Summer Food Program for Youth and Teens Ages 1-18

Access to nutritious food is crucial all year round, not just during the school year. That's why Modesto City Schools remains dedicated to providing nutrition support to our community throughout the summer.

This year, our Summer Food Program will provide free lunches daily to anyone aged 18 and under at 23 park locations across the district. The program runs on weekdays until July 31, excluding the June 19 and July 4 holidays, when sites will be closed.

"Our goal through this program is to ensure every child goes back to school eager to learn by providing them with the nutrition they need during the summer," explained Criss Atwell, Senior Director of Nutritional Services. “Studies show that students who participate in our meal programs consume a healthier range of foods and demonstrate better academic performance. This commitment underscores the district's broader mission to nourish the potential of every child.”

Nutrition Services staff serve free lunches to kids at Sonoma Park

Summer Food Program Details: Children and teenagers ages 1 to 18 can participate. No income requirements, registration, or identification are necessary to receive a meal. Please note that a child must be present to pick up a meal and must eat their lunch on site.

Meal Distribution Locations and Times: 

  • Coffee-Claratina Park: 4400 Highlights Way, 10:45 - 11:00 AM 

  • Davis Park: 2701 College Ave., 11:45 AM - 12:00 PM 

  • Downey Park: 1200 Brighton Ave., 10:45 - 11:00 AM 

  • Dryden Park-Boys &Girls Club: 925 Sunset Ave., 12:20 - 12:35 PM 

  • East La Loma Park: 2001 Edgebrook Dr., 12:20 - 12:35 PM 

  • Everett Park: 1548 Mount Vernon Dr., 12:15 - 12:30 PM 

  • Fairview Park: Modoc and Tuscon Ave., 11:15 - 11:30 AM 

  • George Rogers Park: 1650 Hillside Drive, 12:55 - 1:10 PM 

  • Maddux Youth Center: 615 Sierra Dr., 10:55 - 11:10 AM 

  • Mancini Park: 1204 River Road, 12:20 - 12:35 PM 

  • Mark Twain Park: 1201 California Ave., 12:15 - 12:30 PM 

  • Marshall Park: 440 Sutter Ave., 11:40 - 12:00 PM 

  • Pine Ridge Apts: 1301 Richland Avenue, 11:50 - 12:05 PM 

  • Red Shield Center: 1649 Las Vegas Street, 10:45 - 11:00 AM 

  • Riverside Park: 420 N. Riverside Drive, 11:50 - 12:05 PM 

  • Roosevelt Park: 801 W Orangeburg Ave., 1:00 - 1:15 PM 

  • Shackelford: 100 School Avenue, 11:15 - 11:30 AM 

  • Sharp Park: 1900 Torrid Ave., 12:55 - 1:10 PM 

  • Sonoma Park: 1316 McGuire Dr., 11:15 - 11:30 AM 

  • St. Salazar Park: 2017 St. Salazar Circle, 11:45 - 12:00 PM 

  • Sunrise Village: 433 S. 7th Street, 10:40 - 10:55 AM 

  • Triangle (Crommelin) Park: 2400 Crommelin Ave., 12:45 - 1:00 PM 

  • Wesson Ranch Park: 1001 W Union Ave., 11:15 - 11:30 AM 

WEEKLY MENU: All lunches include a choice of 1% unflavored milk, nonfat chocolate milk, seasonal fruit, fresh vegetables, and condiments. All breads are whole grain. * The menu below is subject to change.

  • Monday: Grilled cheese sandwich 

  • Tuesday: Turkey and cheese sandwich with garden salsa Sun Chips 

  • Wednesday: Corndog

  • Thursday: Twin cheeseburgers 

  • Friday: Summer Lunch Kit with Dorito Chips

Packages of dried cranberries Mom and two sons enjoy free summer lunch on a picnic blanket in the park containers of hummus

Nutrition Details: Each meal includes 1% unflavored or nonfat chocolate milk, seasonal fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole-grain bread. Menus are subject to change to provide fresh and appealing options for children. 

About Modesto City Schools: Modesto City Schools actively provides meals and nutrition education throughout the year. With the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), all students receive free breakfast and lunch during the school year without needing meal applications or household income verification. This program ensures that every student has access to nutritious meals, fostering a better learning environment and supporting academic performance.  

Celery SticksSummer Food Program item