Healthy Meals Program
One in five students is food insecure in the capital region,
which is higher than the national average. Students who go
to school hungry
are unable to focus and learn.
United Way’s Healthy Meals program aims to increase children’s access to well-balanced, nutritious free meals to fuel their ability to learn, play and grow.
Last year, our local United Way served 198,959 meals to local students at 13 after school programs and 23 community sites.
Federal programs exist to help kids, but many nonprofits and schools lack staff or technical support to make these programs happen in their communities. Our local United Way fills those gaps to ensure every child has access to nutritious meals, even during the summer months when they are out of school. In fact, only 19% of youth in our area who participated in the school lunch program received a meal during the summer months.
We’re working to increase that number in the Sacramento region and on a daily basis, we serve more than 1,200 healthy meals in after school programs in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties.
Since 2014, our local United Way has served nearly one million healthy meals in after-school programs and during the summer months.
United Way’s Healthy Meals program provides:
- After-school meals during the academic year.
- Healthy lunches and fun activities at community centers, libraries, and housing communities during the summer.
Your financial support ensures that programs like Healthy Meals continue to grow and help more kids and families in our region. Give today.