lunch Time Start Date End Date Barbecue Date 1 Barbecue Date 2
BAME Child Development Center 3085 K Street 92102 None 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13
Jackie Robinson YMCA 151 YMCA Way 92102 None Noon-1 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 10-Jul-13
Stockton Recreation Center 330 32nd St 92102 None Noon-1 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
Balboa Park/Morley Field 2221 Morley Field Dr 92104 None 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 Friday, July 19, 2013
Pacific Beach Recreation Center 1405 Diamond Street 92109 None 12:30 - 1:30 pm 6/17/13 8/30/13 Friday, June 28, 2013
Santa Clara Recreation Center 1008 Santa Clara Pl. 92109 None Noon-1 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 Thursday, July 11, 2013
Admiral Hartman Recreation Center 4649 Donaldson Dr 92109 None Noon-1 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13
Gateway CYP 2741 Mendonca Dr 92110 None Noon-1 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 Friday, August 9, 2013
Chesterton CYP 7427 Linda Vista Rd 92111 None 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13
Linda Vista Recreation Center 7064 Levant St 92111 None 12:30-1:30 p.m. 6/17/13 8/30/13 Friday, August 9, 2013