SAN DIEGO – For the first time ever, lunches will be offered to students during winter break, across the San Diego Unified School District.
The “Winter Kids Café” was offered in some neighborhoods last year, but this year officials decided to extend the help to families across the district.
“Families depend on it,” said Gary Petill, Director of Food and Nutrition Services for the San Diego Unified School District.
The free lunches will be offered Monday to Friday through the winter break, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, at San Diego Park and Recreation Centers across the district.
“It’s a break for the families economically, it definitely helps out,” said Marine Corp veteran and stay at home dad Kyle Jones.
The lunches are being paid for with a federal grant from the Department of Agriculture and will comply with California’s healthy foods initiative.
There are no requirements; any family can get the help.
“We’re in a tough situation, whether its unemployment or partial employment there are a lot of people that would appreciate the help,” said San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
Kids will also be allowed to stay and play at recreations centers offering the lunches.