New CDE Mobile App Helps Families Find Summer and Afterschool Meal Program Locations

The California Department of Education has launched a new app to help students find meals during the summer months.

The CA Meals for Kids mobile app allows users to find the locations of California’s Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs, which are spread throughout the state. These programs provide no-cost meals to children aged eighteen and under.

“It is critical that children continue to receive nutritious meals when schools are not in session. This helps to counter summer learning loss and ensures that students are able to return to the classroom ready to learn,” said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. “This application will make it easier for families and caregivers to locate the sites closest to them and receive other information about meal services.”

The CA Meals for Kids App draws upon information submitted to the CDE Nutrition Services Division by local program sponsors and provides the most up-to-date information about meal services available in the community. Children and families can use location-based searches to find meal sites, dates, and times. The app also allows for searches by site name, ZIP code, and city.

The CA Meals for Kids mobile app is available for free download through Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Microsoft’s App Store. More information is available on CDE’s CA Meals for Kids Mobile Application support Web page.