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Lodi Unified School District serves thousands more free summer meals

Report: In contrast, fewer students are receiving free summer lunches statewide

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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 12:00 am

The number of Lodi Unified School District students who received free breakfast and lunch through a federally funded summer meal program quadrupled from last year with the addition of a new site, bucking a statewide trend that fewer students participated this year.

Statewide participation in July 2011 — an average of nearly 387,000 children per day — was 6 percent lower than it was a year earlier and nearly 30 percent lower than it was in July 2008, the California Food Policy Advocates report found. Yet the number of low-income children served by the National School Lunch Program during the academic year has grown in recent years.

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