Despite high rates of hunger across the country and San Diego County, the Sweetwater District continued to provide meals during the summer break to students, who during the regular school year rely on those meals.
Nearly 1,800 students and 300 adults were given a nutritious meal at no cost over the summer break. The Seamless Summer Meals Program was set-up inside the National City Police Department Storefront offices located in the Plaza Bonita Mall.
“Our goal was to provide a bridge to students to get a meal and the proper nutrition they need and deserve during the summer,” said Eric Span, Director of Nutrition Services. “We follow all USDA guidelines and that’s something we are very proud of. “
“We appreciate being part of such a meaningful community program,” said Kelli Nenaber
Senior Director of Marketing Westfield Plaza Malls. “We greatly appreciate the efforts the Sweetwater District put into ensuring the families in our community are cared for and nourished, especially outside the school year routine. “
Any child 18 and under was given a free meal which included breakfast and lunch options. Thanks to a grant, meals were also provided to nearly 300 adults as well.
According to Span, in addition to the no cost meal, guests were happy that there was seating made available to enjoy their meals.
“A lot of kids like to spend most of their days during the summer at the mall. This was a great opportunity to reach kids while their out and about enjoying their summer break,” said Span.