“Serving Free Meals to Hungry Children since 1992!”
For 27 years, Casa Grande Elementary School District (CGESD) has been serving free meals to children in the community during the summer months. Our summer meal program has grown from a humble staff of 24 employees serving approximately 7,200 total meals from six sites in 1992 to an army of 41 staff members serving 43,623 total meals at 23 sites in the summer 2018!
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Program established to ensure that children, ages 18 and younger, continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, meeting federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites. There are no prerequisites, applications or registration required to qualify for the program, just be a child and show up at meal time! Parents are welcome to join the activities and adult meals can be purchased at a value.
The 2019 CGESD sponsored Summer Food Service Program begins on May 28, 2019 and will run through July 26, 2019. The program encourages good health through nutrition and an active lifestyle, as well as providing an opportunity for interactive learning. We host a variety of activities, such as crafts and games, theme days and educational presentations from community and business members that help to keep the children engaged and ready to return to school with a focus on learning.
There will be 20 serving sites offering breakfast and lunch throughout the Casa Grande area this summer, including bus routes in Paradise Palms and Chuichu. Each site will serve meals Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays, at various serving times.
For more information, call 520-876-3411. Answers to frequently asked questions along with site times, locations, menus and event calendar will be posted in May on the Casa Grande Elementary School District’s Nutrition Services webpage at www.cgesd.org.